Guyra Central School at Wool Handling and Shearing by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland

LEARNING THE ROPES: Guyra Central School student Stephanie Cameron throwing a fleece during the workshop in Glen Innes last Wednesday, October 11. It was organised by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland.

LEARNING THE ROPES: Guyra Central School student Stephanie Cameron throwing a fleece during the workshop in Glen Innes last Wednesday, October 11. It was organised by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland.

The next generation of shearers is coming through the ranks of the industry, thanks to a practical workshop at the Glen Innes Agricultural Research Station last week. Six keen shearers from Guyra Central School attended a Wool Handling and Shearing course organised by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland.

RDANI chair Russell Stewart said the Wool Works Shearing School trial was a great opportunity to showcase this exciting industry to the region’s up and coming workforce.

SHEARING WORKSHOP: Guyra Central School students and those involved in the Wool Works Shearing School trial at Glen Innes.

SHEARING WORKSHOP: Guyra Central School students and those involved in the Wool Works Shearing School trial at Glen Innes.

“Keeping quality young people in the bush, providing them with opportunities to learn and work where they live should be top priorities for all communities across the region,” he said.

Guyra Central School agriculture teacher Scott Miller said that Wool Works was an important experience for his students, like Year 9 agriculture student Steph Cameron.

“This shearing school is a really great idea for kids who want to have a career in shearing, wool handling or anything like that,” she said. “My Dad’s a shearer and I roustabout with him. Yet, I learned a lot.”