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Growers vote to maintain two per cent levy with record participation

Posted by Bestprac on Dec 04 2012

AWI Press Release

Australian woolgrowers have voted to maintain the two per cent levy on wool sales to fund research, development and marketing of the natural fibre.

In total, 60.94% of all possible woolgrower votes were cast as part of WoolPoll 2012, the biggest return since the triennial vote began 12 years ago. This compares to 53.7% of votes returned in 2009.
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Announcing the results, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chief Executive Officer, Stuart McCullough thanked woolgrowers for getting behind the poll.
“This is a very high level of return for a voluntary vote. WoolPoll 2012 has set a new benchmark for our industry, with the highest ever outcome for both votes and voters,” he added.

Mr McCullough said the outcome gave AWI the opportunity to continue the progress, made in recent years across all areas of the organisation, but emphasised how levies would always be managed responsibly and prudently to deliver outcomes for all growers.

As in previous Polls, eligible levy payers were invited to select their preferred levy option from 0, 1, 2, 2.5 and 3 per cent.

Mr McCullough acknowledged the efforts of Will Roberts, Chairman of the WoolPoll Panel.

WoolPoll follows strict guidelines, set out in the WoolPoll Regulations, as an independent, democratic process. The results have been certified by the Returning Officer from Link Market Services Limited.

A summary of the poll results;
 

  Valid votes returned Valid papers returned
WoolPoll 2012 60.94% 41.72%
WoolPoll 2009 53.7% 32.65%

 

 

Last changed: Dec 05 2012

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