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WESTERN Australia’s agricultural strength was on show again recently at the Dowerin Field Days.

Events such as these provide a great opportunity to see a sample of the diversity of our agricultural sector and the major contribution it makes to our state’s economy – worth $4.5 billion a year.

Our farmers are among the world’s most efficient agricultural producers and have a reputation for providing quality products – a reputation that is becoming even more important as trends change around the world.

A key part of our reputation is built on our credibility as a source of ‘clean’ products, particularly fresh produce.

This will be a main feature of a promotion at Selfridges stores in London and Manchester later this month which will showcase Western Australia’s clean, fresh food and beverage

products.



IT WAS a pleasure to be at Winthrop Primary School recently to launch one of the special projects for the new millennium.

The Sign In 2000 project will give every schoolchild in Western Australia the chance to sign their names into

history.

Each child will be able to send in their signature to be included in paving tiles that will be used in landscaping around the Barrack Square Development.

We estimate that there are nearly 371,000 students in Western Australia and we want to collect the majority of the signatures from 13 to 17 September.

WESTERN Australia can look forward to another major tourism attraction when the HMAS Perth comes to her final destination here next year.

We faced tough competition around Australia for the decommissioned guided missile destroyer and I’m delighted she will be coming here.

In just 20 months, the HMAS Swan, which was decommissioned and sunk off Dunsborough, has become one of the State’s great tourism success stories.

More than 10,000 divers from around the world dived on the wreck in the first year after it was sunk.

I look forward to seeing the results from the submissions to determine the most appropriate location and use for the Perth.



IN ANOTHER development, work is now under way on the site works for the $45 million Joondalup Police Academy.

Turning the first sod on the nine hectares was among the early jobs on the list for the Western Australia’s new Police Commissioner Barry Matthews when he started on his new role last month.

The academy, which is on a site between the Edith Cowan University and West Coast College of TAFE, will be the base for about 500 staff and students when it is finished in 2001.

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