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The search is on for Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital 2017 through a program that’s successfully putting rural towns on the map and shining a spotlight on dairy farmers and their regional communities.

Dairy Australia is calling on people across Australia’s eight dairy regions to nominate their town as the next LEGENDAIRY Capital by sharing their stories and highlighting the ways their town embodies the LEGENDAIRY spirit. 
Launched in 2015, Dairy Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital program celebrates regional communities around the country by highlighting how dairy farmers contribute to their town, their industry and the Australian economy. 
Dairy Australia program manager, Suzi O’Dell, said the program recognises the strength and resilience of hard-working communities and the vital role dairy farmers play in building the social fabric of their towns. 
“Dairy farmers - and people working across the dairy supply chain – are at the heart of hundreds of Australian regional communities,” Ms O’Dell said. 
“In 2015, Stanhope in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, was named the inaugural Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital. Now we’re back on the road looking for the next round of ‘Capitals’ that share the LEGENDAIRY spirit.” 
Locals from each of Australia’s eight dairy regions in Gippsland, South West Victoria, the Murray region, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Subtropical region are encouraged to nominate their town for the prestigious title by sharing stories about what makes their town LEGENDAIRY. 
One finalist from each of the eight regions will receive $2,500 to invest in a community project and one of those towns will then go on to secure the coveted title of Australia's LEGENDAIRY Capital 2017, receiving an additional grant of $7,500. 
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a not-for-profit organisation working towards enabling communities to build their social capital and economic resilience, is supporting Dairy Australia on this program. 
Chief Executive of FRRR, Natalie Egleton, said: “Every day, farmers juggle the demands of their operations with the needs of the local community.
"The LEGENDAIRY Capital program celebrates this commitment by pulling together as one, and finding ways to build robust communities that will endure and prosper." 
Nominations are open until 5pm on April 10, 2017. 
For more information on Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital program, including details on how to nominate, visit www.legendairy.com.au/capital 


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