The reintroduction of the wool classing course by TasTAFE will have significant benefits for the Tasmanian Wool Industry.

The Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson, said today a large part of the outstanding reputation which Tasmania’s wool industry enjoys is because of the high quality of the preparation.

“Our wool industry generates $70-80 million at the farm gate. It is therefore a very important industry for our state and certainly for the electorate of Lyons.

“It was completely unacceptable that there hasn’t been a training facility in the state of Tasmania able to train professional wool classers.

“Due to the co-operative effort of TAFE (and I acknowledge the work of Bronwyn Hannon), the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), and Industry, the course can be reintroduced. I congratulate Evelyn Archer for being appointed to the role of wool-classing instructor.

“Particularly important is the support of Roberts Ltd in providing a venue for the practical component of the wool classing course at the Roberts Wool Centre at Western Junction.

“I am confident that the Tasmanian Wool Industry will soon reap the rewards of this initiative,” Mr Hutchinson said.
Eric Hutchinson, Federal Member for Lyons