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August 2016

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In this edition

  • WGGA Special General Meeting
  • Thanks to Justin Jarrett
  • WGGA clarifies national priorities
  • Competition to attend VINITECH SIFEL wine trade show in Bordeaux
  • Guide on the benefits of collective bargaining
  • Finlayson wine roadshow
  • Applications for travel bursaries
  • Entwine Membership
  • Become a WGGA sponsor in 2016-17
  • New law to protect farmers
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WGGA Special General Meeting – 8 September 2016

WGGA is pleased to announce that it will hold a Special General Meeting on Thursday 8 September 2016 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The purpose of the meeting is to make WGGA a more sustainable, representative and effective national advocacy body and will call for voting on changes to the current WGGA Constitution to reflect this.

Further information is on our website, including definition of a voting member, documents for download and venue details.


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Executive Committee Member Justin Jarrett hands over the reins…

Long-serving Deputy Chairman of WGGA, Justin Jarrett has decided to call it a day.  Justin has become increasingly busy developing and marketing his own wine brand, Sea Saw Wines.  In addition to the role of Deputy Chair, Justin has served on many committees, representing the nation’s growers in many areas.

The Chair and Executive Committee of WGGA all thank Justin for his past commitment and wish Justin, Pip and family all the best of success for the future.

Martin Gransden will be replacing Justin as the “Greater NSW and Queensland” representative on the WGGA executive committee.  Martin manages one of the largest private vineyards in NSW, and is a graduate of the industry “Future Leaders” program.

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WGGA Clarifies National Priorities

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Competition to attend the Vinitech Sifel wine trade show in Bordeau

Congratulations to Mary Retallack and Krys Smith on being successfully chosen to attend the Vinitech-Sifel international trade show in Bordeaux, France from 29th November to 1st December 2016.

Thank you to all who applied.

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New Guide for Farmers on Benefits of Collective Bargaining

Have you considered joining forces with other small businesses to negotiate a better deal?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently issued a new guide for farmers and small businesses on the potential benefits of negotiating with their suppliers or customers as a group (referred to as collective bargaining).  The aim of the guide is to provide some basic information about

  • what collective bargaining and collective boycotts are,
  • some issues to take into account if small businesses are thinking of working together, and
  • an outline of the ACCC approval process.

A copy of the guide is available from the ACCC website at


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Finlaysons Wine Roadshow 24

Finlaysons annual wine roadshow is on again for 2016.

This year’s focus is on family wine business succession.  Learn how to elevate your business by nurturing the next generation through a diligent succession process.

Half day seminars will be held in ten wine districts across Australia to allow as many winemakers, grapegrowers and other interested persons as possible to attend.  The timetable includes:

  • Swan Valley – 25 August
  • Margaret River – 26 August
  • Barossa – 30 August
  • McLaren Vale – 31 August
  • Hobart – 5 September
  • Yarra Valley – 6 September
  • Rutherglen – 7 September
  • Riverina – 8 September
  • Hunter Valley – 9 September
  • Coonawarra – 4 November

Full program details and seminar costs are available.

Visit the Finlaysons website to learn more – http://www.finlaysons.com.au/wine-roadshow-24/

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Applications Open for 2017 Travel Bursaries

Each year Wine Australia invests in travel and visiting scholar bursaries for the Australian grape and wine community. Travel bursaries are on offer to the Australian grape and wine sector to fund travel, study tours or conferences they wish to attend to develop their knowledge and skills, and network with the international research community.

Funding is also available to bring international experts to Australia to participate in workshops, meetings, conferences, symposia or research projects, and share their knowledge with the grape and wine community.
Applications are currently open for travel set to commence between 1 January and 30 June 2017.

Applications close on Friday 7 October 2016.

Visit the Wine Australia website for full details –


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Entwine Australia 2016/17 Membership Now Open

Entwine Australia membership is now open for 2016/17.

Entwine currently has more than 600 members across Australia who annually benchmark their sustainability performance to identify opportunities for improvement and to save money.

This year, vineyard members are also able to complete a self-assessment of their vineyard practices and access additional resources through Entwine. New members are always welcome! To get a feel for Entwine and the reports available to members, a free updated version of the Australian Wine Carbon Calculator is now available, along with an updated user manual

For more information, visit the AWRI website and join online at


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Become a WGGA Sponsor in 2016-17

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the 2016-17 financial year.As the peak industry body for winegrape growers in Australia, we can offer you maximum exposure to the industry.

Contact Nikki to discuss possible opportunities on 08 8133 4404 or via email on [email protected]

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New law on unfair contracts to provide protection for farmers

From 12 November 2016 a new law comes into place that will protect farmers and small businesses from unfair contract terms.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging businesses in the agriculture sector to review the standard form contracts that are provided to farmers and other small businesses.
Further information is available on the ACCC website, including educational videos that explain business rights and obligations under the new law.

If a farmer is concerned about the terms of a contract they have received, they should visit the ACCC website or contact the ACCC’s Agriculture Unit for assistance.


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