SHOWGIRL READY: Miss Showgirl Rockhampton Zhanae Conway-Dodd is hoping to bring the issues farmers are facing to the attention of the younger generation.
SHOWGIRL READY: Miss Showgirl Rockhampton Zhanae Conway-Dodd is hoping to bring the issues farmers are facing to the attention of the younger generation. Chris Ison

Miss Showgirl vows to focus on rural issues

FROM the age of six, Zhanae Conway-Dodd's favourite thing to do was to watch the bull riding at the Great Western Hotel every Friday night.

And with a love for horses, bull riding and everything about the rural lifestyle, it's no wonder the local teen has been named Miss Showgirl Rockhampton 2015.

The former Cathedral College student was awarded the position last month after showing a dedication to the community and the agricultural industry.

Zhanae, 18, said she was excited to be Miss Showgirl and represent Rockhampton.

"This position comes with a lot of opportunities to be involved in the community, including promoting the local show and other events," she said.

"I have a lot of friends who live on properties around town and I know the struggles facing farmers at the moment so I'm really passionate about informing people of those issues and finding ways I can help them out.

"I think it's also important to address the issues in the rural industry with the younger generation who may not be aware of those issues and bring it to their attention because we are the ones who are going to be the next generation of farmers.

"I'm really passionate about the agricultural side of Central Queensland because we are the Beef Capital and we should be really proud of that title so I'm really looking forward to being the spokesperson for CQ."