The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia has awarded Honorary Councillor status to two of its members.
Warren Lang and Gillian Kirkup were presented with their awards at the RGA Annual General Meeting, held recently in Leeton.
RGA president Jeremy Morton said ‘‘it’s an honour to recognise both Warren and Gillian for their service and dedication to the rice industry and their local communities’’.
Mr Lang was recognised for his involvement with the RGA for 24 years, including 12 years as the former RGA Berriquin Branch president.
Mr Lang and his wife Alison also operate a successful irrigation farming enterprise and a bulk transport business in the Finley area.
He has been committed to encouraging the next generation to get involved in the rice industry and gives everyone an opportunity to succeed.
Mr Lang also takes great pride in his role as a leader and representative of the rice industry.
Mrs Kirkup was recognised for her many roles and contribution to the rice industry and the irrigated agriculture sector, and with her husband Barry own a successful irrigation enterprise.
She started working for SunRice early in her professional career, serving the organisation for 18 years in various roles.
She has also been a member of the Yanco Branch of RGA serving the organisation in a range of roles for more than 20 years, including eight years as the branch secretary and 10 years as a Central Executive delegate.
Mrs Kirkup transitioned her knowledge and experience into governance roles, currently severing the rice and irrigation industries as a member of the Rice Marketing Board and a Director of SunRice, and retired as chair of Murrumbidgee Irrigation in 2012.
She is also passionate about promoting women in the rice industry.
‘‘Warren and Gillian are great leaders and role models in the rice industry who both encourage youth and women to get involved in our vibrant industry,’’ Mr Morton said.