New WGGA Representative

Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) has appointed Ben Rose as the new Greater Victoria and Tasmania representative on the executive committee. Mr Rose fills the vacancy left by the sad loss of Kym Ludvigsen who died in a farm accident in December 2013.

A viticultural consultant with Performance Viticulture, Mr Rose grew up in the wine industry and still has an active involvement in the family vineyard.

Lawrie Stanford, Executive Director of WGGA, noted that Ben was very well qualified to represent the greater Victorian and Tasmanian winegrape growing community. “As a viticultural consultant for over 15 years, he has expertise in a number of areas from economics and business through to the technical dimensions of viticulture”, Mr Stanford said.

WGGA Executive Committee met in Mildura this week. Topics for discussion included: WGGA biosecurity program; Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct reforms; a program to make proven, safe and reliable agricultural chemicals available to winegrape growers; and the ongoing campaign to improve commercial practices between growers and wine companies to yield better results for the winegrape growing businesses and wine sector as a whole.

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