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    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Nominations open for Minister’s Resilience Awards

    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    Nominations open for Minister’s Resilience Awards

    Queensland farmers and graziers who have bounced back from natural disasters and are taking part in this year’s Ekka are in the running for the 2014 Minister’s Resilience Awards.

    Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the awards recognised primary producers in livestock and agriculture who had overcome adversity.

    “With much of the state still in the grip of drought, the resilience of people on the land has been severely tested,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “Every Queenslander needs a farmer and it’s our turn to acknowledge their determination to rise above nature’s challenges to bring the farm to the Ekka.

    “These brave Queenslanders are an important part of our agricultural industry, one of the four pillars of the state’s economy. The awards are a fitting tribute to them .”

    RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the resilience award recognised those on the land whose perseverance was an inspiration for us all.

    “The heart and soul of the Ekka lies in the competitors and exhibitors who, for the past 137 years, have travelled from across the state to showcase the best of our amazing agricultural industries,” Mr Christou said.

    “The Ekka is all about bridging the city/country divide, it forms a rich part of our state’s social and cultural heritage thanks to the efforts of these hard working producers.”

    The awards are open to all primary producers who have shown resilience in the face of hardship in a natural disaster, have taken personal responsibility for their recovery and are showing at Ekka 2014.

    Last year’s awards went to a family of cattle and stockhorse breeders at Eidsvold and a pineapple farmer from the Gympie region whose properties had been badly damaged by floodwaters.

    “People on the land are often the most humble so nominate a friend or neighbour who deserves to be recognised for their resilience and contribution to this year’s show,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    Nominations close 2 July 2014 with the award sashes to be presented by the Minister during the Ekka.

    Visit www.ekka.com.au for nomination forms and further information.

    [ENDS] 30 June 2014

    Media Contacts:

    Minister Crisafulli: Andrew Longmire 0418 216 627

    RNA: Veronica Carew 0408 323 631