The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) recently held its annual Volunteer Recognition Event at the Wheel + Bull at the Claremont Showgrounds. The event was a way to recognise the incredible contributions of RASWA’s dedicated volunteers, who play a vital role in bringing the Perth Royal Show and many other RASWA programs to life.

Heartwarming stories of their impact at this year’s Perth Royal Show were shared, highlighting their invaluable contributions across various areas, from the gates and information booths to the Animal Nursery and other agricultural activations. This year, RASWA had a remarkable team of 300 registered Show volunteers who clocked in an impressive 3,600 hours over 1200 shifts, ensuring the smooth running of the event. The Event volunteers worked across all competition areas including Horses, Photography, Pigeons and Poultry, Sheepdogs, Dogs, Cats, Cattle, Sheep, Alpacas, Dairy Goats, Creative Crafts and Cookery. They contributed countless hours in the lead up to and during Perth Royal Show.

Jim Fleming, was recognised as Volunteer of the Year, for his exceptional leadership and coordination in the Heritage Team throughout the year. His dedication and expertise have been essential in projects to restore machines and motors with a special knack of being able to source vintage parts to bring the past to life – a popular place to visit for Perth Royal Show visitors. 
Peta Tuckett was named Volunteer of the Show for 2023. She was instrumental in the growth and development of the Woodchop competition and area. Her passion and commitment to this beloved tradition and its exciting future are truly commendable.

As a token of appreciation, commemorative coins from the The Perth Mint were given to long-serving volunteers attending the function who have been the pillars of RASWA for more than ten years. Their unwavering loyalty and dedication are truly inspiring.

The Royal Agricultural Society of WA is immensely grateful for each and every one of the volunteers who are, and continue to be, the driving force behind the Perth Royal Show’s success.