Show­case brings home tourism gong

Countryman - - MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY - Ann Rawl­ings

We pro­vide a plat­form to bring more than 20,000 vis­i­tors to our re­gion each Au­gust to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and visit the top ag show in WA. Field Days chair­woman Na­dine McMor­ran

As the big­gest agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery show­case in WA, and within the top three big­gest in Aus­tralia, the Dow­erin GWN7 Ma­chin­ery Field Days has now added an­other feather to its cap.

It was last week recog­nised at the 25th Bel­mont and WA Small Busi­ness Awards for its con­tri­bu­tion to tourism in the State, with its or­gan­is­ers be­ing pre­sented with the Tourism Award dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Field Days chair­woman Na­dine McMor­ran said the event drew thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the Wheat­belt re­gion ev­ery win­ter.

“We pro­vide a plat­form to bring more than 20,000 vis­i­tors to our re­gion each Au­gust to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and visit the top ag show in WA,” Ms McMor­ran said.

With the news still fresh on the streets of Dow­erin, Ms McMor­ran said the town and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties were happy to pro­vide a home to the new tourism ti­tle.

“We are ex­tremely proud to re­ceive this recog­ni­tion for our re­gion,” she said.

“It strength­ens the pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion that Dow­erin and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties com­mit to our event.”

Ms McMor­ran and as­sis­tant event co-or­di­na­tors Kahli Rose and Tif­fany Davey were ac­com­pa­nied by long-term lo­cal vol­un­teers Les and Shirley Howard and Denise Suther­land at the awards night, hosted by not-for-profit Bel­mont Busi­ness En­ter­prise Cen­tre. While only a small com­po­nent of the more than 300 vol­un­teers the event ben­e­fits from each year, Ms McMor­ran said the trio were rep­re­sen­ta­tive of what made the field days story so suc­cess­ful.

She said the field days would not be pos­si­ble with­out its vol­un­teers, ex­hibitors and con­trib­u­tors, a mat­ter that would be front and cen­tre at next year’s event. “Next year’s plans are cen­tred around cel­e­brat­ing our story,” she said.

With 54 years of Dow­erin Field Days chal­lenges and achieve­ments to ex­plore, it is a story the team will do their ut­most to bring to life amid the rows upon rows of agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery.

Pic­ture: DEM

Dow­erin GWN7 Ma­chin­ery Field Days team: As­sis­tant event co-or­di­na­tor Tif­fany Davey, chair­woman Na­dine McMor­ran, long-term vol­un­teers Shirley and Les Howard, as­sis­tant event co-or­di­na­tor Kahli Rose and long-term vol­un­teer Denise Suther­land.

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