A bumper turnout of about 40 shearers and contractors gathered in East Perth on Saturday for the WA Shearing Industry Association’s annual meeting.
The annual event gives the industry a chance to catch up on industry issues, kicking off with WASIA president Darren Spencer’s opening address.
Mr Spencer used his presentation to highlight the group’s achievements, including launching its Safe Sheds program and shearing hubs across WA.
A highlight of the day was a surprise presentation of the Australian Wool Industry Medal after the annual presentation dinner in Melbourne was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Well known shearer Kevin Gellatly was presented with the accolade for his 50-year career in the shearing industry.
Mr Spencer said the award was “well deserved” for an outstanding career and Mr Gellatly’s devotion to training learner shearers was “second to none”.