In early February 2017, the search began to find and recognise Australia’s Legendairy towns.
Stories have been shared from Beaudesert to Berry, Cowaramup to King Island, and everywhere in between.
Ringarooma, home to just 232 people, is the second national Legendairy Capital to be announced as part of Dairy Australia’s search for the nation’s most inspiring and connected dairy towns.
Dairy Australia’s managing director Ian Halliday said the nominations received highlighted the enormous pride regional communities felt for their town and local dairy industry.
“It’s important we continue to recognise hard-working dairyfarmers and their families and the contribution they make to their vibrant communities, the dairy industry and Australia’s economy," Mr Halliday said.
“It is clear from Ringarooma’s nomination that they’re an inclusive community that’s passionate about dairyfarming and committed to sharing dairy’s story with the next generations.”
Known as the heart of family farming in the Dorset municipality, Ringarooma has a strong dairyfarming history dating back to the 1860s when the land was first opened up to farming.
After a property was subdivided into lots in 1882, the community was born.
Before being renamed Ringarooma in 1888, the town was initially known as Krushka Town, named after the original landowner.
As the Legendairy Capital of Tasmania, Ringarooma received a $2500 community grant to renew recreational areas of the Ringarooma primary school, as well as extending the school’s vegetable garden and maintaining the town’s defibrillator.
The town will now receive an additional $7500 to help restore the primary school’s historical dairy to connect students with the local dairy industry.
A community event will be held in Ringarooma in the near future to celebrate the national title, the community and the people behind the nomination.
Congratulations again to all of the Legendairy Regional Capitals for 2017: Poowong (Gippsland), Cohuna (Murray Region), Hannam Vale (New South Wales), Mount Schank (South Australia), Beaudesert (Subtropical Region), Ringarooma (Tasmania), Cowaramup (Western Australia) and Simpson (Western Victoria).
For more information on Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital program visit: www.legendairy.com.au/capital.
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