Van Rooyen, Modiano in pole position

30 Oct, 2008 04:55 PM
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British-based wool topmaker, Laurence Modiano.
British-based wool topmaker, Laurence Modiano.

British-based wool topmaker, Laurence Modiano, and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman, Brian van Rooyen, have scored highly in the FarmOnline wool poll before next month’s AWI elections.

Asked who would receive their first vote in the AWI board ballot, a quarter of respondents to the national Internet website poll voted for Mr Modiano and one in five for Mr van Rooyen.

The poll, though not scientifically accurate, is the only indication to date of who may be leading the wool industry after the elections on November 19 in Perth.

Between October 19 and 26, 370 people from across Australia who registered through theland.com.au or other affiliated websites were involved in the poll.

Tight online security ensured participants could only vote once.

Other candidates who received a high vote included Central West NSW woolgrower and businessman, George Falkiner, from Haddon Rig stud (14 per cent of the vote), and Sydney-based Tri-Solfen inventor, Dr Meredith Sheil (13pc).

High profile NSW agribusinessman, John Keniry, surprised observers with only 5.4pc of the vote and only 3.8pc of voters gave current director, South Australian-based Chris Abell, their first vote.

Merino stud breeders president, Will Roberts, from Queensland, who has recently distanced himself from the Australian Wool Growers Association, scored seven per cent, and West Australian woolgrowing candidate, David Webster, gained 7.8pc.

Relative newcomers to the feisty theatre of wool politics, Tourism Australia leader, Ken Boundy, and financial specialist, Robyn Clubb, polled 1.6pc and 3.5pc respectively.

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