PREMIER Colin Barnett today announced to a lively group of students at Willeton Primary School, that the government will be paying for their tickets to agricultural shows this year - including the Perth Royal Show.
As part of a state-wide promotion for the Year of the Farmer (2012) all children aged 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, will receive free entry to various agricultural shows across Western Australia.
The State Government has committed $2m towards the initiative saying it will provide better value for WA families saving them $12 per young child at the Royal Show, as well as offering funding support to affiliated regional agricultural shows.
"The Perth Royal Show is an important part of the fabric of WA," Mr Barnett said.
"This is the second consecutive year the State Government has provided free entry to children 12 years and under; it's a real contribution towards helping support WA families."
Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman was also present and said the move would help promote the Year of the Farmer by encouraging city dwellers to visit rural and regional shows across the state.
"These shows play a vital role in highlighting the value of the WA agriculture sector," he said.
"It is a great opportunity for young people to learn more about the fresh, quality food produced in this State and the great career opportunities in this sector in the city and the country."
The Premier also offered a little insight into his personal life, telling the students at Willeton Primary all about his little sheep farm near Toodyay.
"That's my hobby," he told the students, explaining his pets are bred only to be eaten – all while they petted a baby calf on display thanks to the Royal Agricultural Society.
Mr Redman also admitted the Premier often interrupts Parliament to lean over and chat to colleagues about his beloved Damara sheep.