The 90 Day Change@SA project ‘Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry’ identified opportunities to improve efficiencies in the state’s agriculture sector and is delivering significant benefits to primary producers and transport operators.
The project is a partnership between Primary Producers SA, Primary Industries and
Regions SA and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. The Wine Grape Council of SA is a key member of Primary Producers SA and has had significant input on the PPSA Transport Committee.
In 2017, a second survey ‘Improving Road Transport for Primary Production’ was conducted, building on the success and momentum of the first project. The survey, which raised 90 issues, asked primary producers and industry groups to identify key issues affecting productivity.
A total of 494 respondents participated in the survey. The new survey reached out to new sectors across the forestry, dairy, fresh produce, fisheries and aquaculture industries, as these had minimal interactions with the initial survey.
See below for a brief overview of the outcomes so far or click the button below to download the full update.
WGCSA is hitting the road in April and May to talk to growers across South Australia. We want to hear first hand what is important to you and how we, your grower-owned organisation, can do even more to help you.
Our goals are to:
The roadshows will bring you up to date information and discuss the future of the voluntary contributions that fund WGCSA. The current levy structure is based on $1 per tonne and has not changed since 2009. This structure does not reflect the diversity of businesses in the wine grape growing regions of South Australia and we will be consulting members at every roadshow for their thoughts.
We need to be fair and equitable with our levy structure to reflect the hard work put in by all South Australian wine grape growers. We ask that growers keep this in mind and work together as we determine the future of this organisation.
I look forward to seeing you at your local roadshow. Be sure to register atwww.wgcsa.com.au/2018-roadshow
The Wine Grape Council of SA is hitting the road to visit grape growers across SA. We want to hear first hand what is important to you and how your state representational body can help.
We will be consulting members on the future of the voluntary contributions, the proposed changes to the levy structure and overall sustainability of WGCSA as your state representational body.
The agenda will also include presentations from the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), Vinehealth Australia (VHA), the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and Australian Vignerons (AV).
The full program will be available on the WGCSA website shortly.
This is a free event for WGCSA members. Sessions will run from 1pm - 5pm with cocktail food and refreshments provided at the end of the session. Attendees are asked to register via our website for catering purposes.
Save the Date
Fri April 27 – Riverland* - Loxton Research Centre
Tues May 1 – McLaren Vale, Currency Creek & Southern Fleurieu - Serafino
Thurs May 10 – Clare - Clare Country Club
Fri May 11 – Barossa - Vine Inn Nuriootpa
Tues May 15 – Langhorne Creek* & Adelaide Hills - Hahndorf Resort
Thurs May 17 – Coonawarra & Limestone Coast* - Struan House (Naracoorte)
*Buses will be organised for growers in these areas if there is enough interest. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like bus transport.
To register, visit our website. www.wgcsa.com.au/2018-roadshow
The Wine Grape Council of SA being the peak industry body for Wine Grape Growers in South Australia, calls on candidates and parties vying for seats and government in the South Australian state election to acknowledge and support the importance of primary production, particularly the wine industry to South Australia.
We call on candidates to commit to driving the wine industry forward by:
1. Efficient and diligent implementation of the legislation and regulations already in place to protect our clean and green marketing position by implementing strong biosecurity measures without cost shifting to industry, and assisting better management of spray drift including legal measures to prosecute chemical trespass;
2. Improving infrastructure in regional areas, particularly power, transport; and improved telecommunications in terms of SPEED, Reliability and coverage in regional areas;
3. Improving communication and the management of levies paid by producers to reduce management costs and cut duplication and red tape;
4. Investing in RD & E by NO further cuts to Primary Industries budgets with a focus on developing, retaining and transferring expertise in SA;
5. Reducing red tape and punitive costs of regulation (like the contractor registration scheme) which act as a disincentive to employment in regional areas.
And to support the Wine Industry and other Primary producers by:
6. Returning control of NRM levies to the regions to DELIVER identified programs at a local level not produce more plans which are only implemented in glossy brochures;
7. Valuing the contribution which regional communities make to the provision of emergency services through volunteer services and price that into the Emergency Service Levies;
8. Delivering water security and equitable pricing to underpin production;
9. Ensuring wine and primary production regions are not impacted adversely by incompatible land use including mining
10. Support the health and education of regional South Australians by addressing drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and employment opportunities and training.
