Tumby Bay farmer Sydney Lawrie has been appointed by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to chair the 2018 WoolPoll Panel.
Together with his wife Therese, Mr Lawrie owns and manages a sheep and cropping enterprise including about 4000 sheep and 7000 acres of wheat, canola, barley, peas and oats.
Held every three years, WoolPoll allows wool growers to directly determine the amount of wool levy they pay for the next three-year period to fund wool research, development and marketing activities by AWI.
Mr Lawrie was a member of the 2015 WoolPoll Panel, bringing many new ideas to the panel, especially relating to increasing voter turnout.
In recent years, he has been actively involved in supporting the next generation of wool growers as a committee member of AWI’s National Merino Challenge and is also on the Eyre Peninsula Stud Merino Breeders Committee and the Tumby Bay Silos Committee.
In his role as WoolPoll Panel chairman, Mr Lawrie will first set about establishing an independent panel of wool growers from across Australia to ensure the poll is delivered in accordance with statutory requirements and promote wool grower participation.
Voting packs will be sent to eligible growers in September 2018.