E J Connellan Award Winner for 2017 has been decided from a field of 12 applicants

The Chairman of the Connellan Airways Trust, Mr. Gavin Carpenter OAM, announces Mr Brad Maxey to be the 2017 recipient of the Junior E.J. Connellan Award. Brad has commenced a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle and will receive $20,000 over his 4 years of study.

Brad has spent his whole life at Wyamba Station, located 15kms NW of Nevertire NSW. He attended St Mary’s Primary School in Warren NSW and his secondary schooling as a border at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth where his favourite subjects were Industrial Technology and Engineering. His hobbies include rugby, cricket, swimming, clay target shooting and polocrosse, representing NSW in the UK in 2013.
Brad says “once I have completed my studies I intend to work in an engineering team designing and improving farm equipment including tractors, drones, ploughs, cattle crushes and grain handling systems.  I also want to complete a certificate in automotive engineering to be able to certify and oversee vehicle modification on registered vehicles including firefighting equipment”. I have loved growing up in the Outback and believe I can use my skills to benefit regional and outback Australia in the areas of agricultural industry as improvement of farm equipment can reduce costs, reduce carbon emissions and prevent workplace injuries.

Gavin Carpenter said “Brad was an outstanding applicant whose hard work and commitment to the outback has one him this award. His vision and innovation in helping the farming industry to develop new technology to lessen the cost and environmental impacts of machinery on the land will honour the memory of Eddie Connellan who himself was a great innovator”.

Brad Maxey

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