Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
2018 WA Senior Australian of the Year Nominee
Raymond Harrington OAMState: Western Australia
Farmer and inventor
The brains behind an invention which destroys weed seeds during harvest, Raymond Harrington may reduce the need for herbicides in farming. When Ray’s Harrington Seed Destructor is attached to modern grain harvesters, it pulverises 95 per cent of weed seeds collected in the chaff which is spread back over the paddocks at harvest, reducing the weed seed bank and weeds in the following year’s crop. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has found weeds cost Australian grain farmers around $3.5 billion a year, and many weeds are now resistant to commonly-used herbicides. Ray, who grows grains on his property 200 kilometres south of Perth, was determined to find a solution to save Australia’s broad-acre cropping industry from the threat of resistance. With help from the University of South Australia's engineering researchers and funds through the GRDC, Ray’s ground-breaking invention provides an environmentally-sustainable way to increase crop production and contribute to the long-term profitability of the Australian agricultural industry.