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John Hanrahan Scholarship supports agriculture’s next generation

Riverine Plains hosted an Agribusiness Dinner at Corowa in celebration of the families, communities and businesses involved in agriculture across the region. The event also featured a fundraising auction for the John Hanrahan Scholarship.

On Friday 2 March, Riverine Plains, hosted an Agribusiness Dinner at Corowa, attended by 165 people. The dinner was held in celebration of the families, communities and businesses involved in agriculture across the region, as well as being the official launch of the John Hanrahan Scholarship.

Riverine Plains Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that the Scholarship is named in honour of John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer and respected community member from Coreen, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014.

“John was a great friend and supporter of Riverine Plains Inc and he had a real enthusiasm for the types of ongoing research that Riverine Plains Inc is involved with”, said Barry.

“Through a generous donation made by the Hanrahan family, Riverine Plains has been able to establish a Scholarship in John’s name to honour his passion for farming, his thirst for knowledge and his sense of community”.

The scholarship, awarded annually, will recognise and encourage agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region through the support of a local second year student in their agriculture/agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree studies.

“We are aiming to raise additional funds so the Scholarship can continue in perpetuity, and invite members, sponsors and friends of Riverine Plains Inc, and the wider community, to consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund so that this vision can be realised” added Barry.

The evening also featured Ms Alexandra Gartmann, Managing Director and CEO of Rural Bank, who spoke about her own leadership journey as well as Rural Bank’s Scholarship Program, which has been supporting students since 1992.

Ms Gartmann described how scholarships can open doors for an exciting and diverse agricultural career and commended Riverine Plains Inc and the Hanrahan Family on the establishment of the John Hanrahan Scholarship.

The evening also included an impressive food and wine display, which showcased the diverse and wonderful range of agricultural produce originating from north east Victoria and southern NSW.  Produce featured in the display was donated by a number of local businesses, before being sold in hampers and raising over $3500 for the Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc sincerely thank the following businesses for their generous donations:

  • AWB (Canola Oil)
  • Billabong Produce
  • Cofield Winery
  • Greta Vale Orchard
  • Holbrook Paddock Eggs
  • John Doyle Potatoes
  • Jones Winery & Vineyard
  • Junee Abattoirs
  • Katamatite Garlic
  • Lambtastic
  • Lupins for Life
  • Malt Shed Brewery
  • Murray Estate Wines,
  • Murray River Produce
  • Murray Valley Pork             
  • Mt Pilot Estate
  • Rennylea Angus
  • Rich Glen Olive Estate
  • Riverina Dairy
  • Riverina Oilseeds & Bioenergy
  • RMB Stillard Nominees (Tomatoes)
  • Ross Tomatoes
  • Rutherglen Estates Winery
  • The Wicked Virgin
  • Uncle Toby’s,
  • Willowbank
  • Winemakers of Rutherglen

The John Hanrahan Scholarship Fund has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status.  For information on how to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au.



Michelle Pardy
Communications Manager Bachelor of Agricultural Science

19 March 2018



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