Bellinger River Agricultural Society wins AgShows Innovation Award

Bellinger River Agricultural Society Vice President Gillian Anderson and Treasurer Lani Carmody accept the Innovation Award for the Bellingen Show at the annual AgShow NSW Conference dinner.

THE Bellinger River Agricultural Society scooped the Innovation Award at the 2023 AgShows NSW Conference in Dubbo on Saturday 17 June.

Called Celebrating Ag Shows, the conference was a full day of seminars and sessions curated to celebrate, motivate and educate participants around the processes of putting on such an event.

“The AgShow NSW Innovation Award is an acknowledgement of Bellinger River Agricultural Society’s vision to be an engaging, educating, entertaining and sustainable event,” Bellinger River Agricultural Society President Susan Lumsdaine told News Of The Area.

“It celebrates the Show Committee’s efforts to ensure we have a vibrant Bellingen Show well into the future.”

Susan shared that the Committee has introduced a suite of initiatives in recent years to ensure the sustainability of the Bellingen Show.

“This includes appointing a paid Show Secretary and implementing online ticketing, digital entries, and cloud-based accounting,” she said.

“Additionally, a partnership with OzGREEN to deliver a sustainable waste management solution at the Show resulted in a 25 percent reduction in landfill waste.

“Other initiatives contributing to the award-win included the introduction of an Artisan Tent, a dedicated Youth Chill Space, Silent Disco, Scarecrow Competition, The Quiet Place for families and a free colour program.”

Next year’s Bellingen Show will take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2024.

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OzGREEN Founder Sue Lennox, Local Land Services’ Andrew McIntyre and Rethink Program Manager Kathleen Hannah, supporting waste diversion at the Bellingen Show 2023.

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