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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
WOOLPOLL KEY FACTS • WoolPoll is woolgrowers’ opportunity to have a say on the Australian wool industry’s collective investment in research, development and marketing. • An 11-member independent WoolPoll Panel has been formed to oversee the conduct of the poll. • WoolPoll and the independent review of AWI's performance are touchstones that drive and demonstrate AWI’s accountability to woolgrowers. As we move into 2018, we enter a WoolPoll year, a cornerstone of Australia’s wool industry. It is that time when AWI asks woolgrowers what percentage of their wool income they would like to invest in research, development and marketing (RD&M) for their industry. The levy rate that receives the highest number of votes will be paid by all woolgrowers for the next three years (2019-2022). In delivering WoolPoll, AWI’s focus is to: 1. meet the statutory requirements for conducting WoolPoll, as outlined in the Federal government regulations; and 2. maximise the number of levy payers who vote, ensuring a result that is representative of industry views. 2018 PLANNING UNDER WAY WoolPoll Panel Chair Sydney Lawrie, with his children Rafael and Xavier. WHAT IS WOOLPOLL? WoolPoll is a poll of eligible wool levy payers, conducted every three years, to determine the levy rate paid to AWI for industry research, development and marketing. Currently the levy rate is 2% (of the sale price woolgrowers receive for their shorn greasy wool). At WoolPoll, eligible woolgrowers are asked to consider five levy rate options. It gives woolgrowers a say in the future of their industry by voting for the levy rate to apply for the next three years (2019/20 – 2021/22). For each $100 of levy paid over the past three years, eligible woolgrowers are entitled to one vote. WHEN IS WOOLPOLL? September: Eligible levy payers will receive their voting papers, a Voter Information Kit (containing details about how AWI proposes to invest the levy funds at each of the five levy rate options and AWI’s recommendation) and a summary of the independent review of AWI’s performance (2015-18). 17 September: Voting opens. Voting will be by mail, fax or online. 2 November: Voting closes. 23 November: The WoolPoll result will be announced at AWI’s Annual General Meeting. The levy rate takes effect from 1 July 2019. MORE INFORMATION Emma Gittoes, AWI Corporate Affairs Manager firstname.lastname@example.org ABOUT WOOLPOLL 2018 WOOLPOLL PANEL MEMBERS Sydney Lawrie (SA), Panel Chair 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, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Jock Laurie, AWI Board member 4 UPFRONT
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