alan mcfarland



Alan McFarland

Candidate for Agricultural

Alan has spent the majority of his life in the town and surrounds, yet still has expanded his horizons and has a macro understanding of Country WA. 

Alan grew up in a family retail business in Katanning.  Most of his education was in Katanning, but did the last three years at Scotch College in Perth.  He later was involved in managing supermarkets in the Perth metro area.  He has also travelled the world; spending a year in the USA, working as a labourer in the dairy industry in Switzerland and as a construction worker in France.

Having seen the sights of the world, he came back to his home town and rejoined the family business.

He has always been involved contributing to his community. Through Rural Youth, Apex, the Regional Business Association and now Rotary as community organisations as well as serving 18 years as a Councillor on the Shire of Katanning, including four as deputy president and two as President.

He has been involved in the Katanning saleyard project almost since inception and was privileged to assist the Premier Colin Barnett open it in 2014.  He has served as the WALGA representative on the WA Telecentre Advisory Board and the Bunbury-Albany Gas Pipeline committee.

He appreciates country life, local government, small business and being from one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the state, has a good understanding of multiculturalism.  He can also relate to some of the frustrations of rural life, especially in regard to health, education and policing.