Vinehealth Australia has undertaken a comprehensive review of the phylloxera-related conditions in SA’s Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS) and is now seeking industry feedback on the proposed changes.
Our State’s phylloxera-free status is in part due to a set of conditions that outline entry requirements for grapes, grape products, machinery, equipment, grapevine material and vineyard soil that could carry phylloxera into the state. These conditions are contained in the SA PQS.
A comprehensive PQS consultation pack is available on the Vinehealth Australia website comprising a full list of proposed changes, the state pest risk analysis, an evaluation of recent phylloxera research, frequently asked questions and a feedback form.
To facilitate the industry consultation stage, Vinehealth Australia:
- Has written to all SA vineyard owners on Vinehealth Australia’s vineyard register outlining the changes and inviting feedback;
- Will be holding meetings with regional associations and their viticulture or technical committees;
- Is inviting feedback from and notifying:
- wineries through SAWIA and WFA communication channels
- key nursery and vine improvement groups
- the table grape sector
- all state and territory biosecurity regulators
- Biosecurity SA accredited laboratories in SA
Individuals and business who wish to discuss the proposed changes can do so by contacting Inca Pearce (CEO) and Suzanne McLoughlin (Technical Manager), phone 8273 0550 or email.
At the end of the consultation period, Vinehealth Australia will assess feedback received and provide to Biosecurity SA and the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, a set of recommended changes to the phylloxera-related conditions in South Australia’s PQS.