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AWI welcomes levy decision

Feb '07
Peter McGauran
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has welcomed the decision by the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, to approve the 2 per cent levy supported by Australian woolgrowers through WoolPoll 2006.

Woolgrowers voted to maintain the current 2 per cent levy.

AWI Chairman, Ian McLachlan said Minister McGauran's announcement reinforces the decision made by woolgrowers.

“I am very pleased the Minister was given such clear guidance by woolgrowers to retain the 2 per cent levy, so AWI can continue its research, development and product marketing program,” said Mr McLachlan.

“This decision gives AWI the confidence to proceed with its job to increase demand for Australian wool, in particular Australian Merino wool.

“AWI would again like to thank Dr John Keniry and the WoolPoll Panel for their work in providing Australian woolgrowers with the information needed to make a decision on the level of investment for the next 3 years.”

The WoolPoll Panel was an independent group of representatives from organisations across industry as well as a representative from the Australian Government and from AWI.

AWI is required to conduct a poll of woolgrower levy payers (WoolPoll) every three years under the Wool Services Privatisation Act, allowing each individual woolgrower levy payer to decide on the level of investment in research, development and product marketing for the Australian wool industry.

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