There were encouraging words about how well the local agricultural sector is going from a farmer and Mulwaree Trust director John Reynolds at a scholarship presentation ceremony recently.
The Veolia Mulwaree Trust awarded a new batch of scholarships to agriculture students at Goulburn Mulwaree TAFE.
At a presentation at the Goulburn Campus of TAFE NSW on Friday, June 8, cheques of $2000 each were presented to three Agriculture students – Jayden Neale and Jayde Coggan from Goulburn and Violet Jenkins from Crookwell.
In presenting the scholarships, Veolia Mulwaree Trust director John Reynolds said it was very pleasing to see so many young people studying Agriculture.
“These are the biggest numbers we have seen so far,” Mr Reynolds said.
“We need you in the bush. I have wool and fat lambs and cattle and we are screaming for people to come and work out there in the bush.
“It may not be full-time work at the start, but rather a couple of part-time jobs, but you have to get a start somewhere, so stick with it. I have for over 50 years and it has really come good now.”
Agriculture head teacher Jillian Atkinson said the students could use the scholarships to help with course fees, travel, equipment and safety gear.
“These scholarships support the whole Goulburn Mulwaree region,” she said.
She said there are courses running in Agriculture for Cert I, II, III and IV as well as a diploma.
“It is pleasing to see the number of students undertaking Agriculture has grown a lot over the last five years," she said.
“It reflects growing confidence in the sector among young people.”
The scholarships bodes well for the district and shows that many young people plan a future in farming.