Stay­ing silent on wool vote

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIAN Wool In­no­va­tion is keeping the num­ber of wool grow­ers who voted in this year’s WoolPoll un­der wraps.

While tra­di­tion­ally the vote count has not been made pub­lic un­til the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, this year for the first time in­dus­try could keep up to date on­line with how many votes were lodged.

How­ever, since vot­ing closed last Fri­day, AWI said it would not re­veal the count, in line with pre­vi­ous WoolPolls.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter the low­est pro­por­tion of wool grow­ers, at 50.68 per cent, voted in WoolPoll 2015.

WoolPoll vot­ing was col­lated in­de­pen­dently by Link Mar­ket Ser­vices. An AWI spokes­woman said votes were still be­ing col­lated as grow­ers had also voted via post or fax.

As of last week, ac­cord­ing to the web­site, 18 per cent, or 8771 levy pay­ers out of the el­i­gi­ble 47,107, had cast their votes.

WoolPoll panel chair Syd­ney Lawrie said the num­bers were “very sim­i­lar” to 2015. .

“We hope to end up with 30 per cent of vot­ers and over 50 per cent of ac­tual votes, sim­i­lar to last time,” Mr Lawrie said.

The re­sult will be an­nounced at AWI’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on November 23.

Mean­while, splin­ter wool groups have hit back at claims by AWI man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Stu­art McCul­lough they were dam­ag­ing wool’s rep­u­ta­tion, lead­ing to a re­cent price drop.

Mr McCul­lough told ABC Ra­dio last week groups such as WoolPro­duc­ers and the Aus­tralian Wool Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion were push­ing a “sig­nal that it’s time to re­duce in­vest­ment in mar­ket­ing and R&D” and this was “play­ing a part” in the price drop.

WoolPro­duc­ers chief Hall dis­missed the claim.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally, a 1.5 per cent levy [as op­posed to the cur­rent 2 per cent] does not mean de­creased ex­pen­di­ture on mar­ket­ing and R&D [due to in­creased wool prices],” she said. Jo

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