Cumnock-local Amy Munro was crowned winner of the 2020-21 Agriculture Student of the Year at the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.
Amy was recognised for her passion to improve animal husbandry, her efforts to boost gender equality and diversity in the agriculture industry and her continued drive to further her education in animal welfare.
“Amy is from a cattle property near the Central West town of Cumnock. No stranger to hard yakka on the farm, Amy proved she could work even harder in the high school classroom, followed by the university lecture halls of CSU in Wagga Wagga,” said Andrew Gee MP.
“Driven and inspired, Amy continually went the extra mile with her studies, volunteering in India and Norway to gain international veterinary experience. While studying, she has contributed her time and energy to the Australian Women in Agriculture organisation, serving as a board member and vice president.”
“Amy has demonstrated vision and leadership well beyond her years,” Andrew finished.
Andrew praised the education available in rural areas and added that three different scholarships are available to support country students: the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships, the Tertiary Access Payment and the Destination Australia scholarships.