Broker vying for national wool award

Cally Dupe and Zach RelphCountryman
Landmark South West wool agent Matt Chambers with Bridgetown sheep producer Greg Walsh.
Camera IconLandmark South West wool agent Matt Chambers with Bridgetown sheep producer Greg Walsh. Credit: Cally Dupe

A love of wool and a passion for agriculture has earned Landmark South West wool area manager Matt Chambers national recognition.

The Boyup Brook resident is one of three finalists vying for the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia wool broker award.

Working with wool growers from hobby farmers to large-scale producers, Mr Chambers services clients from Darkan to Walpole and Waroona-Pinjarra.

Mr Chambers, who also owns and manages the South West Wool Centre in Bridgetown, said he was honoured to make the final three.

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“To be selected as one of three finalists wasn’t completely expected, but it was a good outcome,” he said.

“Wool is a passion and always has been — being born and raised on a sheep farm, it’s what I know and what I enjoy doing.”

Mr Chambers is vying for the gong against Elders wool technical co-ordinator Samantha Wan, of Melbourne, and Australian Wool Network wool and sheep specialist Russell MacGugan, of Tottenham in Victoria.

The trio are scheduled to make individual presentations in support of their application at the NCWSBA annual general meeting and forum in Melbourne on August 22.

Mr Chambers will join finalists at the Wool Week dinner at Melbourne’s RACV Club, where the award winner will be announced.

Without revealing the finer details of his presentation, the former shearer, who joined Landmark in 2011, said:

“We are allocated 15 minutes and there is time for the selection panel to ask questions.

“I’ll focus on a culmination of things, but mainly safety and the knowledge I’ve gained through running the wool store and how I’ve passed that information onto clients to help them improve their own operations.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Now in its eighth year, the wool broker award recognises excellence in service to wool growers, auctioneering or innovation by an outstanding wool broker or employee, working for a NCWSBA member.

Nominees must have been in the wool-broking industry for 10 or less years.

The winner will receive a trip to the 2020 International Wool Textile Organisation congress, held in Tongxiang, in China’s Zhejiang Province in May.

For the first time, winners will also receive a suit length of fine wool fabric produced by Reda, a leading Italian wool company.

Landmark western regional wool manager Tim Edwards said the company was proud of Mr Chambers’ efforts.

“Landmark are extremely excited about Matt’s prospects as a finalist in the Wool Broker of the Year Award,” he said.

“Making the finals of this national competition is a credit to Matt’s hard work and dedication.

“He has the support of the whole Landmark network and we wish him the best of luck.”

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