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Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA president Tony Seabrook and WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan at the PGA convention awards dinner at Botanical Room, Crown Perth, on September 7.
Camera IconPastoralists and Graziers Association of WA president Tony Seabrook and WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan at the PGA convention awards dinner at Botanical Room, Crown Perth, on September 7. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA held its first annual convention in three years at Crown Perth on September 7.

The long-awaited event attracted about 100 pastoralists, graziers, industry figureheads and politicians, who gathered to hear the latest industry updates from a packed line-up of speakers.

CropLife Australia media and communications director Elyse Denman.
Camera IconCropLife Australia media and communications director Elyse Denman. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

PGA president Tony Seabrook set the tone for the day with an incendiary opening speech in which he bemoaned the “dangerous smugness” of governments and their “endless pandering to woke pressure groups”.

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Guest presenters included WA Opposition Leader Mia Davies, Institute of Public Affairs deputy executive director Daniel Wild and journalist-turned political commentator Gemma Tognini.

Kevin You, Daniel Wild and Terry Hill.
Camera IconKevin You, Daniel Wild and Terry Hill. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

The theme for this year’s event was “the future of agriculture — capitalising on global trends”.

The convention concluded with a gala dinner incorporating the presentation of PGA’s annual Achievement Award.

The 2022 award went to PGA vice president and former Bidgemia Station pastoralist Locky McTaggart.

Rick Ford, Locky McTaggart and Marguerite Olivier.
Camera IconRick Ford, Locky McTaggart and Marguerite Olivier. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Lee Hayter, Julia Seabrook and Peter Wilson.
Camera IconLee Hayter, Julia Seabrook and Peter Wilson. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Mike and Liz Hayter.
Camera IconMike and Liz Hayter. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Hayley Goad and Calum Carruth.
Camera IconHayley Goad and Calum Carruth. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
David Boyle, Sophia Moermond and Kyle McGinn.
Camera IconDavid Boyle, Sophia Moermond and Kyle McGinn. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Jenni Stawell and Peter Wilson.
Camera IconJenni Stawell and Peter Wilson. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Dallas Mutter and Belinda Carruth.
Camera IconDallas Mutter and Belinda Carruth. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Barry Court and Leon Giglia.
Camera IconBarry Court and Leon Giglia. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
John Roberts and Bruce Mullan.
Camera IconJohn Roberts and Bruce Mullan. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Narelle and Gary McGill.
Camera IconNarelle and Gary McGill. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

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