Am­bas­sador aims to bridge the gap

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - 88 WATTONA SHOW -

Re­turn­ing to the show for her ninth year as ste­ward in the Chil­dren’s Hall, Macken­zie Walm­s­ley could not be hap­pier.

Born and bred in Wa­roona, Miss Walm­s­ley works as a town plan­ner for the City of Cam­bridge after com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Ur­ban and Re­gional Plan­ning with Hon­ours last year.

Pas­sion­ate about farm­ing and food pro­duc­tion, she ti­tled her Hon­ours the­sis The Pad­docks of Perth.

Fo­cused on the Wa­roona Show’s strong agri­cul­tural roots, Miss Walm­s­ley hopes to use her time as the show’s Ru­ral Am­bas­sador to pro­mote the show and farm­ing in a bid to bridge the gap be­tween city and coun­try.

“At the end of the day, we’re all go­ing to need food, so agri­cul­ture and farm­ing are al­ways go­ing to be needed,” she said.

Even among her own age group, Miss Walm­s­ley said she saw a dis­con­nec­tion from farm­ing.

“I can en­deav­our to do that to help re­duce the bar­ri­ers be­tween peo­ple from the city and farm­ers,” she said.

“The show is a great tool to do that be­cause it’s al­ways a fun day.”

Miss Walm­s­ley has a big idea to share her pas­sion for agri­cul­ture.

She hopes to put to­gether a “day in the life” se­ries us­ing drone footage and in­ter­views with farm­ers in each branch of farm­ing dur­ing the dif­fer­ent sea­sons.

“Vis­i­tors would be able to see it as if they were there,” she said.

“They would be able to see the im­por­tance of farm­ing and see that food doesn’t just come from the fridge.”

Wa­roona-born and bred Macken­zie Walm­s­ley plays with the fam­ily dog at the farm.

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