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Posted on Jul 14, 2014

On July 12, at Rural Youth Tasmania’s annual State Ball held in Bridport, the winners of study tours and exchanges for the 2014/15 period were announced.

This year, five study tours were awarded to Rural Youth Members, which will see members attend self-nominated study programs in Tasmania, leadership programs on the mainland and travel to international destinations.

The Study Tours and Exchanges awarded on the night were as follows: 

UK  Prue Dennis - Westmorland Rural Youth
Young Endeavour Tobias Ten Bensel - Kingborough-Huon Rural Youth
Young Endeavour Richard Allwright - Kingborough-Huon Rural Youth
Self-nominated Training Course Alex White - Kingborough-Huon Rural Youth
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Andrea White - Central Highlands Rural Youth

Winners were announced on the back of a formal selection process held in the lead-up to the Ball, that saw applicants complete a tour of the Boag’s Brewery facility in Launceston, with a tour report submitted upon completion. Applicants were also asked to complete a series of quizzes, complete a practical demonstration and undergo a series of interviews in front of a judging panel of past Rural Youth Tasmania members.

In 2014 the Rural Youth Tasmania Study Tour program has been further extended now offering applicants up to $3500 to travel on International Exchanges to a series of countries and up to $1000 to pursue self-nominated learning opportunities.

Winners of study tours and exchanges will be leaving for their experiences in the coming weeks up until the corresponding time in 2015. At the current time Rural Youth Tasmania has two members completing International exchanges from the 2013/14 period. Owen Woolley, 21, from Kingston is currently entering the second month of his Canadian experience with the Junior Farmers of Ontario, whilst Melinda Hyland, 29 of Strahan is currently on Exchange across the UK, traveling England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with the UK Young Farmers. The study tours program is open to any Rural Youth Tasmania member between the ages of 15 and 30.

 See "Study Tours" page for more information. Read some of the stories from members who have been on exchanges and become motivated to start thinking about applying yourself. Applications become available in May/June each year.