Wesley's got it covered

The West Australian

Southern Cross local Callum Wesley has been selected to appear on the cover of this year's Central and Eastern Yellow Pages and White Pages, which is being distributed this week.

Mr Wesley, 21, has been selected under the theme, Australian Stars Rising Above, which celebrates up-and-coming Australians who are achieving beyond their years and making positive changes in their community.

Mr Wesley is an innovative farmer, agricultural inventor and rural role model who is working to provide the central and eastern farming district with a brighter future.

Spending his entire childhood working on his family's farm in Southern Cross, he decided to leave for university after finishing High School. Realising that only a small number of young farmers return to their farms after university, he decided to leave further education and work full time on the farm, acting as a role model to fellow peers.

At the age of 16 the young entrepreneur invented his well-known Wesley Wheel, a ground-breaking water harvesting system to help farms retain moisture from rainfall through compacting soil between crop rows.

The invention has led him to gain a position as a specialist consultant at the Department of Agriculture where he will conduct further research and development.

As the 2014 WA Rural Ambassador, Mr Wesley promotes the agricultural industry by talking at various events around the State.

"One of my current roles is being on the committee of AgConnectWA, a subsidiary of WA Farmers Association," he said.

"AgConnect provides a networking group for young people in agriculture, helping them to build and maintain connections in the agriculture industry and keep them updated on industry leading technologies.

"We really want to support the future generation of farmers and help one another visualise our future within the industry," Mr Wesley said.

Residents and businesses can choose not to receive a copy of the Central and Eastern Yellow Pages and White Pages by visiting www.directoryselect.com.au .

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