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New shearing program a pathway to future

Brewarrina Mayor Vivian Slack Smith and Shire Council General Manager David Kirby with Bronc riding Scott Johnston (centre) who will assist with the program. Photo TWH

A program to train young shearers has been backed by the Brewarrina Council, with an inaugural Team Shear competition planned for next Easter.

General Manager of Brewarrina Shire Council, David Kirby, said Council had been approached by the Regional Enterprise Development Institute (REDI.E) to support the training program for young people across the region.

“The competition will be held at Goodooga as an annual event encompassing all aspects of the shearing industry, from wool clipping to roustabouting and wool classing at a competitive level,” Mr Kirby said.

“It is a bit different to the Quickshears competition in that it involves all areas of the industry.

“From a regional standpoint it offers the opportunity for the youth of our area to move into state, national and international competition.

“The purpose of having the REDI program is to create a greater footprint and awareness around the wool industry and open a pathway for young people, and the older generation, who want to learn the skills and get into the industry.

“REDI.E is looking at working with Brewarrina Shire Council and landholders across the Bre Shire and opening up those pathways and we will work closely with them to make sure the competition next Easter gets off to a flying start. […]

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