Former Grafton man, Ed Evans, with his invention, The Swing Gate, on the ABC’s New Inventors program.
Former Grafton man, Ed Evans, with his invention, The Swing Gate, on the ABC’s New Inventors program. Jeremy Yao – courtesy ABC TV

Gate corrals honour

A FORMER Grafton man has been awarded Inventor of the Week on the ABC program, the New Inventors.

Now living near Inverell, Edward “Ed” Evans moved from Old Glen Innes Rd, near Grafton, recently. His swing gate won Wednesday night's episode. The metal gate has a central pivot point designed as a safety measure in cattle yards.

Mr Evans said the gate's central pivot point design, allowed it to fold in half and swing safely away from anyone standing behind it if it was hit with force by a charging animal like a bull, instead of bashing into the person like a normal gate would and potentially causing serious injury in the process.

This problem is something Mr Evans is all-too-familiar with.

“I had a cow charge a gate and break my leg, so after inventing an aluminium leg (walking stick) so I could keep working, I set my sights on making sure if wouldn't happen again,” Mr Evans said.

“A friend lost all his teeth just last Sunday – knocked out on a gate – so it's something that's happening every day.”

Since coming up with the design several years ago, Mr Evans has taken out awards at various agricultural industry shows and has also been nominated in the Workcover Safe Work Awards.

On Wednesday night, his invention drew high praise from the New Inventors judges, particularly regular panellist Chris Russell, an agricultural scientist.

“This is a real example of necessity being the mother of invention. This is absolutely a must-have in my view for all backing-gates in yards,” Mr Russell said.

Mr Evans yesterday told the Examiner he was humbled by the award and said he hoped his creation would make cattle yards safer.



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