WoolProducers Australia welcomes new Agriculture Minister


WoolProducers Australia congratulates the Hon David Littleproud as the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, after the swearing in of the new Cabinet today.

WoolProducers President Mr Richard Halliday said “We look forward to meeting with the Minister to progress a range of issues which are of vital importance to the wool industry.

We anticipate a strong working relationship with Minister Littleproud in achieving positive outcomes for the Australian wool industry.”

“As the Member for Maranoa, where a large portion of Queensland’s sheep flock is located, we expect that the new Minister has a keen understanding of the significant role that the wool industry plays to local, regional and the national economy”. Mr Halliday said.

Mr Halliday also acknowledged the outgoing Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon Barnaby Joyce.

“WoolProducers worked collaboratively with Minister Joyce and his office on a number of issues directly affecting the wool industry. We wish him well in his new role as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport”. Mr Halliday said

WoolProducers also congratulates Senator Bridgette McKenzie and Dr John McVeigh MP on their ascension to Cabinet into key rural portfolios, being Minister for Rural Health and Regional Telecommunications, and Regional Development, Territories and Local Government respectively.

“WoolProducers anticipates that the new Cabinet will acknowledge the crucial role that rural and regional Australia plays to the overall economy and delivers outcomes for these constituents and their industries accordingly,” Mr Halliday said.

ENDS

WoolProducers Australia contact:

Richard Halliday

President

0428 854 759

 

Jo Hall

Chief Executive Officer

0488 554 811

About WoolProducers’ Australia

WPA plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service.

Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.

The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.

WPA maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower shareholders.  It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.

WPA is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.