House debates

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Statements by Members

Burt Electorate: Kelmscott Show

1:56 pm

Photo of Matt KeoghMatt Keogh (Burt, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Kelmscott Show, in the electorate of Burt, along with the state member for Armadale and show patron, Dr Tony Buti; and new WA Labor state members of parliament the member for Darling Range, Barry Urban; and the member for Jandakot, Yaz Mubarakai. With its genesis in the Kelmscott Farmers & Fruit Growers Society, the first Kelmscott Show was held on 3 February 1897. I attended my first show as a young boy in the early 1980s and have been attending nearly every show ever since. Now proudly run by the Kelmscott Agricultural Society, of which my family and I are proud members, the Kelmscott Show was a tremendous success this year.

The society has now introduced a KAS cadet scheme to get the next generation involved in the Kelmscott Show. The scheme is open to young people aged 10 to 18 to meet and work with community mentors and help organise the show. It is a great opportunity for local kids to gain event management experience.

To all the volunteers, community members and my dedicated Team Keogh volunteers who helped out on my stall at the 2017 Kelmscott Show: well done and thank you for all of your hard work. It is events like the Kelmscott Show that highlight the great work and the produce of our community and counter the negative stereotypes that are often imposed upon us. It is another part of how we can change the story for our community.