Ken Hayes was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1994 for service to farm management and land regeneration. The award cited him for “bridging the gap between academic institutions and farming reality”. He was well known for educating farmers, planners, conservationists and developers on the nature of the land and how to manage it for sustainable long-term health and profit.
His knowledge and experience of the impact of bushfires on farmers’ land and improvements was highly valued and led him to develop a new replacement Forestry Valuation methodology which now forms the basis of land insurance valuations around the world.
As well as his commitment to land care and sustainable farming, Ken started the first agricultural consulting firm, and was actively involved in community groups such as the Mornington Peninsula Conservation League, the Grasslands Society of Victoria, the Conservation Council of Victoria, the Beef Improvement Association and he was a foundation Council Member of the Marcus Oldham Agricultural College.
(1924 - 2007)