Three past WoolTag recipients flew out to New Zealand recently as part of an AWI, Heiniger and Prime Super sponsored trip. Pictured are Dale Murphy, Heiniger; shearer Brandon Waters; Glenn Haynes, TafeSA, woolhandler Laura Erickson, shearer Dane Fredrickson and Chris Pole, Prime Super. Absent: Jim Murray, AWI.
Past WoolTAG recipient Tom Brewer, Naracoorte, starred at the recent world shearing championships at Invercargill, New Zealand, placing fifth in the final of the intermediate section. Tom completed his TafeSA Certificate II in shearing in 2014 – receiving $500 of shearing equipment to help him enter the workforce, thanks to the WoolTAG initiative. He completed his Certificate III in shearing in 2015.
Other recent WoolTAG recipients include shearers Brandon Waters, Warramboo, and Dane Frederickson, Tumby Bay, and woolhandler Laura Erickson, via Tailem Bend. They also flew to NZ in February as part of a sponsorship through Australian Wool Innovation, Heiniger, and Prime Super for them to compete in The Golden Shears at Masterton, and train alongside NZ shearers and woolhandlers.
WoolTAG stands for the Wool Training Advisory Group, launched in 2003. It comprises members from all sections of the wool industry who generously give their time to advance the wool harvesting industry. WoolTAG recognises the importance of the wool industry to the South Australian agricultural industry.
The group believes it is important to encourage new entrants into what is a rewarding career path. It provides assistance to graduated shearers and woolhandlers to buy tools that will help them to start their career and remain in the industry. At the 2016 Royal Adelaide Show, 20 young shearers and 20 wool handlers who had recently received their Certificate II at TafeSA were gifted a $500 toolbox voucher for shearers and $200 for wool handlers.