Shin­ing a light on ru­ral youth

Ru­ral Am­bas­sador look­ing to help give young pro­duc­ers a voice

Central and North Burnett Times - - 2015 MONTO SHOW -

BE­ING the Monto Show Ru­ral Am­bas­sador this year is much more than just a chance to dress up for Janelle Burn­ham: she wants to help shine a light on the chal­lenges faced by ru­ral youth.

Af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in WIRED, an ini­tia­tive for “pas­sion­ate and in­no­va­tive” farm­ers at the RMWilliams Cen­tre last year, Mrs Burn­ham looked at the show as an­other op­por­tu­nity to give young pro­duc­ers a voice.

“I guess a main con­cern is keep­ing young peo­ple in agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries. So many are drawn to min­ing th­ese days,” she said.

“It’s very much an aging pop­u­la­tion when it comes to farm­ing out here, and that is why it is more im­por­tant than ever for young peo­ple to pro­mote and be in­volved in the ru­ral in­dus­try, to have a voice.

“But (the land) is a very re­ward­ing place. It’s so easy to see your suc­cesses.

“I’m a townie, I was dragged into it. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Mrs Burn­ham now lives on a cat­tle prop­erty Glen­leigh, south of Monto, with her hus­band Lance and two chil­dren Prue and Max.

“I love see­ing the prime and stud cat­tle at the show, be­cause of where I live, but I also re­ally love the cooking sec­tion,” she said.

“I’m en­ter­ing in the dark rich fruit cake sec­tion this year. I en­tered and made it to sub-cham­bers last year and now I’m hooked.

“I don’t think I’ve found the se­cret yet though.

“It’s just good to get lit­tle tips from all the ladies that re­ally know what they are do­ing.”

A din­ner at Café De­li­cious this Satur­day will be a great chance for the public to meet Mrs Burn­ham.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to meet­ing more peo­ple and pro­mot­ing Monto,” she said.

Janelle Burn­ham: I guess a main con­cern is keep­ing young peo­ple in agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries.

PHOTO: BRON­WYN BURN­HAM.

YOUTH FO­CUS: Janelle Burn­ham is us­ing her role as the Monto Show Ru­ral Am­bas­sador to high­light chal­lenges faced by ru­ral youth.

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