- WGGA Membership open for 2015-16!
- Tickets now available for SA Winegrape Growers Summit
- 2016 Nuffield Scholarships now open
- Government assistance for farmers
- Federal budget initiatives for Small Businesses
- Selling or closing a small business?
- Visit WGGA at WineTech 2015 – Stand 90!
- 2016 Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference – Save the date
WGGA Membership open for 2015-16!
As membership time rolls around again we would like to thank our current members for their continued support. So we can continue to achieve our goals for growers, we call on growers to join or renew memberships for 2015-16.
In addition to the regular benefits of WGGA membership, those who sign up before the 30 September 2015 will receive:
- 50% discount on subscriptions to Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine
- 25% discount off any item in the Winetitles Bookstore
- 50% discount on a winejobs posting
PLUS, go into the draw to win a FREE 12 month subscription to the Grapegrower & Winemaker publication!
Tickets now available for SA Winegrape Growers Summit
Bookings are now open for the Wine Grape Council of SA’s 2015 SA Winegrape Growers Summit to be held on Friday 17 July at the Adelaide Oval.
The aim of the summit is to assist winegrape growers plan for the 2016 vintage and beyond. Michael Pascoe, one of Australia’s most experienced finance and economics commentators, will give a special presentation on how small business can meet the challenges and grab the opportunities of the current and future business environment.
This is the only dedicated outlook conference for winegrape growers. Don’t miss this great day to learn, catch up with colleagues and discuss and share ideas.
Book your tickets by June 17 to take advantage of early bird special prices and go in a draw to win one of two double passes to the Port Power/Adelaide Crows Showdown on July 19.
2016 Nuffield Scholarships now open
The Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships are open for 2016 and aimed at primary producers who identify as new leaders in industry and the community.
Applications are open to both men and women aged between 28 and 40 years of age, who are ordinarily a resident of Australia.
20 scholarships are available to practicing farmers and farm managers in a range of categories, including viticulture. Successful candidates will not only enhance their knowledge and skills but get the opportunity to research a primary production topic overseas.
Applications close 30 June 2015.
For more information visit the Nuffield Australia website
Government assistance for farmers
There are a number of federal government initiatives in place to support farmers and farm businesses through economic hardship, including a new initiative just announced.
Depreciation date bought forward
In a new initiative, accelerated depreciation has been bought forward for all farms, regardless of size, and takes effect from 12 May 2015.
Australian farmers can now claim a tax deduction on all capital expenditure on water facilities, fodder storage assets and fencing incurred since the 2015 Budget was handed down, with the full cost depreciated over three years.
Small businesses can immediately claim accelerated depreciation on a business asset costing up to $20,000. Farms with turnover of less than $2 million qualify as a small business.
While it is not likely at this time to be relevant to viticultural communities, in May the government also announced a new $333 million support package for rural communities suffering extreme drought.
Click on a link below to learn more about these individual programs:
- Farm Household Allowance
- Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme
- Farm Management Deposits (FMD)
- Taxation measures
- Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)
Visit the Department of Agriculture’s website for full details on all of the above.
Selling or closing a small business?
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has developed a seven part guide to help small business owners understand the issues and regulatory landscape they will need to negotiate.
The journey of selling or closing a small business is a webcast covering:
- Preparations you need to make
- Finding a buyer
- Preparing contracts
- The settlement process
- Finalising after-sale closure, and
To learn more visit the ATO website
Federal budget initiatives for Small Businesses
The 2015 Budget was handed down in May and included a number of initiatives for small business. The $5.5 billion Jobs and Small Business package includes a range of initiatives to help small business grow and invest:
- Tax relief
- Immediate deductions for new assets less than $20,000 (mentioned earlier)
- Professional cost deductions for new businesses
- More flexible wage subsidies
You can read more on the Australian Small Business Commissioner website
Visit WGGA at WineTech 2015 – Stand 90!
WineTech 2015 is fast approaching and online registration is now available.
Attending the event is free and a great opportunity to view the latest industry products and services, as well as the opportunity to come and meet WGGA staff.
WGGA will have a key presence in ‘The Hub’ with the other national industry bodies and invites any grower or interested party to come and have a coffee and a chat. We will be happy to update you on the organisation’s activities or discuss any particular issue you may want to raise with us.
WGGA Executive Director Lawrie Stanford and WGGA Chair Vic Patrick will also be available for one-on-one conversations on Wednesday 15 July from 1:30pm.
Visitors to our stand this year are invited to go into the draw to win a copy of Professor Kym Anderson’s book, Growth and Cycles in Australia’s Wine Industry, as well as the much sort after WGGA umbrella. Growers who are not members of WGGA but join up at the event will also receive 50% discount off their general membership fee for 2015-16.
WineTech is hosted by Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) and will run for three days from 14 to 16 July at the Adelaide Showgrounds in South Australia.
Grower related presentations that may be of interest include:
- SHuR Farms – Frost Protection (Wed 15/7 at 3:00pm)
- Winetitles – “Success Stories – doing things different in the vineyard” (Wed 15/7 at 4:00pm)
To learn more about the event visit the WineTech website
2016 Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference – Save the date
The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition (AWITC) is returning to Adelaide in July 2016.
The program will include esteemed local and international speakers, workshops, technical posters, an expansive trade exhibition and networking events.
A call for workshop submissions and poster abstracts will take place in the coming months and registrations will open in February 2016.
Contact information and further details are available via the AWITC website
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