2019 Recipients

WIA congratulates the Australian Wool Industry Medal 2019 recipients.

Mr Donald R Belgre, Exporting

Australian wool buyer/exporter for almost 55 years. He has been involved with many wool industry organisations as Director and Chairman. He has made a significant influence over the fine and superfine wool industry and dedicated most of his life to the promotion and development of the superfine wool amongst the best international processors around the world.



Mr Geoff Fisken, Industry Services

Born and raised in the wool industry and actively participated in many wool industry organisations. He has served in various positions with WoolProducers Australia, AWEX, AWTA and AWET. Now retired, he dedicated most of his life to the advancement, education and governance in the wool industry.


Geoff Fisken

Mr Brian van Rooyen, Processing & Industry Services

He has made significant contributions to the Australian wool industry since the early 1990’s. He was Chairman and Director of Australian Country Spinners and Australian Wool Innovation, Director of AWTA, AWPC and Woolstock Australia. Trustee of AWET. His contributions are many both locally and internationally.


Brian van Rooyen

Mr Michael Blake, Production

As a woolgrower he has made significant advances in genetic improvement and farm operations including safety, biosecurity, environmental management of land and quality assurance schemes. He shares his knowledge and passion with the wool industry locally and internationally. He has been involved with many industry groups including Ross McKenzie Fellowship, VFF, Department of Agriculture. His achievements include 2011 Biosecurity farmer of the Year Award, 2007 Farm Safety, Victorian Workcover 2000 Award.


Michael Blake

Mr Darren Spencer, Shearing and industry Services

He has been involved in the Shearing Industry since 1982 as a shearer, contractor, grower, woolclasser, wool broker, transporter and industry leader and advocate. In his 36 years in the industry Darren has employed thousands, trained hundreds more, been a leader for change and improvement in occupational health and safety and freely given his experience and time to assist others and improve the shearing industry that he is so passionate about for all involved. In addition to his role as President of WASIA Darren also represents the WA Shearing Industry on many industry working groups and organisations.


Darren Spencer


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