Rural Community Achiever Award 2011 & 2012

For more than 20 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia has recognised the achievements of individuals in regional WA through the Rural Community Achiever Award.


October 2, 2011

Wagin man wins Rural Community Achiever Award


Wagin man Arthur Pederick has been named the 2011 Rural Community Achiever.

Nominated by The Wagin Agricultural Society (The WAS), Arthur has participated in farming, stud breeding, emu farming and international consultancy for over 50 years.

He has won all the major Corriedale sheep trophies available Australia-wide.

The now retired farmer has also worked tirelessly to empower the people of the community, particularly young people, to achieve their full potential.

Married with three grown children and eight grandchildren, Arthur is a six times winner of the Perth Royal Show’s Governor’s Cup, a pioneer emu farmer who consulted in China, a successful exhibitor of Corriedale sheep at Perth Royal Shows and Wagin Woolorama and, for 50 years, a lay preacher with the Methodist/Uniting Church.

Last year’s rural community achiever, Malcom Edward, also from Wagin, says the Wagin Woolorama has benefitted from Arthur introducing structures in the British and Australasian sheep competition, the trade fair and the rodeo.

“His active presence has built strength into us all,” he says.

Aside from his industry achievements, the 67-year-old has mentored troubled youth and won gratitude for his work with the local school volunteer program and drug awareness.

As a man of faith he has been a Sunday School teacher for 40 years and been involved in Scripture Union, Beach Missions and Frontier Youth Services.

Arthur will donate his prize money to further equip the Youth Centre Shed to facilitate projects and activities for intergenerational community development.


Media opportunity: Arthur Pederick; 0427 350 351; 9861 2060


August 23, 2010

Wagin man finalist in Rural Community Achiever Award

A sense of belonging to the community has driven Wagin man Malcolm Edward’s efforts towards staging the annual Woolorama event.

In recognition of his work, he is one of seven finalists in The Royal Agricultural Society (The RAS) of Western Australia’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 Wagin Agricultural Society (The WAS), Mr Edward’s work with Woolorama has helped put the town on the map.

Mr Edward moved to Wagin in 1968 to join his father-in-law in the running of Belmont Park Stud. He became involved in The WAS and soon realised the annual October show, with only locals attending, had no future.

Along with other forward thinkers he proposed it become an autumn event in March, when there would be less competition from other agricultural shows.

 Woolorama was born and 38 years later it is recognised as an outstanding success, with local businesses benefiting from the 20,000 visitors it attracts annually.

Over the years it has provided a forum for wool innovation technology and sheep productivity ideas to be presented to farmers. Agricultural business generated is put at around $3 million per year. More than $30,000 is distributed every year to service organizations in the town who have contributed to the staging of the event.

As well as gaining sponsorship for Woolorama events, Mr Edward has pursued the eradication of footrot and lice.

He has also found time for 42 years of active Lions Club membership and 30 years of volunteer fire brigade leadership.

“It just seems like the right thing to do,” the 69-year-old says.

 “Perhaps Malcolm’s greatest contribution has been his ability to persist with an idea until he sees it through to its fulfilment,” states The WAS.

“He has the ability to see beyond the obvious and the courage to step out to achieve ground breaking developments which have pond rippling effects for most rural enterprises.”

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

Mr Edward would put the funds back into promoting Woolorama and upgrading facilities.

The winner of the Rural Community Achiever Award will be announced in Perth at the Royal Show’s Claremont Showground on Sunday September 26, 2010.

The 2010 Smoke Free Perth Royal Show is on from September 25 to October 2.


Media opportunity: Malcolm Edward: 9861 1024; 0428 611 024