Sophie Allen’s career as a Melbourne event designer came to an abrupt end last year when COVID-19 restrictions temporarily shut down the events industry.
- Australia is in the midst of a shearing shortage
- It comes as wool prices recover from a slump last year
- Domestic Chinese demand is driving the rebound
With no work on the horizon, she was told by her employer the pandemic restrictions would mean she would be “long-term stood down”.
Those same restrictions inadvertently opened the door to a new career — one in regional Victoria.
When international borders shut, Australia’s wool industry quickly found itself in the grips of a shearer shortage.
“My boyfriend is a shearer and he said…