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VFF says vote for 1.5% levy

By Country News

Voting is now open for WoolPoll 2018 with the VFF urging for growers to vote for a 1.5 per cent levy.

WoolPoll is a vote by woolgrowers to determine what percentage of their wool income they would like to contribute to the future funding of research, development and marketing for the industry through Australian Wool Innovation in the next three years.

WoolPoll Panel chair and South Australian mixed farmer Sydney Lawrie encouraged woolgrowers to vote as soon as they received their voter information kits.

‘‘The kits containing the ballot papers, voting instructions and voter information memorandum have been sent in the mail,’’ Mr Lawrie said.

There are five levy rate options for woolgrowers to consider: 3 per cent, 2.5 per cent, 2 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 0 per cent, with the VFF urging growers to choose 1.5 per cent.

VFF livestock president Leonard Vallance said livestock members were of the view a wool levy of 1.5 per cent would provide sufficient funding for AWI to continue investing in ongoing research and development, as well as new areas of need for the industry.

‘‘This is about the prudent and productive investment of wool producers’ money,’’ Mr Vallance said.

‘‘We have come to the view that a levy rate of 1.5 per cent is the best option, which will allow AWI to continue working to provide solutions to the industry, now and into the future.

‘‘We strongly encourage all voting wool levy-payers to select the 1.5 per cent option before voting closes on November 2.’’

Every three years, Australian woolgrowers determine the future level of funding for research, development and marketing through AWI.

All woolgrowers who have paid wool levies totalling $100 or more in the past three financial years are eligible to vote.

Voters can have their say online, or by mail or fax until November 2.

Levy payers will soon receive a voter information kit in the mail, which includes everything about WoolPoll 2018 including the levy rate options as well as ballot papers.

■To receive your kit on time, check your contact details are up to date by phoning Link Market Services on 1800 990 365 or by visiting: www.linkmarketservices.com.au