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An epic 50,000km adventure for Markus

IFAJ president Markus Rediger might be excused for suffering a little jetlag after his visit “Down Under” in September-October.

By the time he returns home to Switzerland, he will have covered more than 50,000 km on a journey around Australia and then on to New Zealand for the 2015 IFAJ World Congress.

Australia is a pretty big country and the Congress pre-tour event Hot Tropics is in Cairns in the far north.

So Markus has accepted an invitation by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists, ACAJ,  to pay a flying visit to the four interstate rural press clubs before venturing north to Queensland.

“It presents a great opportunity for our world leader to meet members scattered right across the country,” said tour organiser and ACAJ treasurer Gordon Collie.

“They will be very interested to hear from Markus about his day job with the Swiss Agricultural Communication Centre, LID, and his passion for rural communication.

“The Swiss approach of supporting an independent group of professionals to promote positive messages about agricultural through the media is a very interesting one.

We have nothing quite like it in Australia,” Gordon said.

During his visit Markus will attend

  • A NSW Farm Writers Association lunch in Sydney, on Sept 28.
  • A Victorian Rural Press Club breakfast in Melbourne on Sept 29.
  • The York Peninsula agricultural field days official lunch with Rural Media South Australia on Sept 30.
  • A Rural Media Association of Western Australia breakfast at Perth Royal Show on Oct 2.
  • Hot Tropics  in Cairns from Oct 8 to 11.
  • The Queensland Rural Press Club pre-tour dinner in Cairns on Oct 9.
  • An agricultural innovation forum in Sydney hosted by the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations on October 12.
  • The 2015 IFAJ World Congress in Hamilton, New Zealand from October 14 to 18.