Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Australian Vignerons (AV) have entered into formal discussions on a potential amalgamation of the two industry bodies, to create a single united peak body, to represent the Australian grape and wine sector at the federal level.
WFA Chief Executive, Tony Battaglene commented on the proposal of a single body, saying “there have been discussions over the years for reform of the grape and wine sector representative bodies, with a particular sentiment for greater unity and representation of the sector as a whole”.
“It is clear to me, that political parties of all persuasions would welcome representation from a single body for the grape and wine sector and our advocacy efforts would be muchstronger” Mr Battaglene said.
WFA and AV have been holding discussions on how to achieve better service delivery for the whole sector. AV Chief Executive Officer, Anna Hooper said “the creation of a single body will provide stronger representation for our members, improve efficiency and increase positive outcomes for the entire grape and wine sector. This proposal demonstrates a fantastic example of collaboration and leadership that Australian Vignerons is proud to be part of. We look forward to the prospect of being able to deliver more for our members, and the sector as a whole, should the membership support the proposed reform”.
WFA and AV are nowin formal discussions on the structure of a single organisation, with the objective of a vote on the amalgamated body to be presented to Members in November 2018.
Both WFA and AV Boards support thesemoves, and believe that this is an important first step to better deliver outcomes for the sector as a whole, and will enable the delivery of a program of work that will benefit all sector participants.
The Australian Vignerons website has more information about this topic available for growers. To visit the website, click here.
The Wine Grape Council of SA is a key member of Primary Producers SA, the united voice of South Australia's primary production industries. See below for a press release from PPSA regarding the 2018 South Australian Budget, released on September 4.
Primary Producers SA has welcomed a range of the new initiatives and delivery of election promises in the State Government's first budget.
PPSA Executive Chairman Rob Kerin says the move by the government to reduce costs is a win for farm businesses, including changes to the Emergency Services Levy and payroll tax, capping natural resources management and state-wide initiatives in reducing energy costs.
“Given majority of farm businesses are small businesses, any assistance with reducing costs is welcomed and will position our industry to continue to grow and expand its contribution to the SA economy,” Mr Kerin said.
“In particular, the increased flexibility on stamp duty exemptions for transferring the family farm are very welcome and will lead to better business handling of such transfers."
“In addition, we welcome the $10 million over three years for mobile black spots. We hope this can leverage considerable amounts of Federal and other funds to address what is a major business, social and safety handicap for many regional areas of SA.
“We are also pleased to see a dedicated funding stream for projects to improve regional roads and infrastructure. This fund of $315 million over four years will continue to improve transport efficiency and safety in the regions.
“Access to health services in regional areas is a major concern for residents so we welcome the investments in country health facilities, $20 million over four years for the Rural Health Workforce Strategy and $6.8 million over four years to establish the Local Health Network Governing Boards.”
However, Mr Kerin says the sector remains concerned about ongoing investment in Primary Industries & Regions SA – the key department linking farmers and the broader primary production industry to the government.
“Research, development and biosecurity are vital to the growth of the food, wine and fibre sectors, which are continued performers when it comes to exports from SA. We are pleased Minister for Agriculture Tim Whetstone has protected SARDI and biosecurity from minor budget cuts to PIRSA. However significant increases in funding in future years will be needed.”
Grain Producers SA Chairman Wade Dabinett says the organisation welcomes the budget commitment to review cultivation of genetically modified crops in South Australia – a major issue for the state’s grain farmers.
“We welcome the retention of SARDI as a stand-alone unit of PIRSA but, like PPSA, we are seeking increased investment in R&D. GPSA will be closely watching the delivery of the renewed research investment framework over the next 12 months, as foreshadowed in the budget papers,” Mr Dabinett said.
“The State Government has also announced it will be investigating the establishment of a joint grain and mineral port on Eyre Peninsula through Infrastructure SA, so we will be seeking more detail of the extent of that review and how GPSA can have input on behalf of our members.”
Livestock SA President Joe Keynes says the organisation is pleased with the level of investment in issues important to the livestock sector.
“Livestock SA is pleased to see the increased funding for the control of wild dogs in the State Budget – this is for a trapper service enhanced baiting and dog fence improvements,” he said.
“Funding for Biosecurity SA to encourage livestock producers to use One Biosecurity and funding in SARDI for developing new strategies to improve the success rate of artificial insemination in sheep demonstrates that the livestock industries have not been forgotten by the State Government.”
WGCSA members are invited to attend the South Australian Wine Industry Association's practical briefing regarding the new labour hire and licensing laws set to come in in February 2019.
