The Government has released details of the scheme that will replace the Cellar Door Subsidy. The new scheme spells ‘opportunities’ for this region; opportunities to work together with PIRSA to raise the profile of the industry’s undercarriage, to redefine innovation, to collaborate with food and tourism enterprises and to boost the Riverland reputation for premium food and wine from this unique, clean, green wine producing environment.
$1M of the fund is available for Cellar Door operators in individual grants of up to $25K on a $ for $ basis. A further $600K has been allocated for the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants program. This will enable regional grape and wine industry associations, such as Riverland Wine, to develop regional wine tourism and visitor experiences, with grants of up to $50K available (on a $ for $ basis). So this is your chance to have your say; to float that great idea you have been suppressing while the industry has been ‘under the pump’. As Anthony Mundine remarked recently, ‘it’s not about the setback bro, it’s all about the comeback’. These grants will hasten that return.
So speak up, share your ideas, have a crack. Let’s make the most of this opportunity to redefine regional pride through innovation. Let’s make sure we claim a reasonable share of the funds on offer through PIRSA. Don’t be shy, email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0419 555 001 to discuss possibilities.