FREE Eyre staff and Directors are involved and passionate supporters of local sporting, community and charitable organisations. The company has a long held policy of investing its ‘sponsorship’ budget in areas that we believe will provide sustained benefit to as many farming families as possible. Thus, rather than sponsoring individual teams of groups, we invest in several agricultural research and agribusiness initiatives that will deliver long term benefits to our farming community.
EP Agricultural Scholarship
FREE Eyre and the Roseworthy Old Collegians Association (ROCA) recently launch the formation of a rural scholarship for an Eyre Peninsula student studying an agricultural related degree with the University of Adelaide.
As a company, we work with our farmer shareholders, clients and partners to investigate and co-invest in the development of new businesses and value adding rural enterprises. We are passionate supporters of the EPARF and the Peter Waite Foundation but the also believe that investing in the higher education of Eyre Peninsula’s students is critical for the future prosperity of the region.
The new scholarship will be awarded to an Eyre Peninsula student who is studying an agricultural science or business related course and will be administered the University of Adelaide.
FREE Eyre and seven of its key business partners came together to launch the Scholarship and fundraising effort at FREE Eyre’s Hutt Street office to coincide with the Clipsal 500 Race.
Sixty Eyre Peninsula farmers join FREE Eyre and its event partners to raise funds for the Scholarship over the two day event.
We are extremely grateful to Telstra Store Whyalla, Clarke Pomeroy Hull Accountants, Wright Social, Market Check, Clear Grain Exchange, William Buck Accountants, Piper Alderman Lawyers, The University of Adelaide, Ag Guard Insurance Brokers, MaxiPlas Tanks and The University of Adelaide Ag Students Association who support the event and are members of the EP Agricultural Scholarship.
It is clear that these companies also appreciate the need to encourage and support the Eyre Peninsula’s students in gain greater skills that can be applied to the future growth, productivity and prosperity of the region.
Proceeds from the Clipsal event and pledges of support from individuals, companies and the Eyre Peninsula’s LEADA group have seen over $5,000 raised for this inaugural scholarship.
Please don’t hesitate to call FREE Eyre or the University of Adelaide’s Paul Finn 0405 036 941 if you would like to be involved in this or other Scholarships.
FREE Eyre is a proud Silver Sponsor of Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation (EPARF)
EPARF is an independent advisory group providing strategic support and planning for Minnipa Agricultural Centre (MAC) on Eyre Peninsula (EP).
Incorporated in 2004, EPARF is an independent advisory organisation which provides strategic support for the enhancement of agriculture. The organisation proactively supports all sectors of agriculture research including the building of partnerships in promoting research, development and extension on Eyre Peninsula and like environments across Australia. EPARF provides a leading role in establishing interaction with various industry bodies, negotiates funding opportunities, utilises reserves to leverage other funds and provides a service to farmer and industry members.
EPARF sees it has a responsibility in agricultural education and in assisting with the next generation of researchers and support staff. Through MAC they have an active strategy to support packages for PhD and masters students based around Eyre Peninsula identified within relevant project/s, promote MAC as a resource for relevant on-ground experience, (i.e. international graduates), develop and promote harvest jobs post exams for students and attract high school students to the industry through the school based apprenticeship program.
Peter Waite Centenary Scholarship
2013 marked the centenary of Peter Waite’s donation of his Urrbrae estate to the University of Adelaide for the study of agriculture. This gift has enabled the education of leaders in the field and made a significant contribution to agricultural science research in this state, the country and the world.
To mark the occasion The Peter Waite Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture was established to support an outstanding future leader in agriculture through their PhD studies in the area of plants or soil science. Providing $30,000 per annum, the scholarship is to support living, educational, research and travel costs for the recipient.
This prestigious scholarship is aimed to attract and retain the best young people in the industry. It is envisaged that this will become a scholarship of national and international profile, rewarding the best international candidates and placing them at the Waite Campus for their studies.
FREE Eyre is a proud donor to the The Peter Waite Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture.
EP Field Days
In 2012, the FREE Eyre Board elected to fund the installation of a significant 3kW solar farm at the Eyre Peninsula Field Days site at Cleve. The solar farm was designed to produce enough electricity to mitigate the cost of electricity to the Field Days 'enterprise' for the next 30 years. It is effectively a long-term, ongoing and gauranteed financial sponsorship from the Eyre Peninsula's farmers and agribusiness, for the Eyre Peninsula's farmers and agribusinesses.