The chair of the live export advisory panel that hosted eight WA consultation sessions this week has again apologised for the way the sessions had been planned and said it was his preference the report produced by the panel should be made public. Phillip Glyde made the comments in Albany on Thursday following a two-hour session at the CWA Hall, which had originally been scheduled to take place in a room with the capacity to hold no more than 20 people. More than 100 people attended the Albany meeting, which was the seventh in a packed five-day schedule that saw the panel travel from Moora through to Esperance. Mr Glyde also made an apology in his opening comments at the start of the consultations session before repeating them when talking to the Advertiser afterwards. He said the meeting had originally been planned to take place with grower group representatives, but that decision had left “people very annoyed”. “We ended up causing people a bit of angst as a result, but what it has meant now is that we are going to be able to talk to, listen to and have questions posed to us from 1000 people,” he said. “We feel as though that has been worthwhile, we have been able to really get a sense of the mood in a number of different towns, and that has really been of benefit. “I’m quite pleased with that endpoint outcome while acknowledging that we probably didn’t get it right in the way we planned to do it.” He told the Advertiser the Albany meeting saw different impacts of the proposed live export ban being emphasised, including the impact of uncertainty on young people in the industry and a need for more abattoir space within a competitive environment. He also said the ultimate decision of whether the panel’s report would be made public lies with Agriculture Minister Murray Watt. “We very much think that investing the money in the consultation process and asking us to come up with ideas about what the future might hold, and how we might offset the impacts of the ban, is going to be important information to have out in the public,” he said. Further feedback on the issue can be submitted via haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/live-sheep-phase-out.