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.

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


Shear technology on display

A dynamic component of the Shear Outback exhibition is the Shear Technology section.

It showcases shearing technology and innovation dating back to the 1800s and includes a late 1800 Ferrier wool press, early Wolseley shearing handpieces and stands and a replica of the Shear Magic robot.

The section also has a focus on contemporary wool harvesting technology with a dedicated space in the Murray Downs woolshed for an interactive display and testing of new technologies.

Shear Outback will provide shearers and woolgrowers with an important educational facility through which they can witness and participate in the development of new technology and occupation, health and safety ‘best shed’ practice demonstrations  and techniques.

 How much to get in?

Shear Outback will be open for business from Sunday, January 27 following the official launch the previous evening.

Operating hours will be from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.

Cost of entry: Adults $15, concession $10, children $8 (under five years free) and family of four $35.

Special entry prices are available for groups of 20 or more.

 What’s On?

Shuttle buses to the Shear Outback site will start running at 6pm on Saturday.

All visitors are encouraged to use the buses as there will be no parking available on site. Some off-site parking will be available.

Gates open at 6.30pm and visitors are reminded to use the Sturt Highway entrance.

Food and beverages will be for sale throughout the evening from 6.30pm.

The Australia Day skydivers and awards will take place at 7.30pm, followed by the official opening at 8pm by Member for Riverina Kay Hill and former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer.

At 8.30pm entertainment starts with a Shear Symphony performance which is expected to last for an hour.

Shuttle buses will recommence at 9.30pm.

Visitors are encouraged to take a blanket or picnic rung to sit on for the performance and a torch to find their way back to the bus.



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Extracts reproduced with permission from The Riverine Grazier