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Beyond the Bale : September 2018
4 WoolPoll is your opportunity to directly influence how much funding AWI will receive for the next three years to deliver R&D and marketing services for the Australian wool industry. If you have paid $100 or more in wool levies over the past three financial years, you are eligible to vote in WoolPoll. Your voting entitlement is determined from records of your wool sales. If you are eligible to vote, you will have been notified of your voting entitlement in August. Every three years AWI is required to conduct a poll asking woolgrowers to determine what percentage of their wool income they would like to invest in research, development (R&D) and marketing undertaken by AWI. Your Ballot Paper will be sent to you in September. You can vote online, by mail or via fax – as per the instructions that will be sent with the Ballot Paper. For any questions about the voting process, call the voter assistance line on 1800 990 365. Voting opens on 17 September 2018. The poll closes at 5pm (AEDT) on 2 November 2018. WILL YOU VOTE THIS WOOLPOLL? The 2018 WoolPoll levy rate options have been announced; voting opens on 17 September; and AWI recommends growers choose to maintain the 2% levy. IT’S YOUR CHOICE In the coming weeks, you’ll receive your Voter Information Kit, which includes your ballot papers to vote in this year’s WoolPoll. Whether wool is the primary focus of your business, part of your mixed enterprise, or just a hobby on the side, your vote counts. Don’t leave it to others to decide what investment – if any – is made in future R&D and marketing for our industry. YOUR LEVY RATE OPTIONS The WoolPoll Regulations require AWI to propose 3 to 5 levy rates for you to vote on, including a zero option if you think investment in R&D and marketing for the industry isn’t necessary. WoolPoll 2018 asks you to consider five levy rate options: 4 UPFRONT MESSAGE FROM THE WOOLPOLL PANEL CHAIR TO WOOLGROWERS I’m privileged to be your Panel Chair for WoolPoll 2018 and lead such a diverse Panel representing woolgrowers from all regions across Australia. We the Panel have worked closely with AWI to ensure that the Voter Information Memorandum provides you with the information you need when deciding how to place your vote. I encourage you to take the time to sit down as a family or a business unit and discuss the future you want for your business and your industry. This is such a critical vote for the industry, and an opportunity we get every 3 years that other industries don’t – IT’S YOUR WOOL, IT’S YOUR LEVY, IT’S YOUR VOTE! Sydney Lawrie Chair, 2018 WoolPoll Panel WoolPoll Panel Chair Sydney Lawrie. 3% 1.5% 2.5% 0%
In the Shops - September 2018