Re-elected wool body leader commits to co-operation

Sheep Central, November 15, 2021

Re-elected WPA president Ed Storey.

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia will focus on ensuring industry service providers and organisations work together more efficiently and effectively for growers over the next 12 months.

Re-elected WPA president Ed Storey said the reality is the industry is facing a number of factors, including the recovery from the pandemic, the EU labelling laws and labour shortages, while competing for land use from other commodities.

“It is time that vested interests and agendas are put aside from all parties in the hope of stabilising and growing our wonderful industry.

“WoolProducers has demonstrated that it can work with all sectors of industry from production through to export and internationally and will continue to work with all parties to ensure a bright future for the Australian wool industry,” the Yass wool grower said.

Mr Storey was been re-elected for a fourth and final term as leader of the peak grower body and Gippsland grower Steven Harrison was reinstated as vice-president, at the WPA annual general meeting on November 11.

Mr Storey said he was pleased to again be re-elected to lead the organisation for another 12 months, representing the interests of Australian wool growers.

“WoolProducers has had an extremely productive year and delivered many positives for the industry as a whole, including the launch of the Trust in Australian Wool campaign and the Sheep Sustainability Framework, and I look forward to another constructive year ahead,” he said.

WoolProducers also announced the return of the three incumbent independent directors, Stacey Lugsdin, New South Wales; John Hassell, Western Australia, and; Steven Harrison in Victoria.

“We are fortunate to have the three independent growers of the calibre of Stacey, John and Steve, and I’m very pleased to have Steve returned as vice-president of WoolProducers,” Mr Storey said.


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  1. Peter Small, November 16, 2021

    Congratulations Ed Storey on being re-elected for your fifth term. A courageous contribution to our industry. You head an organisation that is the only legitimate national organisation of all wool growers. Continue with your courageous leadership, engage with and cement the support of grassroots growers.
    Our industry is tired of an inept AWI and a compliant Minister who has failed to bring AWI to account.

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