Taroom local a winning Queenslander
A TAROOM local is the toast of the town after her exceptional efforts in the local show, in agriculture and across her community were recognised in Brisbane this week.
Christie McLennan was awarded the honour of being crowned this year's Queensland Rural Ambassador, beating 10 other entrants at the Brisbane Exhibition.
The competition features ambassadors from 11 Queensland sub-chambers for show societies.
Mrs McLennan, ambassador for the south-west sub-chamber and Taroom Show Society, will now head to Adelaide next year for the national ambassador competition.
The award is handed to someone who is heavily involved with their local rural or regional show society, particularly with agriculture.
Mrs McLennan, is vice-president of the Taroom Show Society works in the agriculture industry.
She said she was thrilled to beat 10 other worthy winners for the award, and hoped this would encourage young people in her community to become involved with the show society.
"It was very exciting (to be awarded),” Mrs McLennan said.
"It is a very big privileged to be made ambassador because it was a huge competition this year and the quality of entrants was very high.”
As state ambassador for 2017, Mrs McLennan will now play a role across all of the sub-chambers in Queensland, being invited to help promote, organise and be part of regional and shows across rural Queensland.
"I think it is important to be involved.,” she said.
"There is a fresh and vibrant group of young people coming through who are involved in shows and agriculture who sometimes do not get the recognition they deserve.
"This award allows young people to be noticed and to see our shows and industry are in good hands for the future.”
The award is for males and females from sub-chambers who are aged of 20-30 years.
The competition is relatively new, having only begun 15 years ago.
Each contestant conducts a private interview with the judges, discussing their involvement in their local community and agriculture.