Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Premier Commemorates 50 Years Of Farm World
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu today focused on the importance of agriculture to Victoria’s economy when he officially opened Farm World 2012 on its 50th anniversary.
Speaking at the opening in Warragul, Premier Baillieu paid tribute to Farm World’s role in supporting and promoting Victoria’s agriculture sector.
“From humble beginnings, Farm World now attracts thousands of people from all over Victoria and beyond.” Premier Baillieu said.
“Victoria’s future as a significant and competitive exporter depends on the agriculture and food sectors to capitalise on new trade opportunities. Field days advance Victoria’s farm businesses, with access to new information, technologies and marketing options available in the agricultural market place.” Premier Baillieu said.
Premier Baillieu said expos and field days such as Farm World were vital to Victoria’s farming communities.
“Farming expos whether it’s Wimmera Field Days, Sheepvention or Farm World are a vital part of farming life in regional and rural Victoria.” Premier Baillieu said.
“They not only showcase the latest opportunities for advancing farm business, but also attract significant economic benefits from the thousands of visitors who are there to demonstrate, participate or buy.”
“With more than 700 exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services, it is no surprise that Farm World attracts around 50,000 visitors each year.” Premier Baillieu said.
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said Farm World was a boost for the region and local businesses, and he praised the directors and committees of management past and present.
“For 50 years Farm World has brought significant economic benefit to many businesses, large and small, in Baw Baw and across the Gippsland, as visitors and vendors descend on the region.” Mr. Blackwood said.
“The foresight and initiative shown by directors and committee of management members over the last 50 years has turned Lardner Park into a world-class event venue that is used by many community groups and organisations throughout the year.” Mr. Blackwood said.
The Farm World exhibition is a four-day event held at Lardner Park in Warragul, showcasing the ability and capability of Victoria’s local agricultural communities.