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WGGA Membership 2014-15 – NOW OPEN!

With the assistance of our current members, we were able to achieve numerous goals in 2013-14 and we thank you for this support.  With continuing assistance we will be able to expand on our achievements in 2014-15 and continue this important work on behalf of the grower community.

In addition to the regular benefits of WGGA membership, those who sign up before 30 September 2014 will receive:

  • 50% discount on subscriptions to Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine
  • 30% off selected books from the Winetitles Bookstore
  • 50% discount on a winejobs.com.au posting

PLUS go into the draw to win either a $100 Winetitles Bookstore voucher or a WGGA umbrella!

You can now join electronically via our new Online Membership Application Form!

Visit the WGGA website to learn more about membership benefits and categories.

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EOFY Tax Tips from the ATO

  • Ensure you provide employees with their payment summary (previously called group certificate) no later than 14 July 2014 – even if you were not required to withhold tax from their pay.
  • Remember legislation increasing the Super Guarantee to 9.5% has been passed and will apply from 1 July 2014.
  • If you operate a small business that employs contractors, you need to complete and lodge your Taxable Payment Annual Report no later than 21 July 2014.
  • Make sure to report capital gains from the sale or disposal of shares or property.
  • Keep up-to-date with Small Business EOFY posts via the ATO FaceBook Page or follow on  Twitter

For further details visit the ATO website

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AWRI ‘Dog Book’ released for 2014-15

Every season the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) issues new guidelines for agrochemical use for viticulture in what’s known as the ‘Dog Book’.  The booklet for 2014-15 is now available.

Visit the AWRI website to learn more or contact AWRI on 08 8313 6600 or [email protected]

The booklet is available in hard copy, a downloadable PDF document and via the AWRI agrochemicals search app for mobile phones.

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MIA Vine Improvement Society – 2014 cutting season

The MIA Vine Improvement Society (MIAVIS) seeks to supply grape growers and nurseries with grapevine, prune/plum and cherry propagation material for the 2014 cutting season.

Further information, including stock lists and order forms, can be obtained by contacting the MIAVIS Chairman, Leo Depaoli, on 0412 699 476 or [email protected]

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Plant PIC’s freely available in Victoria

Property Identification Codes (PIC’s) are used to help minimise the impact of pest or disease outbreaks on horticulture production and market access.  If a producer’s contact details and the type of crops they grow are known, then the proper authorities know how to contact them in the event of a plant pest or disease outbreak.

As of 1 July 2012, grape growers with 0.5 hectares or more within Victoria were required under the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 to have a plant PIC.  The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) in Victoria are offering all commercial horticultural businesses access to plant PIC’s at no cost.

For more information visit the DEPI website or call 1800 678 779.

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Finlayson’s Wine Roadshow 2014

The Finlayson’s Wine Roadshow is on again with seminars being held in nine wine districts across Australia throughout August 2014.

This year’s theme is WFA’s Action Agenda – What does it mean for individual wineries?”

Details of seminar dates and locations can be found on Finalysons’ website or by contacting Jennifer Sothman on 08 8235 7769 or [email protected]

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Australian Government Media Releases – June 2014

Government media releases for June that may be of interest include:

You can sign up to get these direct via the Australian Government website


Download e-Alert no. 32 (PDF)


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