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  • WineTech Reminder – 14 to 16 July
  • AWRI releases 2015-16 ‘Dog book’
  • Wine Clubs webinar – 7 July
  • Tax changes from 1 July 2015
  • Don Martin Viticulture Fellowship – Applications Now Open
  • Murray River flow to vary this winter
  • Recovery Grants available for NSW Farmers
  • Rural Leadership Program – Applications Now Open
  • Choose the business structure that is right for you
  • Latest R&D News from AGWA
  • New energy efficiency investment loans available for agribusiness

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 WineTech Reminder – 14 to 16 July

A reminder that WineTech is on from 14-16 July 2015 at the Adelaide Showground in South Australia.

The WISA hosted event is FREE to attend and will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.  It will showcase the latest industry innovations and developments as well as exhibit a variety of products and services.

WGGA is pleased to be involved in this event through the Industry Hub (stand 90) where you can have a free coffee, network and engage with us.  Find out what our priorities are and let us hear how it is for you in the vineyard.

The Executive Director Lawrie Stanford, and Chairman Vic Patrick, will be available for personal meetings by appointment, and the stand will be manned by WGGA administrative staff Kelly and Nikki.

Take out membership with WGGA on the day and receive 50% discount off your general membership fee for 2015-16 – amazing value!  In addition, there will be a prize draw for all our visitors.

To learn more visit the WineTech 2015 website or contact WGGA.

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AWRI releases 2015-16 ‘Dog book’

The 2015-16 issue of the ‘Dog book’ (Agrochemicals registered for use in Australian viticulture), published by the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), is now available.

In addition, the AWRI agrochemical update for June 2015 summarises the major changes in this ‘Dog book’ and can be viewed on the AWRI website.

If you have any queries or would like a copy of the ‘Dog book’ sent to you, please contact the AWRI Viticulture team at [email protected] or on 08 8313 6600.  Alternatively, a PDF version of the ‘Dog book’ can be downloaded from the AWRI website

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Wine Clubs webinar – 7 July

The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) are hosting a ‘Wine Clubs: What works, what doesn’t’ webinar which will look at the role wine clubs play in building brand awareness and boosting sales.

Ask the presenters questions and participate in discussions on the types of ecommerce in the wine industry, how to leverage your existing database and building a VIP experience outside the cellar door.

The webinar will run for an hour on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at 1:00pm (AEST).  It is free for WCA members and $55 for non-members.

To register or learn more visit the WCA website

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Tax changes from 1 July 2015

There are a number of commonwealth government changes taking effect from 1 July 2015.  Here are a few business owners/managers may like to be aware of:

  • Tax decreases for businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million
  • Accelerated deprecation expanded
  • Work related car expense deductions will be simplified
  • New business deductions for professional services
  • Super Clearing House expands eligibility
  • Minimum wage increase by 2.5%
  • ASIC fees increased

The Australian Small Business Commissioner’s website has further details.

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Don Martin Viticulture Fellowship – Applications Now Open

The Alcorso Foundation in partnership with Wine Tasmania, are offering Tasmania-based wine sector professionals a grant of $10,000 towards study-based travel or new research projects.

The 2015 Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship program is offered to travel/research projects being undertaken between January 2016 and December 2017.  Study-based travel is for a minimum of two weeks and maximum of three months, whilst research is for new projects only.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, actively employed in the Tasmanian wine sector and a resident of Tasmania for at least six of the past twelve months.

Expressions of interest are now open and close on 31 August 2015.

For further information visit the Wine Tasmania website.

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Murray River flows to vary this winter

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) advises that communities along on the River Murray in NSW and Victoria should expect varying flows during winter and consider adjusting their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.

To learn more visit the MDBA website or contact the MDBA on 1800 230 067.

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Recovery Grants available for NSW Farmers

In June, the government announced further assistance (in addition to the initial short-term assistance to communities) for storm-affected primary producers in the Hunter and Central Coast regions of New South Wales.

Farmers recovering from damage caused by severe flooding and storms may be eligible for clean-up and recovery grants of up to $15,000 to assist with repairing or replacing equipment and salvaging crops.  These grants apply to those affected by the NSW East Coast Storms and Floods, declared as a natural disaster in April this year.

Contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au to see if you are eligible.

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Rural Leadership Program – Applications Now Open

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is a leadership development program designed to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of their industries, businesses, communities and rural Australia in general.

It is a scholarship-based program that runs for up to 50 days, delivered in multiple sessions over 15 months, and is aimed at leaders who are part of the primary sector of the Australian economy.

Applications are now open.

Further information is available on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation website

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Choose the business structure that is right for you

Did you know that choosing whether to operate as a sole trader or as a company impacts:

  • Liabilities and responsibilities
  • Taxes and ongoing costs
  • Protection of assets belonging to people or the business?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has developed information products that are small business focused and help better understand whether a company, partnership, trust or sole trader is the best structure for your business.

Visit the ATO website  for further details.

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Latest R&D News from AGWA

Some recent R&D news from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) that may be of interest:

Visit the AGWA website for more R&D news.

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New energy efficiency investment loans available for agribusiness

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is providing $120 million through the National Australia Bank (NAB) to support a major investment program to help Australian businesses cut their energy and operating costs and lift business performance.

The finance supports small and large scale projects of up to $5 million, with a particular emphasis on agribusiness and regional Australia.  The NAB are offering no deposit, tailored repayments and 0.7% interest rate for funding of qualifying energy-efficient assets.

The investment areas include:

  • Upgrading light and heavy vehicles (higher fuel efficiency)
  • Irrigation (high efficiency engines and variable speed drives)
  • Conversion to solar energy
  • Upgrading buildings (more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning)
  • Introduction of new equipment (biogas, bio-digesters and micro-turbines)
  • Upgrading industrial and commercial refrigeration

Visit the CEFC website and the NAB website to learn more.


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suntric tax campaign - JulyAnnounced as part of the new Federal Budget, small businesses will be able to instantly write off business related purchase under $20k.

By investing in solar under this scheme you not only receive the advantage of the accelerated depreciation program you will also benefit from the longer term advantages associated with a solar.

To support members of WGGA, we are offering an exclusive opportunity to receive a FREE myWatt monitoring device with each solar system confirmed before November 30th 2015.  Just provide the following discount code and proof of membership: GG02ADP

For further information visit the Suntrix website at www.suntrix.com.au


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