New president has big Woolorama plans

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Howie Ward.
Camera IconHowie Ward. Credit: Michael Traill

The Wagin Agricultural Society has entered a new era, recently appointing a new president and rural youth ambassador to the organisation.

President Howie Ward and rural youth ambassador Michael McKenzie will lead the direction the iconic Wagin Woolorama will take in 2019.

Michael McKenzie.
Camera IconMichael McKenzie. Credit: Diana Blackock.

Mr Ward previously served as the head steward of Woolorama’s wool section for more than a decade.

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“I was happy there but saw a need here (as president); the guys who have been running it have done a huge job,” he said.

“There have been a few challenges that’s for sure but good people work for us (four part-time employees), they all do their jobs and get it done and I just steer the ship and help them make a decision or two.”

A couple of events will be back for the Woolorama event in 2019.

“We’ll have log choppers; the axe men will be here, which haven’t been for many years,” Mr Ward said.

“And we’ll have speed shearing again, that’s cranked up again and will be held on the Friday night.”

Mr McKenzie will be using his new role to advocate for important issues, including the historical importance of agriculture in our State and the growing division between regional and city life.

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