Grow­ers vote to re­duce AWI levy to 1.5 per cent

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIAN Wool In­no­va­tion has “heard the mes­sage” of wool grow­ers, ac­cord­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art McCul­lough.

Mr McCul­lough was speak­ing af­ter wool grow­ers voted to re­duce the levy they pay AWI for re­search and mar­ket­ing to 1.5 per cent for the first time.

“We re­alise we need to be a bit more pru­dent, ef­fi­cient, lean and trans­par­ent and we will do our best to keep all the pro­grams run­ning,” he said.

The WoolPoll re­sult was de­ter­mined by a count of pref­er­ences of the 13,506 votes re­ceived. Fol­low­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of three rounds of pref­er­ences, 52.82 per cent voted in favour of a 1.5 per cent wool levy. Be­fore pref­er­ences were al­lo­cated 44.77 per cent of vot­ers had se­lected 1.5 per cent as their pre­ferred op­tion, while 43.51 per cent had se­lected 2 per cent.

Mr McCul­lough said they put the de­ci­sion of grow­ers to vote for the re­duced levy down to a few things, in­clud­ing “our re­serves are quite de­cent, the drought and tough times and the prox­im­ity of the 1.5 and 2 per cent levy”.

“We know we have to con­sult with wool grow­ers a bit bet­ter … we’ve al­ready had an in­dus­try meet­ing and we will work hard and make sure we com­mu­ni­cate to their sat­is­fac­tion, we will lis­ten a bit bet­ter as well.”

WOOL POLL: AWI chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art McCul­lough said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was lis­ten­ing to pro­duc­ers.

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