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Value
$23,000
Eligibility
  • Two scholarships each valued at $23,000.
  • Available to applicants enrolled or intending to enrol in Year 1 of the Agriculture Program.
  • In Year 1, $11,500 will be provided and $11,500 provided in Year 3.
Date
Closing date 9th August 2019
Interview date 20th September 2019
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Background

Wealthcheck Funds Management is an Investment Manager that sources opportunities to invest in the Australian Agricultural Property Sector. We have a ‘hands-on’ approach and a proven background in actively managing farms from the ground level up. This approach, combined with our structured finance and business expertise, drives performance and gives our clients the option of actively or passively managed investments.

We are active in various geographic areas across Australia. Our experience covers most agricultural crops and commodities including irrigated row cropping, horticulture, permanent plantings, dryland cropping, and livestock enterprises and financial markets for risk management. Our involvement with irrigation means we are also active in temporary and permanent water markets in various regions. We adapt our investments to capitalise on horizontal and vertical integration where appropriate.

Wealthcheck exercises best management practices across investments with particular value placed upon environmental sustainability, efficiency, safety and our people and relationships.

Environmental initiatives include carbon footprint measurement and management, solar electricity generation, tree planting.

Efficiency – precision agriculture using GPS guided operations, implementation of the latest technology to assist with the management, the adoption of minimal tillage controlled traffic farming techniques.

Safety – A safety oriented culture built through ongoing training and infrastructure.

Social – We understand that actively managing farms can’t be done without the hard-working people on the ground, and our business partners. We work hard to maintain a positive working environment for our staff and encourage engagement of the managers in strategic business decisions, registered training programs, tertiary education scholarships, and maintaining strong relationships with suppliers, contractors and community.

Requirements

Applicants intending to enrol must meet College entry requirements. The scholarship is open to applicants from the Riverina in New South Wales. It is a requirement that the two recipients undertake their Year 2, 11-month Industry Placement on the Company’s properties at Hay or Hillston in the Riverina. These placements will offer an excellent and in-depth exposure to, understanding of, the varied farming operations.

Both the Hay and Hillston properties undertake the following farming operations:

 

Hillston Properties

  • Located approx. 30 kms from the township of Hillston NSW
  • Area of approx. 20,000 hectares
  • Summer and winter cropping – predominantly cotton and cereals under irrigation and dryland
  • Presently developing permanent plantings
  • Fully operational workshop
  • On-farm accommodation with amenities and swimming pool
  • River frontage
  • Currently, only agisted livestock.

 

Hay Property

  • Located 45 kms from the township of Hay NSW and 10 kms from Maude NSW
  • Area of approx. 10,800 hectares
  • Summer and winter Cropping – predominantly cotton and cereals under irrigation and dryland
  • On-farm accommodation with amenities
  • River frontage
  • Currently, only agisted livestock.
Questions

In approximately 500 words describe what motivates you to be involved in Australian Agriculture and what are your ambitions. Describe what the scholarship would mean to you.

How to Apply