Greater Hume Shire award honours innovation in design

Landaco Equipment principal Peter Connor, of Wagga, won the Best Australian Designed and Manufactured Agricultural Machine award in 2016.

Greater Hume Shire has stepped forward to support the best Australian designed and manufactured agricultural machine judged at this year’s field days.

The award, previously sponsored by the Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia, will be presented by Greater Hume Shire Mayor Heather Wilton on Thursday, September 21 at 1.30pm.

The Greater Hume Shire Award will recognise the best new Australian designed and built agricultural machine judged by a panel of independent judges.

Last year’s winner was Landaco Equipment principal Peter Connor, Wagga, for the Landaco Maxispread TS12000.

Mrs Wilton said sponsoring the award was a perfect fit for the shire with over 6000sqkm of the best agricultural land in southern NSW.

“The encouragement new and innovative design is paramount to the continued development of agriculture in the region and beyond,’’ she said.

“Greater Hume is the home and birthplace of both the Headlie Taylor header and Henty Machinery Field Days, two extraordinary Australian agricultural innovations that we are immensely proud of.

“We would encourage agricultural machinery inventors from across Australia to enter this award, thus continuing the strong tradition of agricultural innovation and development.’’

The shire has a strong manufacturing sector coupled with a growing transport industry due to the affordable land and proximity to the NSW transport corridor.

Greater Hume boasts five towns and six villages playing a key role in servicing traffic between regional and metropolitan centres, and the rural enterprises of beef, lamb, wool and grain production.