Search on for Legendairy town

10 Mar, 2017 10:16 AM
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Students from the Stanhope Primary School on stage at the Legendairy Capital Community Celebration.
The whole town was ecstatic and I thought – well it doesn’t get any better than this.
Students from the Stanhope Primary School on stage at the Legendairy Capital Community Celebration.

Nominations now open for Australia’s Legendairy Capital 2017.

With the search on again for Australia’s Legendairy Capital 2017, Dairy Australia is encouraging those interested in nominating their town to reflect on the program’s inaugural title holder: Stanhope.

This small town in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, with a population of just under 500, used the program’s funding to build a playground next to the football oval and netball courts for the whole community to enjoy.

“Stanhope’s submission perfectly captured the spirit of the town and the contribution dairy farmers make to the social fabric of the community,” Dairy Australia regional manager Jenny Wilson said.

“Dairy is the backbone of Stanhope and since their nomination, the community has made the most of its Legendairy status including erecting a number of Legendairy Capital signs on the outskirts of town, and creating a Legendairy Capital postmark for letters being sent from Stanhope to destinations all over the world.”

Stanhope nominator Andrew Hipwell said being a part of the Legendairy Capital program was a truly unifying experience for Stanhope.

“We’re a very proud community here in Stanhope," he said.

"We all worked together to get our nomination in and we celebrated together when the town was announced as the 2015 Legendairy Capital of Australia.

“Receiving the inaugural title was a fantastic achievement for us all. I encourage everyone across the country’s dairying regions to nominate their town in 2017. It really is a fantastic program.

“I remember the day it was announced, the community, young and old, came together for a photo down at the school.

"The whole town was ecstatic and I thought – well it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Dairy Australia is calling on people across Australia’s eight dairy regions - Gippsland, south west Victoria, the Murray region, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Subtropical region - to nominate their town for the prestigious title by sharing stories about what makes their town Legendairy.

One finalist from each of the eight regions will receive $2500 to invest in a community project, and one of those towns will then go on to secure the coveted title of Australia's Legendairy Capital 2017, receiving an additional grant of $7500.

Nominations are open until 5pm on April 10, 2017.

For more information on Australia’s Legendairy Capital program, including details on how to nominate, visit http://www.legendairy.com.au/capital.

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