WoolProducers Australia has welcomed the announcement of the 2018 WoolPoll Panel.
WoolProducers President, Richard Halliday said ‘The 2018 WoolPoll Panel is comprised of individuals who have a diverse skill set who will ably represent wool growers in this important industry event.’
WoolPoll is the triennial vote by registered shareholders of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to determine the levy percentage that they want to go towards industry research, development and marketing.
‘The Panel plays a critical role in ensuring that wool growers views are represented during this process.’ Mr Halliday said.
The Panel is charged with working with AWI and endorsing the voting documentation and processes, and was chosen by an independent selection committee.
WoolProducers have had concerns over the independence of previous WoolPolls, and welcomed the establishment of a selection committee this year, of which Mr Halliday was part of, along with Joann Wilkie from the Australian Government, Jock Laurie (AWI Director) and WoolPoll Chair, Sydney Lawrie.
‘It is imperative that the 2018 WoolPoll is transparent, independent and provides wool growers with an opportunity to vote for an appropriate percentage option.’
‘The convening of an independent selection committee is a good first step in ensuring the integrity of this process.’ Mr Halliday said.
The 2018 WoolPoll Panel members are:
Sydney Lawrie, Panel Chair (SA)
Kristen Frost (NSW)
John Hassell (WA)
Ed Storey (NSW)
Candice Roberts (QLD)
Steve Harrison (VIC)
Rob Ingram (NSW)
Brenton Lush (SA)
Richard Keniry (NSW)
Joann Wilkie, Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Jock Laurie, AWI Board