Ambassador aims to bridge the gap
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.