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Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital celebrates success

Stanhope community event recognises prestigious national title

Stanhope, Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital for 2015, today hosted an event of LEGENDAIRY proportions with more than 200 community members gathering to celebrate the town’s success in being awarded the coveted title.

In a tremendous display of community spirit, the Stanhope Recreation Reserve came alive with a range of activities - from student performances to sporting games - while local community groups cooked a BBQ lunch, celebrating the spirit of the town and the contribution dairy makes locally.

The event followed the announcement of Stanhope as Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital in September as part of Dairy Australia’s inaugural search for the nation’s most vibrant and resilient dairying communities.


Dairy Australia’s Managing Director, Ian Halliday, said he was delighted to see the Stanhope community come together to celebrate its LEGENDAIRY Capital title win.

“Today marks the end of a long search for this year’s Australian LEGENDAIRY Capital, and what better way to mark the occasion than to see approximately half of the town’s 490 residents join in the celebrations,” he said.

“We’ve been amazed by the people of Stanhope and how they’ve embraced their new title and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase the integral role dairy farmer’s play in communities like these.

“Stanhope is one of many Australian regional towns with a strong vision, and incredible determination and resilience, where the community and dairy industry continue to work together to enable the town to grow and prosper,” he added.

As the LEGENDAIRY Capital of Australia for 2015, Stanhope received a $10,000 community grant to build a playground at the Stanhope Recreation Reserve.


Since receiving the grant, the Stanhope community has rallied together to have the playground built in time for residents and guests to view at the event. The new playground will be a safe, centralised hub for families to gather while they attend local sporting events.

Dairy Australia will start the search for Australia’s next LEGENDAIRY Capital again in 2017 and will be encouraging towns in dairy regions across the country to nominate.



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Dairy Australia’s LEGENDAIRY initiative places the spotlight on the industry as a whole, celebrating Australia’s dairy farmers, the quality foods they produce and their contribution to the Australian economy.

Stanhope named Australia's LEGENDAIRY Capital for 2015

More than 100 nominations, 133 days and 39 towns later, Stanhope, in northern Victoria, has been announced as Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital.

This small town in the Murray Dairy region, home to just 490 people, is the first to hold the coveted title which has been awarded as part of Dairy Australia’s inaugural search for the nation’s most vibrant and resilient dairying communities.

Dairy Australia’s Managing Director, Ian Halliday, said that since the search began in April, he has been extremely impressed by the large number of stories of the tireless contribution dairy farmers make to improve the social fabric of their regional towns.

“It’s wonderful to be able to shine a light on Australia’s dairy farmers and these LEGENDAIRY communities who are proud, innovative and inspiring. Stanhope is a close-knit community that has faced its share of challenges, but it has also thrived by pulling together through the good and tough times,” he said.

Originally founded as a soldier settlement during the First World War, dairy quickly became an important industry and remains so today. The Stanhope community agrees that without dairy, which is a way of life for so many residents, the town would be a very different place.

From sporting teams and social groups, to schools and emergency services, the LEGENDAIRY people of Stanhope are not afraid of hard work, many of them volunteering their time to make the town what it is today.

As the LEGENDAIRY Capital of the Murray Dairy region, Stanhope received a $2500 community grant to enhance a playground at the Stanhope Recreation Reserve. That project, identified and supported by the many groups and local residents in the town, will now receive a further $7500.

A community event will be held in Stanhope in the near future to celebrate the news and the people behind the nomination. To see and hear from the proud and passionate people of Stanhope, watch their video:

The seven remaining regional finalists that also received a $2500 grant to invest in a community project are:

  • Meeniyan (Gippsland)
  • Peterborough (Western Victoria)
  • Comboyne (New South Wales)
  • Monto (Subtropical)
  • Port Elliot (South Australia)
  • Smithton (Tasmania)
  • Northcliffe (Western Australia)

The bi-annual search for Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital will begin again in 2017 and once again, Dairy Australia will be encouraging towns across all dairy regions to nominate. For more information on Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital 2015 visit