Winslow Farmers Win Premier’s Awards

Published on 11 October 2019

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A focus on sustainable and ethical farming by Kia Ora Merino was recognised last night when the family-owned farm won two categories at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards, including the overall Regional Recognition Award.

Owned by James and Nicole Finnegan, Kia Oro Merino also took home the award for Small and Medium Enterprises.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe congratulated the Finnegan’s on their tireless work to produce wool sustainably.

“On behalf of all Moyne Councillors I congratulate James and Nicole on their commitment to sustainable farm practices.

“Some of the key elements to their management include improving water quality, not using inorganic fertilizers, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and selective breeding of livestock for flystrike and worm resistance,” Cr Wolfe said.

“They also have a policy of 100% recycling or reuse and have eliminated environmentally damaging practises such as the use of plastic silage wrap.

“The practises they have introduced have had huge gains for the environment, and in 2018 they achieved accreditation under the global Responsible Wool Standard, which is the highest wool quality standard in the world.

“The Finnegan’s have shown that employing sustainable farming practises is not only good for the environment, it can increase the overall demand and value of a product.”

Kia Ora Merino were also recognised earlier in 2019 at the Moyne Shire Environmental Sustainability Awards, winning the Short-Term Award.

Cr Wolfe also congratulated Colleen Hughson from Good Will Nurdle Hunting who was a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards for helping to protect the marine environment.

“Good Will Nurdle Hunting is dedicated to removing nurdles (plastic resin pellets) from our beaches,” Cr Wolfe said

“Collaborating with numerous businesses and individuals, Colleen has led the way in removing more than 650,000 nurdles from the region’s beaches.   

“Both Kia Oro Merino and Good Will Nurdle Hunting are great examples of local people doing big things to help our environment. It’s fantastic to see them recognised at a State level through the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.”


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