Wine producers… listen up

In something of a shock to the industry, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) has notified wine producers that the State Government has asked industry to consider the abolition of the Cellar Door Liquor Subsidy Scheme in favour of a $1.8 million a year Wine Industry Fund. In notifying Riverland Wine, David Leach, PIRSA’s Wine Account Manager stressed that the Department is committed to involving all South Australian wine industry stakeholders who may be affected to ensure consultation is thorough. He said it is the government’s intention to “debate and decide” rather than “announce and defend” any potential changes.

PIRSA has responsibility for the prosperity of the state’s primary industries and regions. It’s in that capacity the government has asked the department to lead the consultation process. Facilitated workshops will be held throughout the State.

The Riverland session will be held on Monday, July 8 at the Berri Resort Hotel commencing at 2pm.

Information about the consultation process, including a discussion paper and an online form for people to submit responses is on the PIRSA website. http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/winefund PIRSA wants all producers to understand the way the current subsidy scheme is utilised in South Australia and whether there might be a more effective way to support the industry strategically, via the creation of a Wine Industry Fund.

Abolition is by no means a pre-determined outcome; hence the importance of members actively participating in the process to ensure the best outcome, one that will strengthen the entire South Australia’s wine industry. The consultation period will end on July 24, 2015. All submissions and outcomes from the workshops will be collated and analysed by PIRSA.

Input from stakeholders will inform the subsequent recommendations to Cabinet, where the final decision on the proposition will be made later in the year. To get further involved members can contact Riverland Wine 8584 5816 or email or David Leach, PIRSA Wine Account Manager, on 8204 9685 or email with your comments

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