Design innovation honoured with Greater Hume award

Taylor Reid and Cavin Osborn celebrate Kelly Engineering’s win in the Greater Hume Council Award for the best designed and manufactured Australian machine.

Greater Hume Council is supporting Australian innovation in farm machinery design and manufacture through the presentation of their coveted award at Henty.

The Greater Hume Council Award, presented on Thursday, September 20 at 1.30pm, will recognise the best Australian designed and built agricultural machine chosen by a panel of independent judges.

Last year’s winner was Kelly Engineering, Booleroo Centre, South Australia, with a multi-purpose tracking trailer.

Developed to transport header combs, the Kelly Tracking Trailer can be used throughout the year for carrying multiple liquid fertiliser, chemical shuttles, hay and a wide range of header fronts.

Kelly marketing co-ordinator Taylor Reid said the award was a great moral boost for the company.

“The exposure greatly assists us in promoting Kelly Engineering and confirms to us that we have the systems in place to continue to produce world class farm machinery,’’ she said.

Greater Hume Council mayor Health Wilton said sponsoring the award was a perfect fit for the council with over 6000 sq km of the best agricultural land in southern NSW.

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

Greater Hume 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.