Showcasing the Coast’s agricultural gems to next gen of Zimbabwe
  • Thursday 30 January 2014

The Sunshine Coast is showing off its rich and diverse show heritage and agricultural assets to budding young next generation agriculturalists from Zimbabwe over three days.

As part of the Zimbabwe and Australian Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Show Society Bursary program, Ms Rumbidzai Ngwarai and Mr Kudakwashe Kudenga from Harare, Zimbabwe will visit a range of key agricultural highlights throughout the Sunshine Coast region. This will include Kenilworth Cheese, Nambour Showgrounds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and various beef and dairy industry farms.

President of the Sunshine Coast Show Society and Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was pleased but not surprised the Sunshine Coast had been granted three full days in the group’s 31 day tour of Queensland.

“It is a real honour and privilege to welcome our visitors from Zimbabwe and to teach them about our local Sunshine Coast show movement and agricultural assets,” Cr McKay said.

“After having breakfast with the group on the tour I was amazed and excited by how much I learnt from them about their use of technology to help connect rural shows with the broader community.

“This bursary program enables our next generation to uphold and continue protecting the history and traditions of the Queensland show movement and build on and grow the local agricultural sectors. While preserving this, we are making strong connections to improve and take the show movement into the future.”

One of the final items on the Sunshine Coast itinerary is an address to Sunshine Coast Councillors from Emma-Kate McGeorge of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society and also the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Show Society (QCAS) Next Generation.

Ms McGeorge said the youth today are the next generation to safeguard the show movement and continue to nurture and improve the local agricultural sectors.

“I believe there are similarities between the Sunshine Coast show movement and Sunshine Coast Council; we are all here to improve the local region into the future by increasing our sense of community and quality of life by building social capital, while still preserving the heritage that our forefathers created,” she said.

QCAS Next Generation is an organisation consisting of like-minded young people who hold a strong passion for the Queensland show movement and agriculture.