1.            WGGA 2012-13 Membership Drive – become a member today!

WGGA membership is open to all Australian winegrape growers, and any other person or entity with an interest in winegrape growing.  As a member you get personal, advanced delivery of current grower information including The United Grower newsletter, e-Alerts on opportunities and events for growers, and data analysis.  You also get access to the Members-Only area of the WGGA website, as well as direct access to WGGA executive personnel for influence on policy and programs.

As a bonus, special offers are available on the Grapegrower and Winemaker and Grapegrower and Vignerons magazines.

PLUS, this year we will be offering an incentive to existing members who re-join!

You’ve got everything to gain by joining!

Remember – membership benefits the whole sector by assisting the delivery of general advocacy and services that benefit all winegrape growing businesses, so get behind YOUR national voice today!

If you are automatically a member as a contributor to the SA Grape Grower Industry Fund, we still need you to register with us so we know where/how to deliver these direct benefits available to you.

For more information on WGGA activities, as well as details on our 2012-13 membership, please visit our website at www.wgga.com.au.


2.            Proposed Merger of Wine Australia (WAC) and Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) – make your opinion heard by the Minister!

Consultation with State and Regional Associations on the proposed merger of WAC and GWRDC has now occurred, and we thank those who attended and provided their views.

We are now asking you to formalise your thoughts on this topic so that WGGA and WFA can present all views to the Minister.  WGGA has set up an online feedback form that you can access directly from our website, or via the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XGQ5CGV.

The survey only consists of 5 questions and has an area for additional comments – it is very user-friendly and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

We encourage you to provide your written feedback via this online form, or alternatively you can email the WGGA Executive Director directly at [email protected].  Responses are due by 14 July 2012, to allow enough time for WGGA and WFA to consolidate into an overall report (individual submissions will be appended) for the Hon Joe Ludwig at the end of July.

The government’s decision will be based on industry opinions.  You need to provide feedback and have your voice heard.


3.            Curtin University’s research project: Understanding Small Business Scams

Recent international research shows that the majority of small businesses have lost money and time to scammers. Are you at risk?

Curtin University in Western Australia is undertaking a research project to scope the prevalence of scams committed against small businesses, and need your help.  By completing their online survey you will be assisting them to develop an understanding of small business scams in Australia and how to prevent them.

Even if you have not experienced a loss through scam, your involvement may provide important clues about why you have not been targeted.

The questionnaire should only take 10-15 minutes to complete and there is a prize of a new Tablet (PC or iPad) as an incentive to participate!  To partake please click the following link:  http://curtinbusiness.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_djauP8WPTlpfY1e

For further information please visit www.business.curtin.edu.au/business/small-business.


4.            WGGA Decision Support Network – a step toward future grower leadership

WGGA has established a Decision Support Network (DSN) designed to provide input into WGGA Executive Committee meetings on industry issues.  This initiative aims to provide opportunities for potential future grower leaders.  It will:

  • extend and build future grower leadership
  • provide the opportunity for growers with regional experience to become familiar with national grower issues
  • promote and enhance Australian viticulture
  • broaden input into WGGA decision-making.

The group is currently made up of 4 graduates from the Future Leaders program.  The group met in May to test the value of the concept and to devise the terms of reference, with a representative of the DSN also attending their first WGGA Executive Committee meeting on 6 June 2012.

The current members of the DSN are interested in hearing from other “young” growers or viticulturist who would like to participate.  Expressions of interest are now open.

To learn more or to download a DSN Application Form, please visit the WGGA website (www.wgga.com.au).


5.            The Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) signed

On 22 May 2012 the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) was signed, providing increased opportunities for Australian agricultural exports to the Malaysian market. 

For further information, including the background and full text of the Agreement, please visit the DFAT website at: www.dfat.gov.au/fta/mafta.


6.            The History of Australian Wine – stories from the vineyard to the cellar door

The History of Australian Wine is a recently released account of the Australian wine industry’s development throughout the 20th century.  Authored by Max Allen, this book offers personal insights into how Australian wine has received its phenomenal international reputation with firsthand recollections from winemakers, cellar hands, business leaders and winegrape growers.

This is a Melbourne University Publication, and full details about this book can be found on their website: http://catalogue.mup.com.au/978-0-522-85614-9.html.


7.            WGGA Executive Committee Meeting Summary – 6 June 2012

The last WGGA Executive Committee meeting was held on 6 June 2012 in Mildura, Victoria.

In an effort to keep our members in-touch with WGGA activities and issues, the following summary of the major topics addressed at this meeting is provided:

  •   Appointment of Andrew Weeks as the Riverland zone representative on the Committee
  •   A sub-committee presented proposals for updating the WGGA Constitution
  •   The draft WGGA Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 and the 2012-13 Annual Operating Plan were reviewed and communicated
  •   Members’ Only Website Access Policy was approved
  •   Code of Conduct matters were discussed
  •   A proposal for grower development funding through the GWRDC was approved
  •   National biosecurity protocols were discussed.

If you have any queries or would like to learn more about WGGA’s current activities and priorities then please feel free to visit our website at www.wgga.com.au or contact Executive Director Lawrie Stanford on (08) 8133 4400.


8.            AWRI ‘dog book’ – agrochemicals registered for use in Australian viticulture

Every season the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) issues new guidelines for agrochemical use for viticulture in what’s known as the ‘dog book’.  The booklet for 2012-13 has now been released.

To obtain a copy of this current booklet please visit AWRI’s website for full details: http://www.awri.com.au/industry_support/viticulture/agrochemicals/agrochemical_booklet/


9.            Sneak Peak of the upcoming issue of The United Grower (July 2012)

The latest edition of The United Grower newsletter will be released on 9 July 2012.  Here is a sneak peak at the topics covered this issue:

  • Supply adjustments – as good as it gets?
  • Stop press: RWGA re-engages with WGGA
  • Help us help your business – all winegrape growers urged to sign up for 2012-13 membership
  • WGGA Decision Support Network
  • Biosecurity and vine health for major development by WGGA in 2012-13
  • WGGA achievements in 2011-12
  • Comings and goings…
  • WGGA planned budget expenditures in 2012-13


10.          Office Workstation for Sale

A workstation in EXCELLENT condition is up for grabs!

  • Includes corner desk, mobile pedestal and chair
  • Grey melamine base with beech/storm veneer top
  • Desk dimensions: 1500W x 900D x 710H (left side of desk) and 1900W x 600D x 710H (right side of desk)
  • Pedestal ideal for storage below or next to desk, and comes with solid back and lockable drawers
  • Ergonomic desk chair with high back and contoured lumbar support, and comes in charcoal fabric

This furniture is less than 5 years old and would make an ideal addition to any business or home office.  The furniture is currently in storage at Pennington, SA.

If you would like to know more please contact the WGGA office on (08) 8133 4400 or [email protected]


If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to contact us:

Lawrie Stanford | Executive Director       E: [email protected] or

Kelly Bonser       | Office Administrator   E: [email protected]