The Next Generation

seven young teenagers standing with arms crossed and looking at the camera. They are mostly wearing brightly coloured shearing singlets and shorts.

Act Belong Commit Darkan Sheepfest President, Jodie King, cannot have more passion for sheep, wool and involving young Australians in the industry.

“I’m so excited to see The Next Generation Hub at Sheepfest this year. There are so many young people getting involved in the wool industry, this is our future for the next 50 years and I think it is in very capable hands!”

Jodie King

The Next Generation Hub is set to be a buzzing meeting place for youth at Act Belong Commit Darkan Sheepfest. There will be interactive activities as well as industry representatives present for meet and greet opportunities. These include Rural Ambassadors and Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Next Gen Committee members Lauren Patane and Chloe Blight, WA Shearing Ambassadors, and Western Australian College of Agriculture representatives.

photo of smiling blonde woman wearing pearl stud earrings and blue and white striped shirt with arms resting on gate in a shearing shed. She has a broad smile and is looking at the camera.
Jodie King, Act Belong Commit Darkan Sheepfest President.
a teenaged boy wearing blue long-sleeved worksheet holds a sample of fine white merino wool in his hands as he looks at the camera. Behind him in the shearing shed, blurred in the background, shearers are bending down shearing sheep.
Ag College student Zaine Cuthbert, from Darkan, will be competing at the 2024 Darkan Sheepfest.


photo showing a large purple semi-trailer truck with iNSTRUCKTA branding. It has a slide-out section opened up on the trailer which folds down to steps so that visitor can access the displays inside.

A LARGE addition to our 2024 show will be a bright purple semi-trailer, the iNSTRUCKTA that is taking road safety up a level in Western Australia. 🚛

It’s an interactive, technology-driven educational space that teaches current and future road users how to safely interact with heavy vehicles. Those at the show will be able to immerse themselves in the virtual reality and also climb up and sit in the prime mover to get a first-hand view of where the truck driver’s blind spots are.

Given the number of road trains that travel through Darkan each day, this will be a great opportunity for visitors to Darkan Sheepfest to learn more about how to safely share the road with these heavy vehicles.

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