Pro­duc­ers’ body gets new boss

Countryman - - WOOL - Bob Gar­nant

WoolPro­duc­ers Aus­tralia an­nounced Ed Storey was nom­i­nated pres­i­dent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, with Steve Har­ri­son tak­ing up the se­nior vice-pres­i­dent po­si­tion.

Mr Storey is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion wool­grower on his fam­ily’s prop­erty at Yass in New South Wales.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows WoolPro­duc­ers’ an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, held in Syd­ney last week, where im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent Richard Hal­l­i­day stood down af­ter com­plet­ing his max­i­mum fouryear term.

Mr Storey thanked Mr Hal­l­i­day for his ser­vice to WoolPro­duc­ers and the wider wool in­dus­try.

“Richard has con­trib­uted im­mensely to the wool in­dus­try over his ten­ure and over­saw a num­ber of es­sen­tial pol­icy de­ci­sions to take the in­dus­try for­ward,” he said. “Some of these is­sues in­clude the es­tab­lish­ment of a Wool In­dus­try Trust, pain re­lief, the end of a re­stric­tive ap­proach to OJD man­age­ment, in­dus­try struc­tural re­form and on­go­ing in­put into wild dog man­age­ment.”

Mr Storey said he looked for­ward to work­ing with Mr Har­ri­son, the WoolPro­duc­ers board and staff to con­tinue ad­vo­cat­ing in the in­ter­ests of all Aus­tralian wool­grow­ers.

“A key pri­or­ity of WoolPro­duc­ers go­ing for­ward is to en­sure that all wool in­dus­try ser­vice providers and rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions are work­ing to­gether to serve the in­dus­try in the most ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive man­ner pos­si­ble,” he said.

Mr Storey said WoolPro­duc­ers wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Col­lette Garnsey to the role of AWI chair­woman and was look­ing for­ward to work­ing with its new lead­er­ship team to en­sure pos­i­tive out­comes for wool­grow­ers and the wider in­dus­try.

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