Wheatbelt trio in running for state awards

Three young go-getters have been recognised in a state-wide award competition, for their work in the agriculture sector.

Roly Poly Farm owners Mellissa Carlick and Declan McGill and Tiffany Davey were announced as finalists on April 15, and are now in the running to win a Seven News Young Achiever Award.

Gidgegannup's Roly Poly Farm was named a finalist in the WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award.

Both Ms Carlick and Mr McGill have established themselves as key members of the Perth food scene, providing consistent, seasonal, local produce from their small-scale market garden.

The pair said they were passionate about "re-localising" the food economy.

The farm promotes regenerative agricultural practices, consumer-direct sales, a community-supported agriculture vegetable box subscription and grow-and-preserve heirloom varieties.

Ms Carlick and Mr McGill said they hope to see prime farmland preserved and young farmers taking on the responsibility of feeding their communities and their soil.

Ms Davey, 22, is also in the running to win the WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award.

The Konnongorring resident is an advocate for Australia's agricultural industry and its young people.

The young woman has an impressive resume.

Whilst working on her family's farm, Ms Davey mentors science and technology students encouraging careers in agriculture.

Ms Davey has written a children's book, was involved with the Harmony Day cookbook and launched a consumer awareness app.

She involved more than 500 students in the Experience Agriculture Hub and launched a Young Farmer Challenge.

Ms Davey was also involved with organising the Yaraka ball, helping to raise money for clinical depression and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

She was also the 2018 Koorda Rural Ambassador and guest speaker at the Australian Women in Agriculture conference.

The finalists will be presented with awards and the winners will be announced at a gala presentation dinner at the Pan Pacific Perth, on May 25.

Each category winner will receive a $1000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, a $500 Woolworths Gift Card and a trophy.

One of the nine category winners will be chosen as the 2019 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and will receive an additional $1000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, a $500 Woolworths Gift Card and a state trophy.