Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Free entry to Royal Show for children

    24/08/2013 12:00 AM
    • Free entry to the Perth Royal Show for children aged 12 and younger
    • Free tickets to RAS affiliated regional shows for children

    The 2013 IGA Perth Royal Show and regional agricultural shows will continue to provide great value to Western Australian families as the Liberal National Government again funds free entry for children.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the State Government was investing $1.2million to provide free entry to the Perth show for children 12 years old and younger, when accompanied by an adult.


    The free tickets will save a family with two primary school children $26 in 2013.


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government would also provide $800,000 through Royalties for Regions to give affiliated regional shows the opportunity to access grants to allow children to gain free entry there too.


    Mr Baston said the Royal Show was a great opportunity for the Government to promote the benefits of farming and agriculture to a wide audience - especially children.


    “This gesture helps to nurture city-country relations and encourages attendance at agricultural shows throughout the State,” he said.


    “These shows highlight the value of WA’s agriculture sector. The Perth Royal Show, in particular, gives city children real insight into where their food comes from.”


    Mr Grylls said the Perth Royal Show and the more than 60 agricultural shows across the regions were an important part of showcasing regional WA.


    “Agricultural shows are a highlight of the year for many regional families and as well as being fantastic community events, they also give primary producers the opportunity to show their produce, participate in high-level competition and promote the regions,” he said.


    Mr Baston said in the past two years more than 200,000 children had enjoyed the Royal Show free of charge.


    “This is the third consecutive year the Government has provided free entry for young children at the Perth Royal Show,” he said.


    Mr Baston said the show played a key role in teaching children the importance of agriculture in the lives of not just rural, but also urban dwellers.


    “This year, the Farm 2 Food interactive exhibition has been introduced and there’ll be farmers on hand to answer questions through the Ask a Farmer initiative,” he said.


    Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RAS) president Hugh Harding said the free entry for children initiative had increased attendance by up to 50,000 patrons each year.


    “The RAS is also committed to educating local children through the self-funded Farm 2 School program which by September will have educated 35,000 primary school children in 85 metropolitan and country schools about the origins of their food,” Mr Harding said.


    Mr Baston said teaching young people about production of the State’s quality food and the career opportunities in the sector was a priority for the Government.


          Fact File

    • 2013 IGA Perth Royal Show runs from September 28 to October 5
    • 870,000 people attended the Perth Royal Show over the last two years

    Agriculture and Food Minister’s office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500