1.  WGGA Annual General Meeting to be held on 8 November 2012 in Adelaide

The fourth Annual General Meeting of WGGA will be held on Thursday 8 November 2012 at The Hackney Hotel in South Australia.  Registration is open at 10:00am with the AGM commencing at 10:30am and scheduled for finish around midday.  Coffee and tea will be available on arrival and after the meeting, a light lunch will be provided. 

Later on the program, Dr Jo Luck, from the CRC for Plant Biosecurity will be our guest speaker and will make the case for investing in winegrape biosecurity. 

Constitutional changes will be voted on at the meeting plus the recommendation that a minimum fee be set for WGGA membership.  To view the proposed motions visit the following link on our website:
http://www.wgga.com.au/overview/wgga-annual-general-meetings/wgga-2012-agm

RSVP’s should be made to the WGGA office by 24 October 2012.

[South Australian growers should note that the AGM of the Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) will follow the lunch (to which they are invited), commencing at 1:00pm.]

 

2.  Draft Biosecurity Legislation released for public comment

All chapters of the draft biosecurity legislation have now been released for public comment.  Any interested stakeholder is encouraged to provide comment as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for feedback to be considered and any changes incorporated.

Feedback can also be provided through the WGGA office for submission to the Commonwealth.

Further information can be found at www.biosecurity.govspace.gov.au

Consultation closes on 24 October 2012.

 

3.  The Basin Plan is now in the Minister’s hands

Toward the end of August, the Basin plan entered the period allowed for the Commonwealth Minister, the Hon Tony Burke MP, to provide comment.  This followed a three week period the Basin ministers had to present final comments to Minister Burke for his consideration.  Both their consensus views and individual state views were presented to the Minister and from this point, any suggestions or directions about further changes to the Basin Plan can only come from the Commonwealth minister.

Relevant documents can be accessed from: www.mdba.gov.au/proposed-basin-plan.

 

4.  Royal Adelaide Wine Show luncheon open to all

The Royal Adelaide Wine Show will be held on Friday 12 October 2012 at the Adelaide Showgrounds.  It includes a three-course lunch with the award-winning wines from the Show, announcing of the winner of the ‘Shiraz Trophy’ and a guest speaker presentation by James Halliday.

For more information or to book online visit the Wine Communicators Australia website at http://bit.ly/SpkJqf or call Jennifer Barwick on 0413 512 745.

 

5.  Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship open to students interested in a wine industry career

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is seeking students who are passionate about careers in the Australian wine industry.  Partnering with the Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show has partnered with RASF to provide education scholarships. 

The Graham Thorp Scholarship is the first in a suite of scholarships.  It is a national scholarship for tertiary students (University, TAFE, or VET courses) with no age or course limitations, but the applicant will need to demonstrate a strong wine industry career pathway through their course of study.

Applications for this scholarship are now open.  To find out more or to apply please visit www.rasnsw.com.au/1813.htm.

Applications close on 15 November 2012 with the successful applicants announced on 14 February 2013 at the Sydney Royal Wine Show Awards Dinner.

 

6.  APVMA release chemical review reports for Fenthion and Diuron

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have been reviewing fenthion for a number of years and diuron since 2002, and have recently released updated findings for both chemicals as part of its review process.

The 2012 Fenthion Residues and Dietary Risk Assessment Report can be accessed via the APVMA website at http://www.apvma.gov.au/news_media/media_releases/2012/mr2012-09.php.  The assessment concluded that exposures to chemical residues remaining on certain treated produce are above the relevant health standard.  Therefore, the APVMA proposes to suspend certain fenthion products as an interim regulatory action while it completes further assessments on the chemical.

The 2012 Diuron Review Findings and four Environmental Risk Assessment Reports can be accessed via the APVMA website at http://www.apvma.gov.au/products/review/current/diuron.php.  The assessment concluded that some uses of diuron continue to present an undue hazard to the environment, specifically adverse effects in aquatic systems, and continued use cannot be supported.  The APVMA has taken first steps towards finalisation by asking registrants to ‘show cause’ as to why finalisation (as proposed in the review findings) should not occur and if finalisation proceeds, it will; specify restrictions on use.  For information on the proposed restrictions, alternatives and FAQs, go to: http://www.apvma.gov.au/products/review/current/diuron.php.

Questions can be answered through the email address [email protected] or phone (02) 6210 4749.

 

7.  PIRSA releases latest version of the SA Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS)

The PQS Version 9.2 was released in early August and outlines the requirements and conditions for movement of produce into the state.  These conditions are now in effect and penalties apply for acting contravening to them.  The Standard can be accessed at: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecuritysa/planthealth/legislation.

 

 

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

Lawrie Stanford | Executive Director       E: [email protected]
Kelly Bonser       | Office Administrator  E: [email protected]