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Sarah Peacock awarded National Young Leader Award 2013

Gary Eyles presenting the award to Sarah Peacock     

The opportunity was taken to officially present the National Young Leader Award at the GES 2013 social evening. There were two finalists, both from NSW: Leigh Brennan (Andreasens Green, Mangrove Mountain) and Sarah Peacock (formerly from Jamberoo Native Nursery). Following their selection as finalists, both of these outstanding candidates were interviewed by an NGIA appointed judging panel to make the final choice. The winner was Sarah Peacock and the presentation of a trophy and a cheque from the Heather Rumsey Foundation was made by former state and national board member Gary Eyles.

In 2010 Sarah commenced work at Jamberoo Native Nursery in the bush regeneration division. She quickly learnt the role and with a year’s hands-on experience under her belt, in 2011 took on the role of Sales and Marketing Coordinator at the production nursery. Again Sarah showed her ability to learn quickly which, coupled with her knowledge of the bush and experience in its regeneration, saw her contributions adding further value to the production of tube and potted stock at the nursery.

She has studied marketing, management, IT and photography, as well as attending the usual industry compliance courses and gaining a thorough understanding of EcoHort certification.

Her participation in industry activities includes being a member of the Weed Risk Assessment Committee, exhibiting in several industry Expos and serving on the Organising Committee for the 2014 National Conference in Sydney. She sees her passion of raising the profile and use of Australian native plants in all parts of the landscape as meeting the bigger challenge of greening Australia.