Wool medal deadline looms

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If you know someone exceptional in the wool industry, now is the last chance to put them forward for this year’s Wool Industry Medal.

The Federation of Australian Wool Organisations has put out a last call for its annual medal ahead of the submission deadline on on Friday.

For the past two years, the award has honoured Australian wool industry figures during the Australian Wool Industries Secretariat’s Wool Week in Melbourne.

Medal nominees can be men and women who have worked in, or represented, and made an exceptional and sustained contribution in the Australian wool industry.

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Nominations can be made for wool growers, shearers, wool classers and handlers, exporters, brokers or processors, or people from other sectors such as wool testing, market reporting and analysis, administration and regulatory services, education, research or promotion.

Federation of Australian Wool Organisations secretary Bianca Heaney said previous medal winners included exporters, shearers, brokers, sheep breeders, growers and wool testers.

“We’ve got a couple of nominations there at the minute, but we are hoping to get quite a few in this year,” she said.

“Hopefully the word will get around to all areas of the supply chain.”

South Regional TAFE wool classing lecturer Rob Carter, of Narrogin, was honoured to receive the inaugural award in 2017.

“It was very humbling,” he said.

“I encourage another exceptional round of nominations as there are so many worthy candidates including West Australians who have sparked innovation in the industry.”

Award recipients will be announced at the AWIS Wool Week dinner in Melbourne on August 22.

The nomination form and further information can be found at fawo.org.au

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