Chief Executive Officer Report

with Jo Hall

Welcome to the first edition of The WoolPress. This is the first of a quarterly newsletter from the peak representative body WoolProducers Australia.

We have sought articles from a range of industry partners and stakeholders, to showcase the diverse, vibrant and at times challenging industry and environment that we operate in. Currently there are many things to celebrate in our great industry and in the wider agricultural sector, which has been the fastest growing sector in our economy, whose value has increased a staggering 23% in the past financial year.

 

WoolProducers has had a positive year and has worked hard representing the interests of Australian woolgrowers on a range of issues, from industry systems, such as the National Wool Declaration, the Wool Exchange Portal (now known as Wool Q) and agricultural levies review, through to animal health, welfare and biosecurity issues, including Emergency Animal Disease preparedness, the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project and wild dog mitigation. For an overview of WoolProducers’ activities for the 2016/17 year, please click here.

 

WoolProducers also launched our revamped website and new Facebook page, to better communicate our organisation and our activities. We hope that you take the time to check these out, along with following us on Twitter.

 

WoolProducers has a small, but extremely dedicated staff of three, and a Board of ten passionate Directors. Our Directors all freely give their time to represent woolgrowers. WoolProducers Directors, largely work on a volunteer basis on behalf of industry, which at times can be a thankless job, but at other times it can also be incredibly rewarding. It is a pleasure to work with such committed staff and Directors, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them and acknowledge their efforts.

 

We look forward to continuing our work in 2018. A highlight for WoolProducers will be the launch our ‘Raising the Baa’ project, which is a project under the Commonwealth’s Leadership in Agriculture Fund. This important project will look to address the gap in industry capacity building and will provide an opportunity to upskill a number of woolgrowers in the areas of representation, with a strong focus on corporate governance and directorship skills.

 

2018 is also important to the wool industry, in that WoolPoll, the triennial vote to determine the compulsory levy that woolgrowers pay to research, development and marketing, will be conducted. WoolProducers will be busy ensuring that woolgrowers understand the mechanisms and operations of this important vote.

 

It is a wonderful time to be involved in the wool industry, with the Eastern Market Indicator closing the calendar year on 1760c/kilogram clean. The first half of the 2017/18 financial year has resulted in a staggering $1.6 billion of Australian wool being sold – may well these prices continue. It is very satisfying to finish the year on such a positive note.

 

On behalf of WoolProducers, I would like to wish you and your family a fantastic and safe festive season! We hope that you have favourable weather conditions wherever you are and take the time to relax. We look forward to working with you and on your behalf in 2018.