Corriedale breeder Brenton Lush, Inman Valley, is among eight woolgrowers from across Australia chosen to sit on the 2018 WoolPoll Panel.
The 11-member panel, chaired by Eyre Peninsula Merino breeder Sydney Lawrie, will oversee the voting process to determine the levy rate to be collected from growers to fund Australian Wool Innovation, for the next three years.
An independent selection committee made up of Mr Lawrie, WoolProducers Australia president Richard Halliday, AWI director Jock Laurie and Joann Wilkie from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources,.selected the panel.
Mr Lawrie said there was a strong field of nominees but the eight growers were unanimously selected to represent the wide range of woolgrower interests.
“The diversity of skill set and depth of knowledge is absolutely brilliant – hopefully we can come up with good ways to get more people to vote,” he said.
“The strategic plan involves using grower groups to get the information out to growers.”
In late September, woolgrowers will be provided with a Voter Information Memorandum, which will detail the levy rate options as determined by the AWI Board, how AWI proposes to invest the levy funds at each levy rate, as well as AWI’s levy rate recommendation.
Voting will take place for six weeks from September 17.
The results of WoolPoll 2018 will be announced at AWI ‘s annual general meeting on November 23 and take effect on July 1 2019.