Armidale`s SmartShepherd has designed, developed and now produces a revolutionary way to determine maternal family trees for the Australian sheep industry. The lamb/mother system, based on electronic collars, records the interactions between lambs and ewes and can determine the relationships between them. The main beneficiary of the SmartShepherd system will be sheep stud farms, although commercial sheep companies have shown great interest in improving their maternal genetic selection with SmartShepherd. Lupins for Life of Jindera is passionate about introducing the nutritional benefits of White Australian Lupins into communities. Founded by farmers Gary and Heather Drew, Lupins for Life is a family-owned business that has developed a unique nine-step grinding process to provide 100% natural, protein-rich, fiber-rich products, including the world`s first roasted protein flocone. They have been committed to innovation and have met with the Ministry of Agriculture over the past thirty years. The value chain benefits the local community, increases local production and creates a sense of pride and performance for the farming community. You also have a zero production policy. The Ministry of Lands Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000) • Coomba District Progress Association – Coomba• The drought relief team, Rural Care Inc – Jindera• Tullamore Inc – Tullamore Neil Rose of Norah Head, is committed to preserving the reserve for current and future generations. Neil has been a member of the Trust and Land Manager Board of the Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve for six years. As the current Chairman of the Board of Directors, he ensures that all areas are preserved and protected in accordance with applicable legislation. It assists with financial management, agrees with the Council of Rural Directors and ensures that the reserve is safe and accessible to the public.
He also collaborates with the marketing committee and reserve managers on advertising and manages revenue from visits and event bookings. Neil has worked in the civil sector for over 30 years. Jillian Critchley of the Engadine has been instrumental in the lives of young people with disabilities. Both her daughters and her husband Peter have CMT, a physical disability and Jill has been a committee member of the CMT Association of Australia for 10 years. Jill is the founder of the Charcot Marie Tooth Aussie Kids Program and also designed the CMTAK Mentor Program. It contributes to the organisation of annual conferences where health and health professionals, as well as people with CMT from rural and regional areas, can discuss and support. She was an NSW/ACT finalist at the 2017 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards, early childhood educator of the year category. The Kleenheat Gas Environment and Landcare Award• Environmental Champions Program Caldwell Cluster Group – Barham• Little River Landcare Group Inc – Yeoval• Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Group Inc – Taree The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award• Fingal Head Coastcare Inc – Fingal Head• Illawarra Youth Landcare – Illawarra; Ray Thompson – Nyngan. Steve Semmens of Bathurst founded “The Persuader” 14 years ago.
Le Persuader offers business coaching services. He has constantly developed his loyal customer base through word of mouth and networking activities. Over the past 25 years, Steve has actively contributed to many community organizations by donating his time and business knowledge and leveraging his contacts to raise funds. He encourages everyone he interacts with to give something back to the Community, buy locally and work together. .