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Wagin Business lends a hand

Spurry's Transport Company continues to support the Woolorama

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Diana Blacklock, Media
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Spurry’s Transport makes sure the Woolorama gets its general carting transport needs meet before, during and after the 2-day show.

Peter Spurr brings in the telehandlers from Bunbury every year to ensure all the work of moving things around can be done as easily and efficiently as possible.  His also uses his own equipment throughout the year to maintain the rodeo grounds with committee member Arthur Pederick

He believes the Rodeo has revitalised and ensures Woolorama continues to be a 2-day show, subsequently he is a staunch supporter and gives $1500 cash sponsorship each year. He said all Agricultural shows had a Rodeo once, even Woolorama in the early 70’s and when he was a committee member it was reintroduced back in the early 2000.

During the show he is involved with the local Wagin Action Group who oversee the gates, taking up to 60 volunteers over the duration of the show, sometimes this would result in recruiting family and friends to ensure all gates are covered. In previous years this was always rotated between all the local sporting and service clubs, meaning all community members and Service clubs work together to make the Woolorama happen!

What he contributes in time and resources makes him happy and great self-satisfaction to see it all come together and work.  He started his involvement from an early age, his grandmother was a stalwart to the historical village and his interest is all things vintage remains strong, therefore sees the historical society as a significant part of the Woolorama.  “People love to see old moving parts” he said there is a big interest in the demonstrations of how farming has become mechanised over time.  In the 80’s there would be a grand parade of Vintage Tractors several times a day however due to additional infrastructure at the village this is no longer possible.

He would love to have more involvement, however due to his expanding business he no longer has the time to do more.  He went into business with Geoff Abbott back in 1992 and in 96/97 he ventured out on his own with 1 truck carting Livestock, Wool, Grain & Fertiliser.  Today he has a fleet of 8 trucks, 7 drivers and a lot of trailers.  With the introduction of container cartage for Uni-grain, the largest Oat Mill in Australia he loads and carts over 200 tonnes of finished product per day to the wharf!  This now makes up more than 50% of his business and is set to expand further with the export tariff to China being scrapped next year.

Peter still runs the bulk cartage side of his business, and in 2010 he purchased a telehandler with wool clamps to load wool making his job less physical but still requiring the knowledge and skill to calculate weight distribution and optimal safety.  Currently he is setting up a new depot that will be user friendly in his exciting expansion to meet the growing & future needs of Unigrain.

Thanks to Wagin business support like this the Woolorama is what it is today, it’s a testament to the community spirit that makes it a great place to live and work


Local Hero - Paul Powell

LOCAL HERO’s of WOOLORAMA – 42yrs of Volunteering

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Paul Powell - Ground Controller

Paul’s involvement with the Wagin Woolorama began in 1976 where he worked on the entrance gates until `79. In 1980 he moved to the Merino Section when it was booming and being a sheep enthusiast, he enjoyed the bustling, busy atmosphere of the Merino Sheds

After joining the Wagin Rotary Club in 1986 he became involved in the Trade Fair section of Woolorama in 1989. The running of the Trade Fair had become a major project for the Wagin Rotary Club under the guidance of the Late Hugh Brockway, (a charter member of the Wagin Rotary Club 1958). Rotarian Ian Pederick became the Ground Controller in 1987 and continued in that role for 30 years (no mean feat), and last year Paul took on this key role and looks forward to the challenge.

Paul says it’s a very satisfying being involved in such a great community event as the Woolorama, to see Woolorama grow over the years to what it has become today is a great testament to so many willing volunteers over the years. He participated in this interview reluctantly as there are so many other generous people doing so much, and should be given much deserved acknowledgement too.

He reckons the real work of getting geared up for Woolorama starts on the long weekend prior to the event with the marking out of the oval, the Home and Lifestyle building and surrounding areas. In previous years (some time ago) the marking out of the oval was all done on foot with long measuring tapes and enough sighting pegs to fill up the farm ute. The white marking paint was applied by means of a sprayer mounted on a 4x wheel motor bike.  It was always a long leg weary day, made worse if it was hot, it could be very humid on the oval.  Today, with the advent of GPS and auto steer, the measure and mark out of the oval is done in a matter of hours using a tractor and a 3pl mounted sprayer. They still use a 4x wheel m/c for more restricted areas & for more fun.

The Thursday afternoon and up until midday Friday of the Woolorama is when the real pressure starts, making sure all exhibitors are settled in and happy with their site.

Once everyone has had a good show and by Sunday afternoon with the help of myriads of volunteers who just seem to appear out of nowhere, amazingly you would think nothing had happened over the previous 2 days.

Paul loves being involved in Woolorama it gives him the opportunity to be part of a great community. To give something constructive back, working with friends and always making new ones. Woolorama is a tremendously important event. It gives many people from far and wide the opportunity to exhibit their business and to express their given talents. Woolorama pulls and holds the community together. He feels this is especially important for our younger generation. They are our future, and hopefully through Woolorama they will become the volunteers of the future.

 


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