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Myrniong Farmer Wins Prestigious National Award Monday, 19 December 2005

Government Senator for Victoria, Julian McGauran, today congratulated local man, Peter Muir, for winning a 2006 Young People’s Rural Development Award.

Senator McGauran said that Mr Muir was one of only eight people nationally this year to win this prestigious Australian Government Award.

Announced today by Australian Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Peter McGauran, each Award winner will receive up to $10,000 to pursue a project that will benefit their particular industry or local community.

“The awards also represent a unique opportunity for young rural Australians to develop their personal and professional skills, meet with industry heavyweights and set up a network of business contacts that may otherwise have taken years to assemble,” Senator McGauran said.

“The winners will produce reports detailing their project findings, and also share their experiences with others in their industries and communities.

“It’s a win-win — industry gets to take advantage of the new ideas and opportunities resulting from the projects, and the award winners get to boost their leadership and research skills, their industry understanding and their networking ability” he said.

The Young People’s Rural Development Awards are part of the Australian Government’s highly successful Industry Partnerships Programme.

The Industry Partnerships Programme includes other capacity building initiatives for young people such as the Young Rural Leaders’ Course, Corporate Governance Scholarships, the Export Market Development Training Course and the Entrepreneurial Management initiative.

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