Re­gion well rep­re­sented

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - SAM TURNER sam.turner@cnbtimes.com.au

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from the Bur­nett were part of 260 del­e­gates who at­tended a his­tor­i­cal first on the Gold Coast this month.

The Agri­cul­tural Shows of Aus­tralia’s In­au­gu­ral Con­fer­ence drew vis­i­tors from Aus­tralia and New Zealand, all ea­ger to learn how to bet­ter their in­dus­try shows.

Hosted by the Queens­land Ag Shows Next Gen­er­a­tion Com­mit­tee, the theme for the con­fer­ence was “Stronger to­gether, build­ing re­silient, adapt­able shows”.

QASNGC pres­i­dent Bri­anna Hockey said it was promis­ing to see sev­eral Bur­nett mem­bers at­tend the event.

“It was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing to see that the show so­ci­eties within our re­gion see the value in equip­ping the peo­ple who are in­volved with run­ning these shows,” Ms Hockey said.

“It’s im­por­tant that they’re net­work­ing and touch­ing base with shows who are be­yond our bor­ders, to keep these go­ing in the fu­ture.”

This con­fer­ence was the first of its kind na­tion­ally, held 200 years since the very first ag show in Tas­ma­nia in 1820.

Monto’s ag show will be cel­e­brat­ing its 90th year in 2020, with Ms Hockey say­ing the con­fer­ence gave ag shows the op­por­tu­nity to unite.

“There’s a lot of his­tory be­hind these events, and its im­por­tant we in­vest in the vol­un­teers who give their time to en­sure they con­tinue in the fu­ture.”

Ms Hockey said it was great to re­ceive in­sight from staff of ma­jor shows such as the Royal Ade­laide Show, the Ekka, and Syd­ney Royal Easter Show.

“We’re not as big as the other shows, but re­gard­less of the size, vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions are fac­ing sim­i­lar is­sues,” she said.

“But now we can bring this in­for­ma­tion back, and make our events even stronger.”

The first ag show of the Bur­nett will kick off on April 11 in Gayn­dah, then Mt Perry on April 18.

Pic­ture: Lynette Vi­cary

DEL­E­GATES: Paul Fran­cis, Mia Fran­cis, Bri­anna Hockey, Amy Smith (all from Monto), Lucy Connolly (Eidsvold), Clare Webb (Monto), Se­na­tor Su­san McDon­ald and Lynette Vi­cary (Mun­dub­bera) at the in­au­gu­ral ag show con­fer­ence.

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