Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards announce two Wimmera groups as semi-finalists.

Rural Northwest Health chief executive Catherine Morley.

Rural Northwest Health chief executive Catherine Morley.

TWO Wimmera organisations are semifinalists in the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards. 

Rural Northwest Health of Warracknabeal reached the semi-finals in the prime super employer excellence in aged care award while Glendemar Multi Purpose Merinos of Marnoo are semi-finalists in the prime super agricultural innovation award. 

Rural Northwest Health chief executive Catherine Morley said team members worked hard to make a difference. 

“That’s our culture. We are a bit different and we are not prepared to accept that we can’t do better or not improve on the services we provide,” she said. 

Ms Morley said Rural Northwest Health was focused on providing residents quality of life and maintaining their contributions to society. 

“Our advanced care planning allows us to work with residents and the families to make sure their last days are great, enjoyable, and peaceful,” she said. 

“We also have residents involved in fundraisers to support local causes such as a market the ladies ran for love4linc.” 

Glendemar Multi Purpose Merinos manager Ben Duxson said the business was at the forefront of innovation. 

“For a long time we have been adopting the latest technology and been involved with industry leading trials,” he said.

“AFBP, electronic tagging and DNA testing – we were one of the early innovators in those and now they are coming on board quickly in the industry.”

Mr Duxson said the recognition was humbling. 

“There are a lot of things a part of our enterprise that are becoming the standard in the industry that we were the early adopters of,” Mr Duxson said.

“We are in a boom for technology and innovation and we can see that it can have an impact on our productivity.”   

The next round of judging to determine the finalists will take place on August 23. 

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