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The finest produce from regional WA was on display in Canberra on Monday as part of the inaugural “Showcase WA” event organised by Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson and Member for Burt Matt Keogh.

 

More than 50 Canberra-based Ambassadors and High Commissioners joined MP’s and representatives from WA at the Parliament House Mural Hall to celebrate Western Australian food and wine, with many regions of the State showcasing what they are most famous for.

 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the event, and Showcase WA food ambassador, celebrity chef and MC Anna Gare, collaborated with the Parliament House head chef to bring out the best in WA’s fabulous produce.

 

Local produce on offer included WAMMCO Katanning Lamb, Harvey Beef, Mt Barker Free Range Chicken, Plantagenet Free Range Pork, Western Rock Lobster, MG Kailis prawns, Kytren Goats cheese, truffles from the Truffle and Wine Co in Manjimup, tastings of Limeburners Whisky and Swan Valley gin.

 

Wine was sourced by Wines of WA, and featured a flagship wine from each wine region and  CEO Larry Jorgensen paired each wine with the food offerings.

 

Mr Wilson said the event was an opportunity to showcase WA’s world-class produce, and for producers to make contacts that could result in lucrative new markets interstate and overseas.

 

“As Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of WA, I believe we can play an important role in making sure our produce, tourism and business assets are put in front of an international audience,” he said.

 

“The Parliament House chef has committed to putting WAMMCO Katanning lamb on his menu, he was so impressed, so that’s just one example of the benefits which could result from the event.”

 

The Showcase WA team partnered with Perth Airport to make the event a reality.

Mining giants Woodside, Rio Tinto and BHP, along with the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy, showcased Western Australia’s mineral diversity and the contribution this makes to the Australian economy.

 

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.