The weather was crisp but the welcome was decidedly warm when His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson APM headed to the Central Wheatbelt for his first visit to the region since taking office as Governor of Western Australia.
Like thousands of others, the Governor made the trek to one of the most successful and well-attended agricultural events in Australia, the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.
The event sees the town of Dowerin swell from its usual population of under 500 souls to a crowd of more than 24,000 attendees who flock to see exhibits by 700 unique exhibitors.
Governor Dawson had the great pleasure to officially open the event and paid tribute to the contribution agricultural industries make to the State’s economy.
“I admire your grit, your perseverance and your commitment to growing our agricultural economy which is vital to our State. The contribution agriculture makes to our State’s prosperity is massive.”
He acknowledged the impact of the pandemic and cost of living pressures on country people and their businesses, and was thankful for recent strong harvests and good rains. He thanked organisers for their hard work in putting together the sold-out event and encouraged attendees to buy local and invest in their businesses to drive growth and innovation on the land.