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Media Release: RASV looks to reward Victoria’s Emerging Leaders

Last year’s Emerging Leader in Victorian Agriculture (ELVA) Award winner, Tatyoon-based Fashion Designer Leila Sweeney, says her aim is to create a clothing collection using wool grown, spun and knitted in Australia. Her award win is helping turn her goal into reality as she plans to use her ELVA prize money to buy the necessary equipment.

The ELVA awards, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), are designed to motivate, inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders in agrifood and fibre. They recognise individuals under 40 years of age who have demonstrated leadership qualities and make a contribution in their profession or to the wider industry and community.

Award recipients receive up to $5000 to put towards their professional development and the invaluable opportunity to network with fellow industry leaders through RASV’s calendar of events.

Submissions open today with RASV calling on employers, colleagues and friends of those in the food and fibre industry, to nominate an outstanding young person who they believe deserves recognition and opportunities to further their career.

“It is critical to the future of the agricultural industry that we identify, acknowledge and encourage our future leaders, so we are calling on food and fibre people to help support the future of agriculture by nominating an outstanding young person for these awards,” said RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan.

Entry to the awards is free and those who nominate a successful award recipient will also be rewarded with a complimentary ticket to the awards presentation at the Agribusiness Leaders Luncheon held during the Royal Melbourne Show in September and a bottle of award-winning wine from the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

Entry guidelines and nomination forms are available at, with all submissions to be completed by July 16.

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For Media Enquiries
Mikaila Gaskell, Communications Manager, RASV
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Image: 2014 Emerging Leaders in Victorian Agriculture award recipient, Leila Sweeney.