Top ju­nior judges on show

Dubbo Photo News - - News Extra - By JOHN RYAN

VE­G­IES, chooks and wool were amongst the smor­gas­board of goods up for as­sess­ment by some of the state's top ju­nior judges last week­end. An ar­ray of pri­mary pro­duce was set up at Dubbo's show­ground as valu­able train­ing to help the NSW reps get fully pre­pared for the up­com­ing na­tional fi­nals to be held at Perth Royal from the end of the month.

The Perth Show will see nine Na­tional Young Judges com­pe­ti­tions held in­clud­ing the in­au­gu­ral Al­paca Young Judge, with the com­pe­ti­tions cov­er­ing all as­pects of mod­ern farm­ing with Beef Parad­ing, Beef Cat­tle, Merino Sheep, Merino Fleece, Meat Breeds Sheep, Dairy Parad­ing, Dairy Cat­tle, Poul­try and Al­paca.

They're open to com­peti­tors be­tween the ages of 15 and 25.

To be el­i­gi­ble to rep­re­sent NSW in a Na­tional Young Judges com­pe­ti­tion the en­trants must qual­ify at a group fi­nal re­gion­ally, then win their State Fi­nal at Syd­ney Royal Easter Show.

Dubbo beef pa­rader Sam Par­ish said the week­end was a vi­tal fi­nal prepa­ra­tion to take on the best from across the na­tion.

He was se­lected from 110 in his com­pe­ti­tion at Syd­ney Royal. An early starter, he's been in­ter­ested in show cat­tle since he was five years old and has been part of the suc­cess­ful St Johns Col­lege team which reg­u­larly scoops up awards across the eastern states.

"I grew up with both my par­ents in­ter­ested in the beef in­dus­try, and so many cat­tle shows are held in Dubbo so I learnt a lot run­ning around all of them," he said.

Mr Par­ish said the shows are a good bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence too. “Even though we're in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, we'll be life­long friends, and al­ready we've said we'll all sup­port each other at the dif­fer­ent events.

"The bond that agri­cul­tural kids have is tremen­dous, we have the abil­ity to form close friend­ships in very short pe­ri­ods of time and we're all look­ing for­ward to giv­ing back to the in­dus­try and the ASC (Agri­cul­tural So­ci­eties Coun­cil) when we're older."

ASC of NSW pres­i­dent Tim Capp be­lieves the ag in­dus­try is such an in­cred­i­ble fel­low­ship, and is pleased their col­lec­tive at­ti­tude is to con­tinue in the in­dus­try and sup­port the or­gan­i­sa­tions around it which do so much work in their com­mu­ni­ties and across the state.

"The Show of­fers a bit of an out for not only farm­ers but for coun­try peo­ple who are all so re­liant on the in­dus­try and all suf­fer­ing from the drought," Mr Capp said.

"You can get away from business, you can get away from the farm for the day or a cou­ple of days and go to your lo­cal show.

"The show is prob­a­bly still one of the big­gest events in coun­try cal­en­dars for that par­tic­u­lar town and that par­tic­u­lar area, so it gives peo­ple some­thing else to do, some­thing else to think about, whinge about the weather and talk about be­ing one day closer to rain," he said.

NSW has rep­re­sen­ta­tion in all nine com­pe­ti­tions plus the Na­tional Ru­ral Am­bas­sador Award, with a good chance of tak­ing home the hotly con­tested Pa­trick Keast Shield Award for the ju­ris­dic­tion with the most points.

The Agri­cul­tural So­ci­eties Coun­cil of NSW has been op­er­at­ing since 1929 as the par­ent body of the 195 agri­cul­tural show so­ci­eties in NSW. Its pri­mary role is to sup­port the lo­cal show so­ci­eties and to pro­mote and pro­tect the pas­toral, agri­cul­tural, hor­ti­cul­tural and in­dus­trial re­sources of Aus­tralia. WELLING­TON ARTS is a stand-out when it comes to lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, run­ning on less than the smell of an oily rag and do­ing great things.

Like other not-for-prof­its that don’t have any reg­u­lar in­come stream, this crew is con­stantly try­ing to source in­come through all avail­able fund­ing streams and grant op­por­tu­ni­ties, with­out tar­get­ing our lo­cal busi­nesses which are strug­gling in the cur­rent drought.

Pres­i­dent Lisa Thomas (pic­tured) is pleased that dur­ing the past 12 months Welling­ton Arts has de­liv­ered mul­ti­ple and var­ied events and ac­tiv­i­ties for our com­mu­nity.

“We wish to pro­vide this re­source of con­nect­ing com­mu­nity through the arts well into the fu­ture for Welling­ton and the re­gion,” Mrs Thomas said.

“We have a strength in num­bers and if all our com­mu­nity groups con­tinue to de­liver qual­ity so­cial events and sup­port each other we will demon­strate we are a com­mu­nity to be reck­oned with, whether it be through en­ter­tain­ment, sport, cul­tural, business acu­men or the arts.

“It is time we shed the neg­a­tive per­cep­tions, con­cen­trate on the things that we do well as a com­mu­nity, and en­cour­age tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties, trade and business op­por­tu­ni­ties and em­brace our var­ied and ex­pand­ing cul­tural her­itages and in­flu­ences – let’s bring pos­i­tive en­gage­ment, in­ter­est and re­spect back to our com­mu­nity,” she said.

Here’s how you can help – if you’re a lo­cal business, agency or or­gan­i­sa­tion, draft up a gen­eral let­ter of sup­port recog­nis­ing Welling­ton Arts as a com­mu­nity con­trib­u­tor.

These let­ters will be utilised to sup­port fu­ture fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions as Welling­ton Arts demon­strates its vi­a­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity within the com­mu­nity.

“Your con­sid­er­a­tion for pro­vid­ing a sup­port­ing let­ter will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, and this sup­port will al­low us to con­tinue bring­ing some joy to the com­mu­nity through change of at­ti­tudes and cre­ativ­ity,” Mrs Thomas said.

For a small amount of time spent, this could re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to Wello and it’s some­thing Dubbo or­gan­i­sa­tions should con­sider sup­port­ing as well.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, you can call Lisa Thomas on 0439 259 522 or email to in­fow­elling­[email protected]

Agri­cul­tural So­ci­eties Coun­cil of NSW pres­i­dent Tim Capp with Dubbo’s Sam Par­ish. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

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