Rural Ambassador from Maffra

A YOUNG Maffra woman has taken out the title of 2013 Rural Ambassador.

Stephanie Bullen of Maffra and District Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society has been presented the award by Victorian Agricultural Shows.

The awards showcase outstanding candidates dedicated to the local community. 

 Passionate about the Australian dairy industry, Ms Bullen has a double degree in veterinary biology and veterinary science and is currently conducting a research project to improve parasite control in young stock on local dairy farms. 

She and her partner live on a 340-cow Holstein dairy farm.

The awards aim to highlight and reward the talent, creativity and ingenuity of young rural Victorians who are making a significant contribution to their local communities. 

 The Rural Ambassador Awards provide winners with a $3000 financial contribution to their career development. 

 Rural Victorians aged 20 to 30 are eligible to enter the Rural Ambassador Awards, with candidates progressing from a local show level to a regional final and then onto the state final, which was held last month.

 State finalists undertook a written component, a 20-minute interview and delivered a three-minute presentation.  

 Finalists were assessed on their communication and leadership qualities, and level of involvement, or readiness to become actively involved in their local agricultural shows. 

Victorian Agricultural Shows executive officer Rod Bowles congratulated Ms Bullen on her award.

 “I would like to acknowledge and thank the show societies that co-ordinate the local and group finals for the Rural Ambassador Awards,” he said.

 “These groups play an important role in rural communities and awards like these would not be possible without their support and dedication.”