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Rod has eye on the future

Tuesday, 10th February, 2015

New Silver City Pastoral and Agricultural Association president Rod Murray with outgoing president Pat Borlace. New Silver City Pastoral and Agricultural Association president Rod Murray with outgoing president Pat Borlace.

As former Show committee president Pat Borlace steps down to catalogue the past, new president Rod Murray is casting an eye to the future.

Rod has stepped up as president of the Silver City Pastoral and Agricultural Association, replacing Pat after four years of service in the role.

“I love the show and the pavilion, I don’t do it for any praise, it’s all for the kids of the town,” said Pat.

“I’m stepping down, but they won’t get rid of me that easily.”

Pat said she has moved away from a leadership role in order to concentrate on compiling the show’s history into a museum.

She hopes to have a full historical exhibit ready for this year’s show.

Meanwhile Rod will look to take the show forward after stepping into the role through his work as a school teacher at Broken Hill High School.

“The show was trying to get the schools more involved, and had done stuff with us like cooking and some woodwork, and I saw they needed a hand and everything led from there,” he said.

“I think the committee is strong, and this year we’re ready to really put in and ensure everything is bigger and better.

“We want to get all the schools involved more, and also make sure there’s a real family focus.”

One area guaranteed to see improvement in the animal nursery, which has been bolstered by generous support from local businessman Steve Radford.

“Steve has been a fantastic supporter in helping improve the animal nursery, so that should be a really top area next year,” said Rod.

But it’s not just younger families who will be the focus as the show moves forward, with Rod pointing out that a lot of the city’s talented older residents had work that should be on display in the show’s pavilions.

He said people didn’t seem to display their work to the public like they used to, and that should be rectified in future.

“We’d like to see some older people put things in and really get back into it,” he said.

“There are lots of skilled people out there from quilters to gardeners to cooks, and we want to stir them up and get them involved again.”

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