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Beyond the Bale : June 2013
23 off-fArm it’s a long way from Coleambally in the Riverina of New South Wales to New York, Paris, London or Milan. But that’s where some wool produced by Lee Rowan’s Coleambally property ‘Neyliona’ could end up. ‘Neyliona’ was one of 50 wool-growing properties from across the country which contributed fine Merino wool to be used in the new QANTAS uniforms. Mr Rowan’s family has been in the wool industry for generations, and he himself for about 20 years. “We found out that ‘Neyliona’s’ wool had been purchased through our wool broker Fox & Lillie Rural,” Mr Rowan said. “It was ewe wool at 19 micron and it made up three bales of fleece which was used for the QANTAS uniforms.” This is not the first time Mr Rowan has found out where his fleece has ended up once it leaves his farm gate, but said having an icon such as QANTAS being affiliated with Australian wool promotes the wool industry in general. “It certainly puts wool on the map and on an international scale showcases what Australian woolgrowers are capable of producing. It shows that wool certainly has come a long way. “The new uniforms show how wool can be used for any climate, whether it’s hot or cold, and shows how stylish the fibre can be. And so many woollen garments are now machine washable as well as dry cleanable, which show the versatility of such a fibre. “It also helps that they use our home- grown supermodel Miranda Kerr to model the uniforms.” June 2013 BEyond thE BalE The Gunnedah-born supermodel stepped out on the runway at the launch, leading QANTAS crew modelling the new-look uniforms in front of room full of industry members curious to see the fresh attire. Even before these new uniforms officially take off, this cabin couture has been passed by the critics with flying colours. Gunnedah-born supermodel miranda Kerr with designer martin Grant at the launch of the new QAntAs uniforms in April. PHoto: Don Arnold/WireImage Woolgrower Lee rowan contributed three bales of 19 micron wool to be used in the Woolmark-certified QAntAs uniforms. PHoto: carol Huggins Fine wool for ms cabin couture