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  • Congratulations to WineTech prize winners
  • Call for RD&E project applications
  • Victorian Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee – Membership Call
  • New pest and disease app
  • AWITC – call for workshops
  • Young Farmer Scholarship Program – Now Open
  • Funding Grants for Women in Agriculture
  • ACCC Small Business Network
  • Latest biosecurity news from PHA
  • Winetitles launches Classifieds
  • NSW Water Pricing Review
  • Latest RD&E news from Wine Australia 


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Congratulations to WineTech prize winners

Congratulations to David Cavanagh from Yarrah Park Vineyard (SA) and Tony Cahir from Watson’s Creek Wines (Victoria) who visited the WGGA stand at WineTech in July and were the lucky winners of our prize draw.  Tony won a copy of Kym Anderson’s Growth and Cycles in Australia’s Wine Industry and David is now the proud owner of a WGGA umbrella.

Thank you to all our visitors over the three days – it was lovely to speak to so many growers and even to sign up a few new members!

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Call for RD&E project applications

Wine Australia are inviting RD&E project applications in five key areas, as identified in their recently released five-year strategic plan.

Applications will be sought in two separate rounds in 2015, with the first round now open for projects in the areas of customer insights and digital viticulture.

Preliminary project applications for these two areas are due by Friday 14 August 2015 and are anticipated to commence from January 2016.

The second round will begin in October and will cover the remaining three research areas of climate adaption, sustainability and quality and provenance.

Further information is available on the Wine Australia website

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Victorian Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee – Membership Call

The Victorian Government has committed to establishing a Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee (Wine MAC) to advise the Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development on opportunities for and issues affecting the long term performance and sustainability of the Victorian wine industry.

Expressions of Interest for membership on the Wine MAC are now open and will close on Friday 7 August 2015.

Further details are available on the Wine MAC website or by contacting (03) 8392 7128 or [email protected]

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New pest and disease app

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Food in Western Australia, is developing a new pest and disease app for grapevines.

The app is aimed at assisting growers identify and manage exotic and endemic pests and diseases.  Growers will be able to submit queries, including photos, for assistance with identification.  Once a pest or disease has been identified, a link to the AWRI ‘Dog Book’ will provide information on control options and withholding periods for agrochemicals.  It will also help provide an early warning of a pest or diseases epidemic, or an incursion that is new to a region.

The app is expected to be launched in December 2015 and will be available for both Apple and Android devices.

For more information contact Paul Petrie at AWRI on (08) 8313 6600 or [email protected]

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AWITC – call for workshops

The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) is currently calling for Expressions of Interest from those who are interested in convening a workshop at the conference in July 2016.

To register or learn more visit the AWITC website

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Young Farmer Scholarship Program – Now Open

The Victorian State Government has established a scholarship program tailored to the professional needs of young farmers.

The Young Farmer Scholarship Program is designed to provide young farmers with up to $5,000 towards training or study, backed by further funds (up to an additional $5,000) to invest on-farm or in professional development, putting new skills into practice.

There are 10-15 scholarships available to Victorian farmers aged 35 years or under.

Applications close on Friday 21 August 2015.

Visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries website for eligibility criteria and the program guidelines, or contact the Young Farmer Coordinator on (03) 5833 5254 or [email protected]

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Funding Grants for Women in Agriculture

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) are administering a national grant initiative to support the development of female leaders across the agriculture sector.

The initiative is designed to provide women with grants for leadership development, and are open to women employed in the agriculture sector at two levels:

  1. Senior Management – eligible for individual grants of $12,000
  2. Middle Level Managers – eligible for individual grants of $4,500

Expressions of interest are now open.

Additional information is available on the WLA website or by contacting Ian Johnson on (03) 9270 9000 or [email protected]

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ACCC Small Business Network

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the federal government agency which regulates Australia’s competition and consumer protection laws, and undertakes a range of activities to promote competition and fair trade in the marketplace.

The ACCC’s Small Business Information Network (SBIN) is a free email service designed to provide subscribers with timely small business-related updates on a range of issues including:

  • Scams targeting small businesses
  • Changes to Australia’s competition and consumer laws
  • Enforcement action
  • ACCC events and surveys
  • New or updated resources

To subscribe or learn more visit the ACCC website

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Latest biosecurity news from PHA

Some recent biosecurity news from Plant Health Australia (PHA) may be of interest:

ABARES report on value of biosecurity system to producers

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) recently released the report The value of Australia’s biosecurity system at the farm gate: an analysis of avoided trade and on-farm impacts. Click here to learn more

National Fruit Fly RD&E Plan launched

A 20 year plan to manage the risks of exotic fruit fly species entering Australia has been launched by the Plant Biosecurity CRC. Click here to learn more

New biosecurity laws for Queensland

The introduction of a general biosecurity obligation under the new Biosecurity Act 2014, which is expected to come into force in early 2016, will mean that Queenslanders will have to take an active role in managing biosecurity risks under their control. Click here to learn more

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Winetitles launches Classifieds

Winetitles Media has recently launched its Classifieds resource – an online selling and buying tool for anyone with an interest in the wine industry.

Users can log onto www.winetitlesclassifieds.com.au and browse categories including wine jobs, grapes & bulk wine, used equipment, real estate and services & supplies.

Sellers can create basic listings free of charge and connect directly with Winetitles readers.  Buyers can peruse items and compare marketplace prices.

As an introductory offer, Winetitles is offering WGGA members 50% discount on optional extras for any first time listings.  This means sellers could include photos, videos and live weblinks (for example) at half the normal price.

To learn more visit the Winetitles Classifieds website


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NSW Water Pricing Review

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is reviewing the prices that the DPI Water (formerly the NSW Office of Water) can charge for the services it delivers on behalf of the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (WAMC).

The aim is to set prices to recover the costs of providing DPI Water’s water management services.  The new prices are planned to be in force from 1 July 2016.

In June, IPART released an Issues Paper which outlined their approach to the determination of prices, and includes a number of questions on which stakeholder feedback is sought.

Submissions from stakeholders and members of the public are now open and due by Friday 9 October 2015.  Stakeholders will also be able to provide input into the review by participating in the Public Hearings in November 2015.

To view the Issues Paper or to obtain more information visit the IPART website or contact Alexandra Sidorenko on (02) 9113 7769 or [email protected]

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Latest RD&E news from Wine Australia

Some recent RD&E news from Wine Australia (previously AGWA) that may be of interest:

Visit the Wine Australia website to sign up for the Wine Australia RD&E newsletter.


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