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.
“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.”