What’s Shane Webcke doing in the Maranoa?

Shane Webcke is coming to the Maranoa to have a yarn with graziers.
Shane Webcke is coming to the Maranoa to have a yarn with graziers. Bev Lacey

THE best years of the agricultural sector are ahead of it, according to rugby league legend and grazier Shane Webcke.

The Broncos and Maroons legend will be spreading the good news about the land and provide some welcome chatter when he comes to the Maranoa for a string of free events in July.

Well-known for being one of Australia's greatest ever prop forwards, the media personality is also a successful sheep grazier in his own right.

Mr Webcke said he had seen programs similar to the 'Yarn with Shane Webcke' series

When asked about the 'Yarn with Shane Webcke' events, organised by the Maranoa Regional Council, he said similar programs had proven to be successful in improving community resilience in drought-affected areas.

"I know (the concept) works and it gives country people a chance to get to a social event, to have a good night out and not put their hand in their pocket," he said.

"I've done similar things in Charters Towers and it's just really low-key, not complicated and relaxing."

Having made plenty of his own mistakes on the land, Mr Webcke said it was important graziers and farmers kept their heads up even during difficult times.

"I've stuffed a few things up (but) I'm glad I made those mistakes, because I'm better equipped to make decisions," he said.

"It's one of the most exciting innovative industries around. I'm so upbeat about the future of agriculture," he said.


- Surat Shire Hall - Friday from 6.30pm

- Mitchell Shire Hall - Saturday 6.30pm

- Injune Hall - July 29 from 5.30pm

- Wallumbilla Showgrounds - July 30 from 4.30pm

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