Jamberoo farmer a cover girl

Jamberoo dairy farmer Lynne Strong, who will grace the cover of the region's 2008-9 White Pages.
Jamberoo dairy farmer Lynne Strong, who will grace the cover of the region's 2008-9 White Pages.

Jamberoo's Lynne Strong is the "flavour" of the year after being selected for the cover of the Illawarra's 2008-09 White Pages directory.

Mrs Strong, a sixth generation dairy farmer and pharmacist, was chosen as part of a "Celebrating Australian Flavour" theme that recognises food and beverage producers across the country.

Mrs Strong runs Clover Hill Dairies and has earned state recognition for her advocacy of the dairy industry.

As one of the most productive dairy farms in Australia, Clover Hill Dairies hosts a range of visitors - from school kids who watch milking demonstrations, to international delegates keen to see the strength of the Australian dairy industry.

Mrs Strong uses her extensive networks to promote Picasso Cows and Cows Create Careers - programs that encourage students into farming and strengthen ties between the city and country.

She was named the 2005 Kiama Electorate Woman of the Year and inducted into the NSW Honour Roll for Women in the same year.

"For nearly two centuries this region has been at the forefront of Australian dairying. Australia's first cows were milked here - and the Illawarra gave Australia its only national dairy breed," Mrs Strong said.

"We're still leading from the front in terms of quality, innovation and environmental stewardship."