All Riverland growers and winemakers should grab their diaries or smartphones and block out May 8 and June 4 for two outstanding seminars. Both will be held at the McCormick Centre, Renmark.
The first is an AWRI – GWRDC event: AWRI will be presenting half a dozen information sessions about key topics, chosen by Riverland Wine members. After a superb lunch catered by the McCormick Centre, the GWRDC will present their post-harvest care workshop.
One month later, on June 4, the RVTG and Phylloxera Board will present a (Phylloxera) Outbreak Simulation.
This will involve the Alan Nankivell, CEO of the Board, Geoff Raven, manager of Plant and Food standards at Biosecurity SA and a number of Riverland identities in a role play. The scenario will illustrate what will happen when there is a Phylloxera outbreak in the region; who will assume authority, who will impose quarantine regulations, whose properties will be affected, which wineries will be affected and quite possibly, who’s to blame etc.
Following lunch on that day, the WGGA’s biosecurity manager, Rachel Barrett, will co-present with Plant Health Australia, a Biosecurity Workshop outlining biosecurity policy and how it will impact the grape and wine industry. It will cover similar ground to the Phylloxera outbreak including who will take control in the event of an incursion of an exotic pest or disease and whether or not compensation will be offered and if so, how such compensation will be funded (by industry).
The McCormick Centre will accommodate up to 90 attendees. There will be no cost to members. Please urge all of your industry friends to attend these very important events. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Kate at Riverland Wine by phone (8584 5816) or email.