Changes tipped

28 Mar, 2002 07:00 PM

IN a brief address to the WAFarmers wool conference, Australian Wool Innovation woolgrowers advisory group (WAG) chairman David Webster said they had not had a great involvement in the decisions of AWIL so far.

He said The Woolmark Company and Australian Wool Innovation, nearly a year old, would soon de-merge and have two separate boards.

"We have perhaps had some inner knowledge about how this transition was taking place and what was involved in separating the companies," he said.

"We haven't had a great involvement."

He also said the WAG had not been consulted on AWIL's Woodlot scheme.

Mr Webster said AWIL was being swamped with project proposals, which had to go through a 10-step concept and project process before being accepted.

"The concept proposal was reviewed and if signed off a formal project proposal was requested," he said.

"Nobody could imagine the amount of concept and project material coming in and there has been a miniscule amount that has got through to project approval stage."

Mr Webster said there had been no indication as to whether there would be a WAG for the newly de-merged AWIL.

He mooted big changes to marketing with more commercial involvement in research and development after the de-merger.

"What you are going to see in marketing and commercial R&D will be very different to what you have seen in the past," he said.


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