Govt stumps up for Royal Show tickets

27 Jul, 2014 02:00 AM
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Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Royal Agricultural Society WA president Rob Wilson (left), check out some fresh produce with Georgie Lewi, Angus Roberts, Amelie Cornelius and Poppy Dearden.
"It's a sector that brings real export dollars into WA's economy.
Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Royal Agricultural Society WA president Rob Wilson (left), check out some fresh produce with Georgie Lewi, Angus Roberts, Amelie Cornelius and Poppy Dearden.

CHILDREN accompanied by an adult will again be given free entry to the IGA Perth Royal Show and their local Royal Agricultural Society-affiliated shows, under a $2 million State Government initiative to support WA agriculture.

Under the initiative, $1.2m will go towards providing free entry for children aged 12 years and younger to the IGA Perth Royal Show, when accompanied by an adult.

A further $800,000 - allocated through Royalties for Regions - will be available for affiliated regional shows to fund free entry for children when accompanied by an adult.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said with demand for agricultural produce rising, there was great potential for expanding the sector.

He said it was important for all children to learn about the agricultural industry from a young age.

"It's a sector that brings real export dollars into WA's economy," Mr Baston said.

"There are real opportunities for careers in agriculture, and agricultural shows play an important role in showcasing the industry to the next generation. At a more basic level, children can learn where the food they eat really comes from."

Early-bird discount tickets to the IGA Perth Royal Show are available at http://www.perthroyalshow.com.au with adult passes costing $22.

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