Talented young rural people show the way

Showgirls, rural achievers shine the way for ag

OPINION
Opinion
Smart, savvy and helping ag and rural communities survive - young rural showgirls.

Smart, savvy and helping ag and rural communities survive - young rural showgirls.

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What isn't there to learn from these bright young stars?

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The bush has a wealth of young talent who are turning their fantastic ideas and aspirations into reality.

You only have to look at the pages in last week's Land to find young people who are ready to act or are acting on their projects.

And they are motivated - either by issues that some members of older generations might not want to confront such as climate change - or value adding to the great contributions of previous generations.

They are doing this despite the enforced isolation of the last year from the pandemic.

They are doing this in one of the hardest environments to get started in life with pressure on rentals and jobs.

Fair enough, it's not the 1930s Depression, that built a hardy generation, but it is a similar in many of the challenges.

We should give a fist pump to these amazing go-getters who are contributing to society with their enthusiasm and bright ideas.

And it all starts at the grassroots. What they are doing in their local community has a ripple affect to the broader agriculture sector.

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Many at The Land have been judges for the showgirl competition, interviewing women in their 20s doing amazing things with resumes fast accumulating.

They manage race club marketing, rally their community in natural disasters or they are studying environmental science to find new ways for ag to adapt to climate change.

The Rural Achievers are also showing the way forward, fighting for ag issues and making significant contributions to their communities.

While our young auctioneers worked hard for their clients in drought and now their quick quips are bringing home top dollar to farm gates.

All of these incredible young guns have waited patiently for a year as COVID-19 hit, closing last year's Sydney Royal.

But now their rightful time on stage has arrived and we can assure you, you will be nothing but impressed by their commitment, intelligence and faith in the future.

The pandemic has made people more cautious, especially with being involved in community groups. But as the vaccine rolls out, now is the time to re-engage, and it will be young people of the bush that will help lead us into a brighter time.

Maybe some of our politicians should get an engagement lesson or two from these young inspiring rural leaders.

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