New president for Woolorama

Rueben HaleCountryman
Woolorama president Malcolm Edward.
Camera IconWoolorama president Malcolm Edward. Credit: Countryman

This year Malcolm Edward was announced as the Wagin Agricultural Society president, replacing outgoing leader Murray Gell.

Mr Edward, who was also president in 2001, said he felt obliged to take on the role until some of the younger members gained more experience.

"I thought I would give it another run for a while," he said, adding that the role of president meant co-ordinating the people who made the day work.

Mr Edward said he believed the role of president meant co-ordinating the people who made the day work. "We've got good sub-committees, volunteers, staff and support for the event," he said.

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Mr Edward said Woolorama was a growing event and although agriculture had experienced downturns in recent years, the future was looking bright.

This year, more than 20,000 people are expected to attend Woolorama.

"The livestock and grain markets are looking very positive at the moment. And the cattle show has continued to get bigger," he said.

"Wool has gone through a bit of a downturn over the last few years, but it's coming back and I can see a big future for it. It looks like wool could get to $20 per kilo."

Mr Edward said unfortunately the event had lost exhibits for various reasons.

"We've lost goats this year - it's a hobby farm situation that has gone through a cycle and there isn't so much interest," he said.

Mr Edward said Woolorama helped people be proud of agriculture, and the action of showing created competition and pride.

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