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  • Tenders still open for national viticulture biosecurity projects
  • SAWIA seeking feedback on the Workplace Relations Framework
  • Growers who attend WineTech could win a FREE gift pack!
  • Participants sought for a new trial to measure powdery mildew
  • ‘Building better wine businesses’ workshop in WA
  • WGGA sponsorship is open for 2015-16!
  • Enrolments open for two biosecurity courses
  • ‘Vinnovation’ award for SA growers

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Tenders still open for national viticulture biosecurity projects

WGGA is currently tendering out two related projects to secure a sustainable future for national biosecurity management in viticulture.

PROJECT 1: Develop a business case for sustainable and sufficient funding for national biosecurity management in the wine sector.

PROJECT 2: Undertake wine sector responsibilities required by signatories to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (‘normal commitments’), in cooperation with the other viticulture industries, and attending to national interests in managing endemic pests and diseases.

WGGA seeks to engage in some kind of collaborative or consultancy arrangement to deliver outcomes on these projects and is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to undertake either, or both, of these projects.

Initial expressions of interest are still open and will close on Friday 13 March.

Visit the WGGA website for the project brief and tender guidelines or contact Lawrie Stanford on (08) 8133 4400 for further information.

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SAWIA seeking feedback on the Workplace Relations Framework

The Productivity Commission (PC) has been directed by the Federal Government to undertake an inquiry into federal workplace relations legislation.

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) will be making an initial submission on behalf of the industry with examples of issues and difficulties together with amendments to fix them.

Through a survey, SAWIA are seeking views from wine industry employers on how current workplace relations laws impact operations as well as any recommendations to improve flexibility and productivity.

The survey is confidential and open until Friday 6 March.

Click here to access the survey or contact Henrik Wallgren from SAWIA on (08) 8222 9270 for more information.

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Growers who attend WineTech could win a free gift pack!

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Growers who register for WineTech 2015 before 31 March will go into the draw to win one of two Felco gift packs!

Felco are a global company who manufacture professional pruning shears and cable cutters.  The packs contain a set of secateurs with rotating handle, leather holster and a diamond sharpener – total value of $170.

To be eligible, growers must pre-register with WGGA before the end of the month and attend the event during 14-16 July.  Winners will be announced after the event.

Attending WineTech is free and a great opportunity to view the latest industry products and services, and to speak to your national representative bodies also.

To pre-register with WGGA please call (08) 8133 4400 or email [email protected]

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Participants sought for a new trial to measure powdery mildew

A free app to help identify and measure the presence of powdery mildew on grapes and grapevines should be available to the Australian wine community by next vintage.

Researchers in a project led by the University of Adelaide have begun second-phase testing and are seeking volunteers to put the new software through its paces this vintage.

This initiative is part of a broader AGWA-funded project looking to establish objective measures for powdery mildew.

For more information visit the AGWA website or contact Professor Eileen Scott at the University on [email protected]

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‘Building better wine businesses’ workshop in WA

Wine Business Solutions provide a range of consulting services, workshops, training and mentoring programs to the wine industry.  They have partnered with Wines of Western Australia to run a two-day workshop designed to assist building better wine businesses.

‘Now Let’s Sell Some Wine’ will run from 16-17 April at the Sanctuary Resort in Bunbury, Western Australia.  It will show participants how to

  • enhance their unique selling proposition,
  • build and engage their customer base directly,
  • define paths to market, and
  • select, manage and get the best from their partners.

Visit the Wine Business Solutions website for more information or contact Peter McAtamney on (02) 9744 8332 or [email protected]

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WGGA sponsorship is open for 2015-16!

As the national winegrape grower representative organisation we can offer maximum exposure to a sponsor’s products and services.

If you would like to advertise your brand to Australia’s 6,300 winegrape growers then sponsorship is a great way to do so.

We can offer exposure such as:

  • Inclusion in our gift bag at WineTech 2015
  • Company, product and logo placement in our newsletter, e-Alerts and website
  • Promotional presence at our AGM
  • A mail-out opportunity to growers
  • Interaction with our Executive Committee members

Visit the WGGA website to view our sponsorship and advertising opportunities for 2015-16 or contact Nikki Zorzi on (08) 8133 4404.

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Enrolments open for two biosecurity courses

The Plant Biosecurity Program for 2015 is now open and designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and understanding of plant biosecurity.

The program develops the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from scientific and regulatory sources, and to apply effective solutions.

There are three course levels available at a range of tertiary institutions – Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters.

Visit the Plant Biosecurity Program website for further information.


Biosecurity Threats and Invasions is a new short course being run by the Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

It will be held from 7-13 May and will introduce attendees to the international frameworks that drive global biosecurity and the Australian biosecurity system.

Participants will learn about preparedness, surveillance, diagnostics, emergency response and management of pests and diseases threatening to invade Australia.

Assessments are optional but credit towards relevant postgraduate degrees will be awarded if the course is completed and passed.

Contact Dr Kirsty Bayliss on (08) 9360 2814 or [email protected] for more information.

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‘Vinnovation’ award for SA growers

The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) are looking for examples of vineyard innovations that can be shared with industry at this year’s SA Winegrape Growers Summit.

If you are a grower in South Australia who has invented or developed a new practice, gadget, process or piece of equipment that improves the profitability of your vineyard then you are encouraged to enter.

The best idea will be presented the ‘Vinnovation’ award at the Summit in July 2015.

To learn more visit the WGCSA website or contact Peter Hackworth on (08) 8351 4378 or [email protected]


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Discounted Riverland Wine Offer

Cirami Estate in Monash, South Australia are offering the following discounted wines:

  • 12 bottles of gold medal winning 2012 Montepulciano for $100
  • 12 bottles of gold medal & trophy winning 2013 Langrein for $100

This offer is to make room for new stock and is for a limited time only.

For more information contact Sharon Nitschke at the Riverland Vine Improvement Committee on (08) 8583 5504 or Cirami Estate direct on (08) 8583 5366.


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