These briefings will be held across the state and have been specifically designed for the wine industry and labour hire & contracting providers.
WGCSA members are able to attend the briefings at the SAWIA member rate of $140 per person including GST.
Dates and venues -
Visit the SAWIA website to find out more and register.
The South Australian Grape Grower Industry Fund (SAGGIF) is being reviewed as required by legislation. The voluntary levy is calculated at $1 per tonne of grapes sold.
The SAGGIF ensures that SA wine grape growers’ interests are strongly represented at a state and national level. Grower representatives who make up the Wine Grape Council of SA are recommending a change to the way contributions are calculated to update to the fund and reflect changes in the industry.
If you register, you will receive information to explain the proposal and details on how to vote. We need all growers to update their details on our website using data from Vintage 2018
Only those who register are eligible to vote.
Not sure if you are eligible to vote? Visit the registration page for examples of membership.
Registrations close at 5pm on Friday August 31. To register, click the button below.
If you have problems or questions - please ring me on 0419 039 508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WGCSA Business Manager
Wine Australia released the 2018 Vintage Report earlier today with good news for grape growers. The average purchase value per tonne increased across the state by 4 per cent from $680 in 2017 to $710 per tonne in 2018.
The total estimated value of the crush was just under $590 million in 2018 compared with $658 million in 2017, reflecting the decrease in tonnes felt by most regions.
The total reported crush of South Australian winegrapes in 2018 was 747,361 tonnes. This was a decrease of 13 per cent compared with the above-average 2017 reported crush of 863,279 tonnes. The crush was just above the 10-year average (2008-2017) of 739,572 tonnes.
The top three regions by volume in 2018 were the Riverland with 60 per cent of the crush (447,410 tonnes), Barossa Valley including Barossa zone other with 8 per cent (56,970 tonnes) and Langhorne Creek with 6 per cent (44,695 tonnes).
Most regions had reported decreases in tonnes crushed, including the Barossa Valley (down 21 per cent), Langhorne Creek (down 24 per cent), McLaren Vale (down 19 per cent) and Clare Valley (down 17 per cent). Regions in the Limestone Coast incurred particularly large reductions, with Wrattonbully down 52 per cent and Padthaway down 48 per cent.
Looking at the top varieties for each region and it was McLaren Vale Shiraz, Clare Riesling, Riverland Chardonnay and Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved the best price increases. Particular mention to Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon which reached its highest value since 2003.
Weighted average prices decreased slightly for Barossa Shiraz and Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc.
To read the full 2018 Vintage Reports click the links below.
National Vintage Report
South Australian Vintage Summary Report
South Australian Vintage Full Report
Are you a member of the Wine Grape Council of South Australia?
Keep reading to have your say on the future of the SA Grape Grower Industry Fund.
The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) is the peak body for South Australian independent grape growers. It is funded through a voluntary contribution, paid on SA wine grapes into the South Australian Grape Grower Industry Fund (SAGGIF). The contribution is calculated at $1 per tonne of grapes sold.
We are currently in the process of reviewing the SAGGIF as per our legislative requirement. The SAGGIF ensures that SA wine grape growers’ interests are strongly represented at a state and national level.
The Wine Grape Council of SA is recommending a continuance of the fund and would like to consult and engage members on a proposed change to the fund calculations. To do this, we’re working hard on identifying and confirming our membership from Vintage 18.
Shortly, we will be forwarding confirmed members information on our proposed changes to the fund, our operating plan for FY19, the value proposition of WGCSA along with some FAQs. In order to receive this information we need to verify members from Vintage 18.
As part of the consultation, members will also be asked to take part in a formal vote on these proposed changes which will determine the outcome of the proposal and the future of the fund.
In order to receive the additional information and to have your say through the formal voting process, SA grape growers will be required to register their details online. Not sure if you are a member? Visit this page for membership examples.
Grower members must register via the online process to be able to vote.
So where to from here – quite simply, if you want to have your say on the proposed change to the SAGGIF, please register your membership details here before COB 31st August 2018. We will also add you to our mailing list to keep you up to date regarding the issues affecting SA grape growers.
Wow! What a great series of roadshows we had across the state with over 200 grape growers and interested parties attending.
Overall it was very pleasing to see the renewed optimism among many of our wine grape growers and to hear directly from some of these growers along with a selection of our knowledgeable roadshow presenters. Be sure to check out the informative interview videos here.
