Sheep farmer Peter Jennings awarded an OAM

Peter Jennings OAM
Peter Jennings OAM

The Queen’s Birthday Honours were announced on the June long weekend with Susan Litchfield of Countengany near Cooma receiving an OAM for her service to the community of Cooma and to cancer research and support organisations.

Also receiving a Queen’s Birthday Honour was Bombala-born sheep farmer and father of three, Peter Jennings who has contributed much in his 35 years of service in Gippsland.

Mr Jennings is a notable figure in the Giffard West and Sale communities with experience of regional issues across several industries.

He has taken part in volunteer tasks and had a number of positions on boards and in executive roles over the past three and a half decades that have drawn on his knowledge of farming education, finance, governance and municipal matters.

Mr Jennings was born into a farming family near Bombala and moved to Giffard West in 1981 as a young man when his father decided to move the farming business to greener pastures.

He has lived through the ups and downs of the wool industry and employment beyond the farm when things have been tough.

Mr Jennings has been a member of the local CFA brigade for many years and earlier this year he was awarded a brigade life membership.

Mr Jennings began planting trees on his family’s heavily cleared 1000 hectare Giffard West Farm in 1982 and since then in partnership with his wife Nicki he estimates they have established about 30,000 trees and shrubs during that time.

Somewhere between farming, family duties, volunteering and teaching, Mr Jennings has found time to work for various local government departments from 1988 to 1997.

He has been heavily involved with the Stradbroke branch of the Victorian Farmers’ Federation, holding various positions between 1981 and 2012, including president of the Gippsland District Council from 2006 to 2007.

Mr Jennings said the constants in his life are family and farming.