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Board Positions up for grabs as peak wool representative body calls for nominations for Directors

Nominations are now open for three positions on the Executive of the nation’s peak body for woolgrowers, WoolProducers Australia.


President Steve Harrison said that nominations are now being sought from current woolgrowers who believe that they can contribute to national and international policy development and advocacy on behalf of Australia’s wool producing industry.


“WoolProducers Australia is led by a National Executive of woolgrowers from around Australia, which is predominantly made up of delegates from our state farming organisations members,” said Mr Harrison today.


“However, we also have three independent members that are directly elected by growers, which is very unique to our organisation. Democratically elected independent members give anyone involved with wool growing in Australia the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team.”


The successful candidates will be required to become directors of WoolProducers Australia Ltd as part of the WoolProducers Australia Executive and the positions are for a term of two years.


Current Independent Directors are Stacey Lugsdin, NSW and John Hassell, WA, with current President Steve Harrison being the third Independent Director, who does not have to recontest the election given his role of President.


Ms Lugsdin has indicated that she is renominating, while Mr Hassell will not recontest as he has reached his six-year tenure limit.


Mr Harrison said “WoolProducers is the only representative group in the Australian Wool Industry that represents all woolgrowers, unlike other groups who only represent certain sectors of the industry or have vested agendas and no accountability, we proudly act without fear or favour in calling for transparency and accountability from those service provider companies that are financed by grower funds - whether they are compulsory levies or fees for service.”


“WoolProducers, as leaders of the industry, have delivered many outcomes on behalf of the industry, with many current leading initiatives being driven by WoolProducers, including wool traceability, the Sheep Sustainability Framework, Trust in Australian Wool, expanded trade and market access for wool and the feasibility of domestic and diversified wool processing.’”


“As the representative of the single largest body of woolgrowers in Australia, we are seeking people from any segment of the production sector who believe that they can actively contribute to policy development in the best interests of the entire wool industry.” Mr Harrison said.


To be eligible for election to the position of Independent Director on the Executive of WoolProducers Australia, candidates must:


• Have paid the 1.5% wool levy at least once during the past three years (since 1 July 2020);

• Be a member of a state farmer organisation that is affiliated with WoolProducers Australia or a Direct Member of WoolProducers Australia; and

• Be eligible to act as a company director.


Nominations must be received before 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 22 September. In the event of a contested election, ballot papers will be distributed during October, with the close of voting being COB, Thursday, 2 November. The results will be declared at the 2023 WPA Annual General Meeting on 9 November, 2023.


Further information can be obtained from the WoolProducers Australia office via info@woolproduers.com.au or on the website https://www.woolproducers.com.au/director-elections


ENDS


WoolProducers Australia contacts:

Jo Hall, CEO

0488 554 811


Steve Harrison, President

0427 468 303


About WoolProducers’ Australia

WoolProducers plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service.


Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.


The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool

Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.


WoolProducers maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower shareholders. It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.


WoolProducers is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.


As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.


WoolProducers also works closely with the Federal Government Departments on key issues such as animal health and welfare, biosecurity, pest management control, natural resource management, drought preparedness, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness and industry development, including research, trade and logistics.

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