Indigenous shear camp for Wellstead
Up to 10 aspiring indigenous shearers will be brought to Wellstead to learn the trade in a State Government initiative.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan made the announcement on Monday after the success of a pilot program in the Mid West last month.
The aspiring shearers from the Great Southern will participate in a shearing and wool-handling camp at a Wellstead farm starting on April 20.
The camp will be run by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development with Australian Wool Innovation, the WA Shearing Industry Association and local businesses.
Accredited AWI trainers Kevin Gellatly, Amanda Davis and Todd Wegner will work with local shearing contractor Mick Thomas and indigenous mentor Barry Ugle to deliver the program.
“It will make another strong contribution to realising the McGowan Government’s vision of permanent Aboriginal-focused shearing training hubs in regional WA,” Ms MacTiernan said.
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