Williams Woolstation opens

18 Dec, 2002 10:00 PM

VISITORS and guests received a theatrical welcome the opening of The Woolstation of Williams from its owners Lawrence and Heather Rose at last week.

The Woolstation will be home to their Shearing Shed Theatre Company and will incorporate a theatre, restaurant, shops, tourist information, art gallery, wool museum and their existing wool retail outlet run in partnership with Heather's sister Sharon Moore and her husband Peter.

The region's newest tourist attraction was officially opened by National party MLA Terry Waldron who said it was a facility that would bring great benefit to Williams.

"At a time when country towns are under great pressure tourism is a major industry well worth capturing and developing," he said.

With the Dryandra forest viewing enclosure scheduled to be opened soon, The Woolstaton contributed to a tourism package that could include Wagin's Pioneer village and the Kojonup interpretive centre in the itinerary.

Heather said The Woolstation was the culmination of five years of dreaming and planning between the four of them and with 12 team members it was already a big employer.

The opening introduced the shed's icon Stanley the Sheep and was followed by the company's first evening dinner and show.

The company will continue to run events such as the Wagin Woolorama fashion parades and will perform regularly on weekends making Sunday afternoons a welcoming day of impromptu performances.

The Woolstation will also serve as an office for their Professional Play Company, a group of facilitators who train and educate people from children to corporate organisations through interactive learning.


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