Delungra man wins Rural Achiever Award

April 24, 2015

Twenty-eight year old Charles Mill, son of David and Lindy Mill of ‘Kurrajong’ Delungra has put the local agriculture community on the map by winning the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Rural Achiever award recently.

Charles Mill
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW 2015 Rural Ambassador, local
Delungra man Charles Mill. Photo courtesy of Elise Campbell

Mr Mill was presented the award at a ceremony at the Sydney Royal Show and was named the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) 2015 NSW Rural Ambassador.

As an agriculture and primary industries teacher at St Joseph’s School in Aberdeen, secretary of the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza for the past six years while also working on his family farm, Mr Mill’s passion for agriculture certainly shines through.

“Attending numerous rural and national shows with the school’s show cattle team is of great interest and is extremely beneficial for the development of student life skills and the fostering of their love for agriculture,” Mr Mill told The Land newspaper.

Mr Mill was selected from the eight finalists of the RAS Rural Achiever awards who included Rowan Alden, Worrigee: Student at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Timothy Eyes, Wyong Park: Farm Manager and Contractor, Diana George, Nevertire: Recent graduate of New England University, Armidale, Jordon Hogg, Moree: Sales Nutritionist for Top Country, Brendan Mansbridge, Eugowra: Livestock Marketing Specialist for Kevin Miller, Witty, Lennon & Co, Kylie Schuller, Sydney: Supply Chain Coordinator, Andrews Meats and Airlie Trescowthick, Holbrook: Livestock and Pasture Assistant, ‘Koombahla’.

RAS general manager agriculture Murray Wilton said the RAS Rural Achievers program has a reputation for developing future leaders of the agricultural industry.

“We received a record number of entries this year. All the finalists were of a high standard, which made selecting the final eight a very difficult decision for the judges,” he said.

The Rural Achievers are currently participating in a 12-month program that provides a range of networking and professional development opportunities, recently concluding an 11 day behind-the-scenes experience at the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show.