Last week the national grape grower body, WGGA met in Canberra, with Andrew Weeks present as the Riverland representative to WGGA. This meeting coincided with a function to mark the end of the operation of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) and Wine Australia Corporation (WAC) as separate entities. Both will be merged into a new, combined statutory body known as the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA).
For the second year the Winemakers Federation invited the WGGA members along to meet with politicians at an informal function in parliament house. This is always a great opportunity to raise the profile of the Riverland and other wine – producing regions, and enlighten politicians and their staff to the important issues facing the industry. This function and other related meetings reinforced the need to continually make politicians and their advisers aware of the particular aspects of this industry and this region; to ensure that any policy formation is based on sound knowledge and advice. For more information about what’s happening with the WGGA see their latest e-alert for June2014.