A SOUTHERN Cross farming family has found a way to hold on to their shearing team for next year¹s wool clipping season: they¹ve rebuilt a homestead to house the workers.
Facing the loss of their shearing contractor, Merino stud breeders Peter, Ben and John Panizza made an infrastructure investment which ended up benefiting the wider community.
For years the Panizza family used a shearing contractor from Esperance for their two-week shearing stint and they were more than happy with the job the team was doing.
According to Peter Panizza, their contractor had plenty of work around the Esperance area and given the distance to Southern Cross, it would have been easier for them not to decide not to make the annual trek.
³It got to the stage where they didn¹t really need to come here,² Mr Panizza said.
³But we really didn¹t want to lose our contractor and try and find another one.²
The Panizzas used the old homestead on the property, part of which was in poor condition.
The kitchen and one of the bedrooms was salvaged and the rest was flattened to make way for the new facilities.
Mr Panizza said they went on the build six single rooms and four double rooms, each with air conditioning.
The investment paid off and the contractors not only work for Panizzas, but stay for a month to shear at other farms in the area.