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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator will support Riverland Wine in presenting a couple of workshops early in the New Year. These will be at Loxton Research Centre on Monday, January 21 (3:30pm) and Banrock Station on Tuesday, January 22 (8:30am).

Chain of Responsibility and possible Grape Industry Code of Conduct will be considered.

South Australia’s enviable phylloxera-free status is in part due to a set of conditions that outline entry requirements for grapes, grape products, machinery, equipment, grapevine material and vineyard soil that could carry phylloxera into the state.  These conditions form part of a document called ‘South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS)’.

As mentioned in the wrap of industry meetings above biosecurity is a critical matter for all Riverland producers. Since the fruit fly outbreak in Loxton, Friday December 7, Biosecurity SA has been working around the clock with representatives from all sectors to ensure eradication is achieved by February 26 and that all growers are aware of obligations in relation to the movement of fruit.

It’s expected that within the next few days a refined set of instructions will be published. At this stage, negotiations are still proceeding around safe movement of winegrapes within the quarantine zone and/or through the zone. Stay tuned for a special bulletin.

Since the decision to amalgamate the two peak industry bodies the State Council has agreed that the interim four person management committee, representing the vignerons, will include one Riverland representative, one non-Riverland (SA) representative, one non-SA vigneron and Heather Webster as chair of WGCSA.

The Members Meetings recently convened in the Fortified Wines Barrel Room at Berri Estates covered many different topics. The 100+ members who attended heard a series of presentations from Accolade Wines, the Winemakers Federation (WFA), the ACCC, Riverland Wine and Jim Caddy.

CropWatch has been a regular part of the growing season for decades in this region; since the 1980s in fact. Many have referred to it as their ‘Bible’ especially in the ‘high risk period’ from September to December. CropWatch was developed by scientists from the Loxton Research Centre and run for many years as a ‘phone in service’ and then a fax service to subscribers. Since 2002, Riverland Wine (RW) has been responsible for the service.

For those who have not yet made the note in their diary, please make your choice and contact Kate 8584 5816 or admin@riverlandwine.com.au to register for the BBQ meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 3:30pm or the breakfast meeting Friday, December 7 at 7:30am. Both meetings will be convened in the Fortified Wines - Barrel Hall at Berri Estates Winery.

The Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) – which are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society —work to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

There is never a week that passes that someone doesn’t murmur “wouldn’t it be a good idea if we had a Riverland and Mallee Primary Producers Business Centre” (RaMPP)

Regular readers may have noted in their diaries last week to attend Riverland Wine Members Meetings on November 19 and 20.

Please note those dates have been moved out to Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7.

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