Farmcraft honoured at CRT Awards

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Master of ceremony at the CRT Conference, Livinia Nixon, Farmcraft Managing Director Alistair Ross and Ruralco CEO Travis Dillon.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Master of ceremony at the CRT Conference, Livinia Nixon, Farmcraft Managing Director Alistair Ross and Ruralco CEO Travis Dillon.

Farmcraft Kalbar has taken out the award for CRT Community Member of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Awarded to the CRT member who has shown an outstanding level of commitment and support for their community across Australia, the award is highly regarded across the CRT network.

Community support is a huge focus for the CRT group and the Community Member of the Year Award encourages and rewards those for giving back to their region.

An integral part of the Kalbar community for 25 years, the team at Farmcraft continue to work hand-in-hand with their local community enabling it to thrive.

The winner was announced at the recent CRT National Conference, held in Adelaide. 

Farmcraft were acknowledged for their community initiatives including fundraising for bullying awareness charity; Dolly’s Dream, established after the young face of Akubra, Dolly Everett, tragically took her own life in January 2018.

Farmcraft Business Development Manager, Rachael Long, came up with the idea of selling blue drafting sticks at last year’s CRT FarmFest with the proceeds going towards Dolly’s Dream.

The initiative raised more than $20,000, with 2,500 sticks sold and the remainder picked up by generous CRT members across Queensland.

Executive general manager of CRT Greg O’Neil said a devotion to getting involved and donating time and financial assistance played a role in Farmcraft’s win.

“While financial support is important, it goes far beyond just that,” Mr O’Neil said.

“We believe it is important for our CRT members to get involved and spend time out in the community and the team at Farmcraft Kalbar, along with many other CRT stores across Queensland and the Northern Territory that contributed to the initiative are a shining light in this department with the work they have done around Dolly’s Dream.”

Managing Director of Farmcraft, Alistair Ross, commended the efforts of all of the staff at Farmcraft Kalbar in securing the award.

“We are all immensely proud to win this award and it is an honour to work with such a fantastic group of people who are so dedicated to servicing their community through fantastic initiatives like what we have seen with our fundraising efforts for Dolly’s Dream,” said Mr. Ross.

“While we are incredibly happy to have won this award, it is the response we get from our community that is the most rewarding part.”