Shearers’ charity event under threat as venue aims to fleece them for 75pc of proceeds

Posted August 21, 2018 13:28:43

A National Trust committee organising a charity blade-shearing event backed by the South Australian Government is under fire for planning to keep 75 per cent of the proceeds.

The event, Blades of Glencoe, scheduled for March 2019, is to raise money for suicide prevention services including Lifeline and local mental health networks in South Australia’s south-east.

But shearers involved have threatened to boycott or move the event after they found out that the organising committee, which manages the event’s venue, the historic Glencoe Woolshed, intended to keep the majority of the funds.

National Trust committee member Laurie Dacy told the ABC he believed the original agreement was to split the proceeds evenly between the committee and mental health services.

“It was to be 50-50,” he said.

“We negotiated an agreement with a lot of parties in the mental health area on the shearers’ behalf.

“They asked us to launch a day in which we raise money for mental health and suicide prevention.”

Mr Dacy said he did not support his committee keeping the higher percentage of funds, an arrangement he claimed was made at a committee meeting he was absent from in May.