Changing of Woolorama guard as young step up

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Michael McKenzie and Lauren Rayner are new editions to Woolorama in 2019.
Camera IconMichael McKenzie and Lauren Rayner are new editions to Woolorama in 2019. Credit: Michael Traill

Youth, vitality and innovation has been brought front and centre as Wagin Woolorama’s theme for 2019.

Organisers of the event have made a conscious effort to bring younger leaders into teams behind the scenes.

Among those new to the Woolorama in 2019 are Lauren Rayner and Michael McKenzie.

At 20 years old Ms Rayner, a former Brookton resident and WA College of Agriculture Narrogin student, will be judging the merino section competition this year.

“The strength of the community is all about the different generations coming together,” she said.

“The average age of farmers now is 57, the younger generations really need to start to step up and carry on what’s been done before. At the moment, that has skipped a couple of generations, so now we’re trying really hard to get people back into agriculture because it is such an amazing industry to be a part of.”

Ms Rayner encourages youth in regional communities to get involved.

“We definitely need people to be passionate and driven to be able to keep these agriculture societies alive,” she said.

Mr McKenzie, Woolorama’s rural ambassador for 2019, calls on young people to encourage friends from regional and metropolitan WA to visit Woolorama to see what country life has to offer.

“Bring your friends; if you know anyone from high school or a family member, reach out to them and ask them to get down,” he said.

“It’s so important to encourage people from both sides of the city and country to come to the Wagin Woolorama, there’s so much to learn and enjoy.

“The reason we want to encourage youth to come down is because young people are the future of the regions.”

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