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Future cotton leaders named

Lots of Narrabri Shire representation in prestigious program

Nathan Hamblin, Jack Sharp and Ngaire Roughley at Mr Hamblin’s Wee Waa farm on Monday after being announced as participants in a prestigious leadership program.

Nathan Hamblin, Ngaire Roughley and Jack Sharp have all arrived into the local cotton industry through vastly different ways, but they have made every post a winner and received further recognition last week.

The trio were named among 16 participants in the Australian Future Cotton Leaders program run by Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

Along with now Moree-based Fiona Norrie, they gave Narrabri Shire one -quarter of the places on the program.

The program identifies potential industry leaders and provides them with the necessary skills for future success.

Participants were selected by an industry panel, including graduates from past programs.

Mr Hamblin, 23, might have been the most conventional of the trio to take part in the program, being a third generation cotton farmer in the district.

But his path to the industry diverted a bit after he left school.

“I became a [plumber’s apprentice] with Greg Avery,” he said.

“We did a lot of bore pumps and irrigation pumps which was handy coming from [an irrigated cototn farm], and I did my full trade and got licensed.”

But the call of cotton was too strong to resist.