Inrformation on how a proposed wool levy would be spent has
been outlined before October's referendum.
The proposal would ''bring to life'' the business case which
sheep farmers have voted on three times, most recently in
March, Wool Levy Group chairwoman Sandra Faulkner said.
About $2.7 million would go towards education, which was
about stimulating demand.
It would be for the Campaign for Wool; a contestable fund for
collaborative projects educating retail staff and consumers;
tertiary teaching fellowships; a contestable scholarship
fund; and International Wool Textile Organisation
Up to $500,000 would be spent on innovation, including
co-ordination, communication and extension of the investment
in wool research and development, and a contestable fund to
allow research projects not covered by current funding but
which were of benefit of the industry to be carried out.
That funding may be reassessed after a year, based on the
industry's research needs.
About $500,000 would be spent on communication, used to
support trade negotiations and improve market access; provide
a ''voice for wool'' and be a first point of contact for
government, business, banking and universities; ensure
economic service was provided for wool to collect accurate
production and sales data; engage key personnel to deliver
specific activities and deliver regular grower communication.
Governance and administration would also cost $500,000.
Administration would be ''kept to a minimum'' with a proposed
board of three farmer-elected directors and up to two
It was proposed the three farmer directors on the Wool Levy
Group would form the first transitional board to ensure
The board would be supported by a pan-sector advisory group.
The group continued to consult wool producers and the wider
industry on the plan, Mrs Faulkner said.
A levy of 3c on the average 5.4kg (including slipe) greasy
weight equivalent per head produced per annum would equal
16.2c per sheep.
Initially, the levy would be no higher than 3c/kg and there
would be an upper limit of 5c/kg stipulated in a new Wool
Commodities Levy Act.
Voting papers will be spent out on September 10 and voting
closes on October 10.