One of my ‘take home’ messages from the Roadshows was the need to communicate directly with our members. Presently there are many important things relevant to wine grape growers I want to share with you. Labour Hire Legislation, Natural Resource Management Changes, future grower events, new State Government changes and updates on Primary Producers SA’s continuing hard work for all South Australia’s agricultural sector are a few.
I also need to communicate the proposed change to the SA Grape Grower Industry Fund (SAGGIF) with as many members as possible, including providing members with additional information and then conducting a formal vote. To do this I require currentSAGGIF members to register their member details online for me to verify membership and ensure the voting process is correct and transparent.
Following verification, all confirmed members will then receive further information including the proposal, FAQ’s and timelines. Reminders will be included in our newsletters, on our Facebook page and website and directly to your provided email address.
So where to from here – quite simply, if you’re a WGCSA member and want to be kept up to date about areas affecting grape growers in SA and if you want your say on the proposed change to the SAGGIF, then please register your membership details herebefore COB 31st August 2018.
Not sure if you’re a member? Follow the link for examples of membership. Don’t miss out on important information and opportunities regarding wine grape growers in SA.
Grower members must register via the online process to be able to vote.
Lastly, a huge thank you to all the growers who attended the Roadshows, engaged in respectful conversations and completed the questionnaire. Your input and support are very much encouraged and appreciated.
It was another reminder of the overwhelming amount of diverse, intelligent and passionate grape growers we have here in South Australia.
I’m thrilled to advise the winner of the MEA weather station was Anthony Scholz from the Barossa. Anthony is lucky enough to already have a weather station and has kindly donated it back to WGCSA. WGCSA has decided to randomly select a member who registers their details to receive this valuable weather station.
That’s all from me, happy pruning, stay warm and don’t forget to register your details here.
WGCSA Business Manager
One of the highlights of our 2018 Grape Grower Roadshows was getting to know growers across the state. It was great to hear the challenges growers in each region face and what they want to see from their state representative body.
As a part of the Roadshows, WGCSA and the leading grower organisations visited each of the main wine grape growing regions in the SA, Adelaide Hills & Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Barossa, Riverland, Limestone Coast and Clare Valley.
At each of the events we put a camera in front of a few growers to hear how their harvest went and their thoughts on WGCSA among other things. Click the button to watch and be sure to check out our whole Video Library with interviews with industry experts and WGCSA Councillors.
NOTICE TO WINE GRAPE COUNCIL OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA MEMBERS: LABOUR HIRE LICENSING: ENFORCEMENT POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2019
The South Australian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (the Act) commenced operation on 1 March 2018, requiring providers of “labour hire services” to be licenced, with the requirement to hold a licence effective from 1 September 2018.
Following the 2018 State election the new Liberal State Government has received a number of submissions, including a comprehensive submission from the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA). SAWIA’s primary position is for the Act to be repealed.
However, if repeal is not possible then SAWIA’s position is that the Act should be substantially amended, including to provide greater certainty in relation to coverage, to reduce red tape and align penalties under the Act with the lower penalties of other licensing schemes.
SAWIA has also been liaising directly with the agency responsible for enforcing the legislation, Consumer and Business Services (CBS).
To ensure that there is sufficient time for the State Government to consider and properly address the issues raised by the stakeholders, CBS on 5 June 2018 made the decision not to enforce the legislation until 1 February 2019.
Effectively, this means that the deadline for a provider or labour hire services to hold a licence has been moved from 1 September 2018 to 1 February 2019.
This also means that clients of labour hire service providers do not need to verify whether the provider is licensed until 1 February 2019. However, as a part of the vintage preparations it is recommended that if utilising labour hire services, wine industry employers verify whether their provider is required to be licensed and then if a licensed has been granted prior to commencement of the 2019 vintage.
It is also recommended that providers of labour hire services postpone applying for a licence until further notice.
SAWIA will continue to liaise with the State Government about labour hire licensing and will provide further updates in due course.
SAWIA will also be running briefing sessions on the labour hire licensing scheme and the obligations under the Act across South Australia’s wine regions during September and will provide further updates in relation this.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND ADVICE
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Each quarter, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) prepares and presents a 'Seasonal Climate Outlook' briefing at the quarterly meeting held with Primary Producers SA and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
The Wine Grape Council of SA is a foundation member of Primary Producers SA (PPSA). PPSA brings together the five key primary industry commodity associations for a strong, viable primary production sector in South Australia.
In this Seasonal Climate Outlook briefing the key points are:
To read the full Seasonal Climate Outlook prepared by the BOM, click the button below to download.