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Following an outbreak of fruit fly declared in Loxton on December 7, larvae have since been detected in the 1.5km outbreak area, resulting in an extension of quarantine restrictions until at least April 15, 2019.

Did you know regulations have changed under the Heavy Vehicle National Law? Changes to the Chain of Responsibility laws came into effect on October 1, 2018. The changes align these laws more closely with workplace health and safety laws, meaning everyone in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain (including farmers) have a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities and that breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law do not occur.

Applications are open for the 2019 vintage of Australia’s grape and wine sector leadership development program – Future Leaders.

In late 2017, Adelaide film production company, 57 Films, spent several days in the Riverland working with regional food, wine, beer and tourism producers and promoters, capturing footage for an episode of the television series Chef Exchange.

Did you know regulations have changed under the Heavy Vehicle National Law? Not sure if your farm business is compliant? Find out what you need to do and get practical tips and advice.

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.

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.

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.

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