AWB Limited is launching a national consultative network for wheat producers as a means to provide further grower input into AWB operations and direction, AWB Managing Director Andrew Lindberg announced today.
Mr Lindberg said AWB was calling for growers to register interest to join the new National Network of Consultative Groups to provide feedback and advice to AWB on the future direction of the company and industry, products and services and to assist in responding to industry and global challenges.
"AWB has a strong partnership with grain producers all over the country, and as customers and shareholders, it remains important for growers to have an input into the workings and direction of the company they own and control," Mr Lindberg said.
"The new network will be a mechanism for two way communication between the company and the grower community, allowing for important grower feedback on our performance.
"It will complement the existing consultative processes through grower representative bodies, which remain highly valued methods of communication and consultation for AWB," Mr Lindberg said.
Mr Lindberg said AWB was looking to appoint a broad cross section of men and women to reflect a diverse range of views, geographic interest, industry priorities and levels of production.
Each of the groups will contain 8 - 12 members, providing adequate coverage of thoughts and interests of growers within a region.
Group members, once appointed, will be asked to commit to attending up to three meetings per year with the first meeting to be held in March/April.
Interested growers will need to fill in an expression of interest form, and return to AWB Limited by 15 February 2003 with selections to be finalised by end of February. This form will be posted under the "Communities" link of the grower services section of the AWB website www.awb.com.au, or can be obtained by contacting the Grower Service Centre on 1800 054 433.