Traditional Owners in South-West Queensland seek to revive the wool industry in the region with their first clip this weekend.
Kooma Traditional Owners, near Queensland’s Cunnamulla, are among a few First Nations groups taking advantage of a seasonal change following drought.
The drought saw a massive drop in sheep population and with significant rainfall over the last four months, the value of Kooma’s sheep have more than doubled.
Kooma man Wayne Wharton says, with a capacity to hold up to 10,000 the venture will be a real economic start for his mob while also training and employing young Kooma people.
The Merino wool from the group’s first cut has already been sold and Mr Wharton hopes the weekend’s figures will act as proof to attract support from investors.