Australia: HAL Members vote yes to grower-owned RDC

An overwhelming majority of Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) Members have formally voted today to transition HAL to a grower-owned Research and Development Corporation (RDC) at an Extraordinary General Meeting in Cairns.

Today's EGM vote reinforced the support shown by Members at the HAL Forum held on 28 May in Melbourne for a HAL-subsidiary to be the transition vehicle to a grower-owned RDC, rather than a Government-owned transition company, and that all current Members would be closely consulted throughout the transition process.

HAL Chairman Selwyn Snell said he was extremely pleased with the outcome of the EGM and was looking forward to working with Members, growers and other key stakeholders on the transition process.

"Given 95 per cent of Members voted in support of the transition, there can be no doubt that HAL and its Members are united in their commitment to transition HAL to a grower owned body," Mr Snell said. "This is a very pleasing result."

HAL will now focus on preparing a transition and implementation plan to give effect to the outcome of this vote.

Further information
Horticulture Australia Limited
John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer
Tel. +61 2 8295 2321

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