Low profile for candidate

25 Sep, 2002 10:00 PM
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WA candidate Kevin Bell does not plan a high profile campaign to win a seat on the Australian Wool Innovation board.

Mr Bell expects to be included on the election ballot paper next month - with eastern states candidates - after WoolProducers presented more than 12,000 signatures to AWI last week.

The Great Southern farm consultant said he hoped growers would recognise his commitment to the sheep and wool industry.

Mr Bell, a veterinarian with a PhD from Murdoch University, lives in Perth but travels to the Kojonup region each week, where he works with a group of 40 farmers.

He is involved in sheep husbandry, breeding, nutrition, disease control, on-farm research and farm business.

"I don't like the idea of a high pressure campaign," Mr Bell said.

"I want farmers to know background, what I stand for and my unrelenting commitment to the industry.

"I work with farmers one on one and anything I have to contribute will come from them.

"On-farm research is my main area of interest, though I recognise the importance of other work in the context of the whole wool pipeline.

"But farmers continue to express the need for solutions to on-farm problems.

"I work with farm businesses and I know how much wool they cut and what it costs them."

Mr Bell said he decided to nominate so farmers' views would be represented on the AWI board.

"I see it as important to remain in touch with farmers. Their needs are continually evolving and I can represent them at board level when the decisions are being made."

WAFarmers wool section president Dale Park said WA growers should throw their support behind the WoolProducers team. He said more than 700 WA growers returned nomination forms.

"The biggest hurdle is behind us," Mr Park said.

"The next step for woolgrowers is to support those candidates by voting for them in person or by proxy forms that will be supplied by AWI closer to the AGM.

"At this stage it is unknown when AWI will make an announcement as to the validity of the signatures.

"Once the nomination forms are excepted by the R&D body, AWI will have no choice but to place the five nominees on to the ballot paper for the upcoming AWI annual general meeting on October 31."

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