Why farmer Dave is an RAS finalist

31 Aug, 2010 11:26 AM
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Finalist: Central Midlands Agricultural Society president David Hall has been nominated as a finalist in this year's Rural Community Achiever award.
Finalist: Central Midlands Agricultural Society president David Hall has been nominated as a finalist in this year's Rural Community Achiever award.

WHEN a job needs doing, David Hall is the man to do it.

“When jobs are put in front of me, I just take them,” the Moora farmer said simply.

In recognition of his can-do approach, Mr Hall is one of seven finalists in the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of WA’s 2010 Rural Community Achiever award.

The award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to society by supporting and developing their local communities.

Nominated by the Central Midlands Agricultural Society, Mr Hall is credited with bringing the Moora Show back from the brink.

The 56-year-old stud cattle farmer recognised three years ago that the show was on the verge of folding, with just a few overworked committee members propping it up.

He was nominated as president and then set about building up the show to gain large community support, with last year's show attended by 3000 people.

He also helped organise a grand street parade for the Shire of Moora centenary celebrations last year that took place during show week.

“I was lucky I got the right team together,” he said.

“We get real enjoyment out of doing something for the community.

“I am just a bloke who likes to push things forward.

“Once something is gone it is very hard to get it back.

“It would have been devastating if we had lost the show.

“Now we are looking forward to our 100th year.”

In addition Mr Hall is an active fire brigade member, the president and life member of both the local rifle club at New Norcia and the Midlands District Rifle Association and has been president of the Pony Club for five years.

Mr Hall is keen to see the local shows and the Perth Royal Show continue to provide the public with an event which highlights rural achievements and helps bridge the gap between rural and urban communities.

The Rural Community Achiever receives $2000 cash and an additional $2000 is donated to a community project of his or her choice.

The funds would allow the Central Midlands Agricultural Society to buy materials for the construction of a stage floor to fit in an outdoor marquee.

The stage would be stored at the show ground and available for community groups to use at events during the year.

The winner of the Rural Community Achiever award will be announced in Perth at the Royal Show’s Claremont Showgrounds on Sunday, September 26.

Central Midlands & Coastal AdvocateSource: http://www.centraladvocate.com.au

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