Have your say on im­por­tant ques­tions of live­stock

Countryman - - WOOL -

There are two very im­por­tant an­nual gen­eral meet­ings com­ing up later this month, which WAFarm­ers urges live­stock pro­duc­ers to have their say on.

The AWI board elec­tion and an­nual meet­ing is on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17.

Five can­di­dates will con­test three va­cant po­si­tions on the AWI board, with three in­cum­bent di­rec­tors stand­ing for re-elec­tion: Co­lette Garnsey, Paul Cocking and James Mor­gan.

Don MacDon­ald and Will Wil­son will also nom­i­nate for the po­si­tions.

De­spite there be­ing no WA can­di­dates, the WAFarm­ers Live­stock Coun­cil en­cour­ages wool grow­ers to con­sider cast­ing their vote for Don MacDon­ald or Paul Cocking, or di­rect­ing their prox­ies to Don MacDon­ald.

The AWI vot­ing bal­lot is not a sim­ple for-or-against sys­tem, and grow­ers will be asked to vote on whether to change the num­ber of board di­rec­tors.

You can vote for the can­di­date you want, vote against those you do not want, or you can ab­stain from vot­ing for a can­di­date en­tirely.

Ad­di­tion­ally, be­cause of the un­cer­tainty of the size of the board, share­hold­ers will be asked to vote twice for the same nom­i­nees.

WAFarm­ers strongly ad­vises against ab­stain­ing from vot­ing be­cause it is your only chance to in­flu­ence the di­rec­tion of AWI into the fu­ture.

Re­gard­ing proxy votes, the AWI con­sti­tu­tion does not re­quire a proxy to fol­low the share­holder’s vot­ing in­struc­tions, so vot­ers are en­cour­aged to sub­mit their own votes wher­ever pos­si­ble rather than use prox­ies.

If share­hold­ers have al­ready sent in a nom­i­na­tion — ei­ther on­line or by post — and wish to change their vote, they can do this by vot­ing again on­line which will over­ride any pre­vi­ous votes they have sub­mit­ted.

Grow­ers are im­plored not to be com­pla­cent and to get their votes in by the Novem­ber 15 dead­line.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Steve McGuire, WAFarm­ers live­stock sec­tion vice-pres­i­dent, on 0428 336 232; Max Watts, WAFarm­ers live­stock sec­tion ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber on 0428 841 069; or Kim Hay­wood, WAFarm­ers live­stock ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, on 0475 944 319.

The other meet­ing of note is the MLA an­nual meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 22. The 2017 MLA Red Meat In­dus­try Fo­rum and an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will take place in Alice Springs

All live­stock pro­duc­ers are en­cour­aged to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the can­di­dates and make an in­formed de­ci­sion based on their judg­ments.

Votes can be sub­mit­ted in mul­ti­ple ways:

Through the MLA web­site. Us­ing the pa­per­work sup­plied as part of the AGM pack which was sent to mem­bers in Oc­to­ber; or.

By sub­mit­ting a proxy vote. Should mem­bers be un­able to at­tend the an­nual meet­ing or sub­mit their vote on­line or use the levies pack pa­per­work, they are en­cour­aged to send their proxy votes (with vot­ing in­struc­tions) to WAFarm­ers live­stock sec­tion pres­i­dent David Slade, who will at­tend the event in Alice Springs.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to vote by proxy, fol­low the in­struc­tions on the vot­ing en­ti­tle­ment and proxy form that was in­cluded in the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing pack.

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