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Beyond the Bale : June 2019
GETTING ON WITH BUSINESS We are continuing with initiatives to help increase the demand for wool through investments in marketing and R&D – from farm to fashion. Stuart McCullough Chief Executive Officer Australian Wool Innovation UPFRONT 3 BLOWFLY INSECTICIDE RESISTANCE Some Australian sheep producers have reported shorter protection periods than claimed on the label of the flystrike products they have used. On investigation, some of these cases are the result of improper application or heavy rain following insecticide application, however in a number of cases the presence of resistance has been confirmed. This is a timely reminder for sheep producers to implement resistance management strategies to maintain flystrike protection for their flocks and slow the development of resistance within their local fly populations. AWI’s Sheep Blowfly Resistance Management Strategy Working Group members have developed an eight-step strategy for sheep producers to follow to slow the development of resistance. I urge you to take a look on pages 40-41. REGISTER NOW FOR WOOLQ The final piece of WoolQ functionality, WoolQ Market will be released very soon, completing the suite of tools on the platform. The WoolQ Market will be a centralised, online marketplace for Australian wool. The two-tiered platform will provide both a bulletin board of buying and selling interest accessible on a 24/7 basis as well as an efficient and easy to use online auction. WoolQ Market will serve as a complement to the current Open Cry auction markets. To use WoolQ’s current functionality and to ensure you are kept informed of developments, ensure you register at www.woolq.com. MERINO AT BOSTON MARATHON The performance benefits of Merino wool were once again highlighted at this year’s Boston Marathon – the most prestigious marathon in the world – thanks to the three- way partnership between global sportswear giant adidas, the Boston Athletic Association and AWI’s marketing arm The Woolmark Company. The campaign involved the retail and launch of an adidas Merino T-shirt that was presented to leading and influential runners and was available to purchase by other runners and consumers. It is this type of promotion with high profile brands such as adidas that is helping build the demand for Australian wool. AWI THREE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN Our Strategic Plan for the next three financial years, 2019/20 to 2021/22 will be available at the end of this month on the AWI website. We have consulted widely with woolgrowers and their representatives to ensure that industry views are incorporated into the plan – and we will continue to ensure that woolgrower levies are directed to projects that deliver the greatest value to woolgrowers. BECOME AN AWI SHAREHOLDER AWI shareholders are able to shape the decision-making process of the company, via their right to vote at the company’s Annual General Meetings. If you are an eligible wool levy payer who is not an AWI shareholder, I encourage you to apply to become one (which is free) and join the nearly 22,000 woolgrowers who have already chosen to be a shareholder. If you have paid at least $100 in wool levies in the past three years, you are eligible to apply – simply complete the shareholder application form (available at www.wool.com/ shareholders) and return it to the AWI share registry at Link Market Services. The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for AWI is scheduled for Friday 22 November in Sydney. This year is a director election year. There will be three directors due to retire by rotation in 2019 and they are eligible to put themselves forward for re-election. They, along with other candidates who meet the requirements for nomination, will be the persons able to be elected at the 2019 AGM. There will most likely be three positions as directors available to be filled. NOMINATION PROCESS Persons other than retiring directors who are interested in putting themselves forward AWI DIRECTOR ELECTIONS AT 2019 AGM as candidates for election must have their candidacy supported by a written nomination signed by more than 99 eligible shareholders. An eligible shareholder is an AWI shareholder with an entitlement to vote at an AWI general meeting. This means that those levy payers who are not AWI shareholders cannot be one of the 99 or more supporting signatures. Other formalities under AWI’s Constitution are that the candidate must consent to the nomination in writing; and the nomination and consent must be received by the Company not less than 60 days nor more than 78 days before the meeting date. The nomination form and consent form will be available for download at www.wool.com/agm2019 shortly. BOARD NOMINATION COMMITTEE In addition, AWI has a Board Nomination Committee (BNC) that considers all candidates and provides a report to shareholders on the candidates which it considers would be the most suitable for re-election or election. All candidates will be invited to have a meeting with the BNC and these meetings will be held around the end of September 2019. MORE INFORMATION AWI has a policy to assist candidates with meeting the nomination requirements. Interested persons should contact the AWI Company Secretary, Jim Story, on (02) 8295 3102 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.