The South Australian wine industry is fundamental not just to the economy of this state and the nation but to employment, regional industry and to the social and environmental welfare of this state.
Wine Grape Council South Australia
8th March 2018
The Federal Government has released its draft National Alcohol Strategy which aims to provide a national framework to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harms among individuals, families and communities.
Growers need to be aware of the implications of legislation in this area. Your national grape and wine bodies (Australian Vignerons and Winemakers' Federation of Australia) and WGCSA are supportive of an evidence-based and targeted approach to minimising harm caused by alcohol but are concerned that there's no direct representation from the grape and wine industry in the discussions.
We encourage all growers to read the draft National Alcohol Strategy and understand the implications for the entire wine industry. Some of the measures in the strategy include increased taxation on alcohol, advertising bans and measures to decrease overall alcohol consumption.
Your representative bodies are hard at work at a regional, state and national level to ensure the voice of growers is heard during these discussions. The more noise we make the better. Be sure to contact your local member to raise any concerns you may have.
Click here to read the draft National Alcohol Strategy
The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 will commence on 1 March 2018. The new law aims to protect workers from being exploited by providers of labour hire services. Anyone who operates as a labour hire provider in South Australia must be licensed, and it will be unlawful for host employers to use the services of an unlicensed operator.
A transitional period will be provided to allow industry time to be fully compliant. This means that all labour hire providers must be licensed by 1 September 2018. Applications must be lodged well ahead of this date to ensure that providers comply from 1 September.
Applications for a licence will be assessed and processed by Consumer and Business Services. A new online application form will be available from 1 March 2018 and applications can be lodged from this date. Labour hire providers will be taken to be licensed from the date the licence is granted.
The Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018 were published last week and come into operation from 1 March 2018. The Regulations prescribe the licensing fees payable by license holders and applicants.
INFORMATION SESSIONS – COMING SOON
SAWIA is actively monitoring developments regarding the licencing of labour hire providers and impact for grape growers and wine industry businesses. Please note that we will issue regular updates and will be running briefing workshops for the wine industry commencing in March/April 2018.
If you are interested in attending a session please indicate this by sending an email to email@example.com with the following details:
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact: Henrik Wallgren: 8222 9270 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Hills on 8222 9212 or email@example.com
Primary producers, as parties in the road transport supply chain, have specific obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law to ensure safety by preventing a breach of the law; this is called the Chain of Responsibility (CoR). It requires each party with the ability to control or influence the transport activity to take positive steps to prevent mass, load restraint, dimension, fatigue and speed offences.
From mid-2018, new Chain of Responsibility laws will require that primary producers ensure safety across the transport activities that they control or influence, including packing, loading, consigning etc.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has put together a useful flyer and video for primary producers. Watch the video below and click the button to download the flyer.
The South Australian State Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 on 30 November 2017.
This Bill establishes a licensing scheme for labour hire providers and a requirement on clients utilising labour hire providers, including wineries and wine grape growers, to only use licensed providers or running risk of 3 years imprisonment and up to $400,000 in penalties.
SAWIA made its significant concerns with the Bill known throughout the legislative process and engaged in extensive lobbying of members of State Parliament to ensure better outcomes for the South Australian wine industry.
Whilst SAWIA primary position was that the legislation was not required to achieve greater compliance, we did seek extensive amendments to the Bill, the final version of the legislation not our ideal but is a much improved outcome for SAWIA and WGCSA members – although there are some still some concerning issues for those wine industry operations that may be subject to the coverage.
As a result of SAWIA’s lobbying the following key changes have been to the final version of the legislation that now will become law:
To read a detailed breakdown of the legislation, click here.
State wine associations, eligible consortia and entities can now apply for funding through the Australian Government’s International Wine Tourism State Grants and International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants.
The two grant programs each have $5 million in funding for exciting wine tourism experiences that will build a stronger pull for Australia’s food, wine and tourism and attract more international visitors to our regions.
