Shear Outback was officially opened on Australia Day, Saturday 26th January, 2002.

The official opening was carried out by Kay Hull, the Federal Member for Riverina.

There were an estimated 3,000 people in attendance for the opening ceremony.

An easy-to-read transcript of this article appears below the picture.


The above page has been reproduced with permission from The Riverine Grazier, Hay, N.S.W.



Prime Minister John Howard spent a day in Hay and district in late 1999. It rained. One of his official functions was to turn the first sod on the Shear Outback site which was very appropriate as the fund for the project had come from the Centenary of Federation Fund under the auspices of his government. Unfortunately Mr Howard was unable to attend the Shear Outback opening.

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Much of the internal road and pathways have been contracted to the Hay Shire or private contractors. Hay Shire plant and Murray’s Tanker are shown in the process of building the parking area.


All earthworks of the site was carried out by local contractors who donated their time and part of their machinery costs.

 They constructed the levee bank with dirt taken from the dam site, and in this picture are sloping the arena area prior to planting.

The drainage from all buildings and the site have been designed to run to the dam for recycling to the garden areas.


Most Riverina Station gardens have a palm tree or two, and Shear Outback is no exception. This palm on the edge of the gardens, came from Deniliquin.


Hay Department of Public Works and Services have had a major administrative and supervisory role in the construction process of Shear Outback. Their early role was as Project managers and later as Construction managers during the building phase. John Cresswell (left) came out of retirement to be the Site Supervisor and Neil Evans (right) managed the operation.



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Extracts reproduced with permission from The Riverine Grazier