Gloucester's Josh Gilbert has nominated for an agricultural innovation award, and it's not the first time.
This young, trailblazing Worimi man is passionate about using his Indigenous values, alongside his environmental and agricultural knowledge, to help shape the modern farming community.
It's his tireless work into finding new ways of doing things that has seen him nominated for the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award in the 2020 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
He was nominated for the same award in 2016 and 2019 for his climate change work with farmers. But this time, it may be the unique research-based masters he's currently undertaking at Charles Sturt University that has seen him nominated again.
Josh was the first student to enrol in CSU's Indigenous Agriculture Initiative which aims to encourage young Indigenous people into a career in agriculture.
While Josh isn't new to farming, having managed his family farm, he's looking to focus on bringing together traditional and western farming practices.
"I'm hoping to share the narrative about how Indigenous people have been engaged with western agriculture and what it means for the future," Josh said.
He has a keen interest in history with a family connection linking back to one of the first interactions between the British colonisers and the Indigenous community when the Australian Agricultural (AA) Company farmed the region in the 1800s.
"I think there's a huge opportunity. It's a story that needs to be told," he said.
For Josh, it's about bridging the gap between the cultural practices and bringing out the best of both.
He feels this is a vital link to ensuring a sustainable farming future and understanding how to manage the impacts of climate change.
"It's about black and white working together," Josh said.
About the awards
The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards began in 2002 with the purpose of encouraging, acknowledging, and rewarding the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional NSW and the ACT.