CATEGORY: COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE (ADVISER)
A drive to provide the best he can for his clients and his community sums up Moree, NSW, agronomist Tony Lockrey.
His involvement in agronomy sees him give on-farm advice, but his keenness to see that advice as valuable to his clients’ businesses has led to a heavy involvement in research and development.
In his role as an agronomist with a company that has its own research program, Tony takes the lead and organises field days, farm walks and research trials which address local issues.
With a long list of involvement with industry bodies, Tony’s influence and impact is great.
Yet it is his work within the community, outside of his agronomy role, where he is also having a huge impact.
Tony organises a “Men’s Campfire Dinner” once a month, which has attracted up to 70 men who are encouraged to talk about anything, and Tony says there has been a real freedom of speech given much of the talking is done in the campfire light.
He’s also been involved with the local rugby club this year as a chaplain after a member of the club committed suicide.
Tony wants his agronomic skills to provide good business advice to his clients, but he also encourages a thriving community where people are prepared to support each other personally.