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2021 Australian Zanda McDonald Award Winner Announcement Imminent

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

One passionate young ag professional is about to have their life change significantly, when the Australian 2021 winner of the Zanda McDonald Award is announced on Wednesday.

The Award, recognised as Australasia’s agricultural badge of honour, will be crowning their Australian winner at a celebration in Orange, following interviews on Tuesday.

The four Australian finalists are Hugh Dawson, 22, Head Stockman at Barkly Pastoral Company in the Northern Territory, Oli Le Lievre, 28, Consultant at KPMG in Melbourne and Founder of Humans of Agriculture, Rozzie O’Reilly, 28, Breeding Manager at Lambpro in New South Wales, and Tim Emery, 35, a Technical Officer with Tropical Beef Technology Services at the Agricultural Business Research Institute in Roma.

The award, now in its seventh year, recognises talented and passionate young professionals working in agriculture, and provides an impressive prize package that can take their career to the next level.

Organisers have adapted the Award for 2021, in response to COVID-19 border restrictions in Australia and New Zealand, and are crowning not one, but two winners – one from each side of the Tasman – for this prestigious annual Award. The kiwi winner will be announced at a separate celebration in New Zealand in April.

Richard Rains, Award Chairman says it’s been a tricky few months getting to this point with various state border closures, but he’s thrilled to be able to bring the finalists together next week.

“It’s great to be getting underway. In addition to interviews, our finalists will receive expert media training, and spend time with leaders across the agriculture industry before the Award Dinner on Wednesday night, so it’s going to be an action-packed few days. Our four Aussie finalists are an impressive bunch, and we’re committed to providing opportunities for them all. They’re ambitious, passionate, and making huge contributions to the primary sector already. We can’t wait to meet them, and announce our 2021 Australian winner.”

The Australian and the New Zealand winner will each pick up an impressive personal development package, including a fully personalised mentoring trip in Australia and New Zealand (when travel allows), up to $10,000 worth of tailored education or training, media coaching.

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For further enquiries contact:

Rachael Fletcher

Communications and Events, PPP and Zanda McDonald Award +64 272 612 998


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