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FF Urge Careful Consideration On Wool Restructure

Implementation Project Team Vital To Success Of Wool Industry Restructure

Federated Farmers' Meat and Fibre Chairman Chris Lester is urging the Wool Board to give careful consideration when appointing the Implementation Project Team.

"If this team is to be successful it needs the 100% backing of woolgrowers. There is no room for the "old boy network" in this process," said Mr Lester.

"Growers expect the best people available to be appointed to the Implementation Project Team. The team's credibility will be on the line when its decisions impact on growers."

Mr Lester said that Federated Farmers supported the appointment of Wool Board Chief Executive Officer Mark O'Grady, and Independent Stakeholder Chairman, Ian Farrant.

"Both of these individuals have a well-established rapport with the farming community, and I am confident they will enjoy woolgrowers' full support," said Mr Lester.

"However, Federated Farmers will be watching the other appointments closely. While the Wool Board must be present because of statutory implications, the Wool Board Directors appointed to the IPT will need to have considerable standing with growers. Likewise, the two commercial appointees must be highly regarded, with wide experience and proven commercial wisdom."

"The way in which the Implementation Project Team approaches the tasks ahead will have a major bearing on the success or otherwise of the reform process. We simply cannot afford this to be bungled," concluded Mr Lester.

ENDS


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