17 September 2018

VFF Livestock backs 1.5% wool levy

The Victorian Farmers Federation is backing the position of the national industry body WoolProducers Australia in advocating for a 1.5% wool levy in this year’s WoolPoll.

With voting opening today, the VFF is recommending levy-payers select the 1.5% option for the next three years.

VFF Livestock President Leonard Vallance said livestock members were of the view a wool levy of 1.5% would provide sufficient funding for Australian Wool Innovation (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,” said Mr Vallance.

“We have come to the view that that a levy rate of 1.5% 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% option before voting closes on 2 November.”

WoolPoll is a triennial vote undertaken by eligible wool growers to determine the amount of their wool cheque that goes towards research, development and marketing which is administered by AWI.

Information about voting in WoolPoll 2018 is available at: www.woolpoll.com.au

Media Contacts:
Leonard Vallance, VFF Livestock President, 0417 551 547
Andrew MacDonald, VFF Media Advisor, 0418 282 875

About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social licence in a community that respects and values the sector.