Ringarooma crowned 2017 LEGENDAIRY Capital of Australia
In early February 2017, the search commenced to find and recognise Australia’s LEGENDAIRY towns. Stories have been shared from Beaudesert to Berry, Cowaramup to King Island, and everywhere in between.
Nine months later, the search is over. Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital for 2017 is Ringarooma, from the heart of Tasmania’s north-east.
Home to just 232 people, the town is the second national LEGENDAIRY Capital to be announced as part of Dairy Australia’s search for the nation’s most inspiring and connected dairy towns.
Dairy Australia’s Managing Director, Ian Halliday said, the nominations received highlighted the enormous pride regional communities felt for their town and local dairy industry.
“It’s important we continue to recognise hard working dairy farmers and their families and the contribution they make to their vibrant communities, the dairy industry and Australia’s economy, Mr Halliday said.
“It is clear from Ringarooma’s nomination that they’re an inclusive community that’s passionate about dairy farming and committed to sharing dairy’s story with the next generations.”
Known as the heart of family farming in the Dorset municipality, Ringarooma has a strong dairy farming history dating back to the 1860s when the land was first opened up to farming. After a property was subdivided into lots in 1882, the community was born. Prior to being renamed Ringarooma in 1888, the town was initially known as Krushka Town, named after the original landowner.
As the LEGENDAIRY Capital of Tasmania, Ringarooma received a $2,500 community grant to renew recreational areas of the Ringarooma primary school, as well as extending the school’s vegetable garden and maintaining the town’s defibrillator. The town will now receive an additional $7,500 to help restore the primary school’s historical dairy to connect students with the local dairy industry.
A community event will be held in Ringarooma in the near future to celebrate the national title, the community and the people behind the nomination.
Congratulations again to all of the LEGENDAIRY Regional Capitals for 2017: Poowong (Gippsland), Cohuna (Murray Region), Hannam Vale (New South Wales), Mount Schank (South Australia), Beaudesert (Subtropical Region), Ringarooma (Tasmania), Cowaramup (Western Australia) and Simpson (Western Victoria).
Dairy Australia’s award-winning LEGENDAIRY Capital program asked towns from across Australia’s eight dairy regions to describe what makes them LEGENDAIRY and to nominate a project that will benefit the community.
An independent panel of representatives from Australian Dairy Farmers and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) was appointed to assess each nomination and grade finalists against a set of program criteria.