Riverland growers and winemakers welcomed the national executive of Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) to the region last week for an exchange of ideas and information about a wide range of issues affecting Australian grape growers.
WGGA CEO, Laurie Stanford, said "it was a great opportunity to meet growers and winemakers from the Riverland and to touch base with the various committees. For some of the national executive members this was their first visit to the region and they appreciated the opportunity to meet the people and share points of view on a range of issues".
The federal body has a clear focus on a range of challenges confronting industry including:
• Developing a National biosecurity plan;
• Working to establish a National Vineyard Register;
• Establishing MRL's for phosphorous acid in China;
• Demonstrating the benefits of using more objective measures to wine grape payments;
• Advocating an Entwine Program that is more relevant for growers and
• Developing and promulgating a WGGA Wine Tax Policy.
Riverland Wine Executive Officer, Chris Byrne commented that it was a very positive exchange of views and the region's growers and winemakers look forward to collaborating closely with WGGA on each of the priorities discussed. The WGGA is very appreciative of the untiring efforts and input on the part of Andrew Weeks the region's representative on the National Executive.