Administered by Wine Australia, the grants are a component of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package), which aims to grow the Australian wine sector, showcase the nation’s wine tourism and drive demand for Australia’s wine exports.
‘The $10 million available through the state and competitive grants offers a big boost to our wine sector, Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said.
‘Attracting visitors to spend their tourism dollars in our wine regions, and reconnect with the wines when back home, is really important for the success of Australian wine and our regional economies.'
‘Australia offers diverse and unique wine experiences and the onus is on us to maintain our competitive edge, thinking bigger, bolder and better than ever before’, Mr Clark said.
Across its four programs, the $50m Package aims to attract an additional 40,000 international tourists to Australian wine regions by 2019-20, worth around $170 million to the economy.
The state grants program provides state wine associations with access to pre-determined funding allocations for eligible international wine tourism research, planning and implementation activities.
The competitive grants program provides a broader range of stakeholders with access to small and medium grants for initiatives that will grow the number of and/or spend by international tourists visiting Australia’s wine regions.
Eligible competitive grant activities include wine tourism marketing campaigns, wine events, infrastructure and innovative products, which are focused on attracting international wine tourists.
Wine Australia has appointed an independent Expert Assessment Panel to assist with the assessment of the grant applications. The Panel members have relevant experience in regional tourism, wine tourism and/or regional economic development. The panel members are:
Andrew McEvoy – Chair
Andrew has extensive experience across tourism and media being a past Managing Director at Fairfax Media - life media and events, Managing Director of Tourism Australia and past Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Howard is the founder of Braincells, a brand and creative development company specialising in food and beverage marketing. He has been Deputy Chair of Tourism WA and Chair of Events Tourism WA. Commercially he was a co-founder of Little Creatures Brewery, Stormflower Wines, and the Alex Hotel/Shadow Wine Bar which has provided extensive experience across premium beverages, hospitality and hotel accommodation.
Sally is the Executive Officer of Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia and has extensive tourism experience across a variety of sales, marketing and product development roles.
Simon Currant AM
Simon is a successful tourism consultant, developer, owner and operator. He is immediate past long-term chairman of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania and was inaugural chair of the Tourism Quality Council of Australia. He has extensive experience in wine industry tourism developments.
Michael is formerly the CEO of Accolade Wines, Managing Director of Fine Wine Partners and Managing Director of Southcorp Wines Australia. He has also served previously as a board member of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA). Michael brings strong experience across the wine sector including export.
More information about the state and competitive grants – including guidelines and instructions on how to apply – are available at http://erwsp.wineaustralia.com. Applications close 5pm, Friday, 2 March 2018 ACDT and late applications may not be accepted.
Wine Grape Council SA is thrilled to advise members of our commitment to work with the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) to provide better services to SA wine grape growers.
With increasing demands placed on grape growers regarding Workplace Health & Safety and Industrial Relations, our goal is to make it easier for growers to access experts in the field.
As a member of WGCSA you have access to a free 1-hour telephone advisory service on any issue relating to the employment and safety of workers with SAWIA.
SAWIA is an experienced and trusted provider to the SA grape and wine industry. WGCSA members will have access to staff with extensive industry knowledge, Sarah Hills, Zvonko Levak and Henrik Wallgren, and can ask any question relating to Workplace Health and Safety or Industrial Relations over the phone. If the query develops beyond an hour, SAWIA consultancy rates apply.
Our new partnership with SAWIA will begin on December 4. If you need advice you can contact them on 8222 9277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to this free advice, WGCSA members can also attend SAWIA seminars and workshops at SAWIA prices. To see the list of upcoming events in your area, visit the SAWIA website.
The service is available to SA wine grape growers who contribute $1/tonne to the SA Grape Growers Industry Fund (SAGGIF)*. The service is not available to those that have applied for a refund of their contribution.
*SAGGIF - The SA Grape Growers Industry Fund (SAGGIF) is the $1/tonne contribution paid by all SA growers who supply grapes for processing into wine. The fee is deducted from grape payments by the receiving winery. The fund is voluntary and wine grape growers can apply for a refund of their contribution – contact us for details.