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CITRUS PROMOTIONS FINALISED
The winner drawn from thousands of entries
to the South Australian citrus industry's Buy a
Local Orange competition received their new car
The Buy a Local Orange campaign, which
ran from May 19 to September 12, saw eligible
shoppers go into a draw for a new car, a luxury
Riverland holiday and a range of new appliances.
Feedback from the 300 retail outlets that
participated in the campaign was extremely
positive, and indicated a strong response from
We received thousands of entries during the
promotion, and the whole campaign was focused
around increasing awareness and demand for our
citrus and encouraging SA shoppers to buy local.
Indications are very strong that our efforts
were a big success, and we expect this will be
reﬂected in local citrus sales ﬁgures.
We are also grateful to our other campaign
sponsors and partners, especially Maugham
Thiem Hyundai, 'The Frames' owners Rick and
Cathy Edmonds, Breville Australia and local citrus
packing sheds Jumaluk, Ingy's, Nippy's, Gillainey,
Venus and Impi.
The lucky major prize winners were drawn on
September 12 at the Royal Adelaide Show.
ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW
CASAR thanks this year's volunteers and
everyone involved with our Royal Adelaide Show
This year's 175th birthday show was bigger
and better in every respect, including the citrus
stand. One of the highlights was partnering
with Destination Riverland and incorporating its
display onto our stand. This gave CASAR and its
volunteers the opportunity to promote the entire
region for the 10 days during the show, with
thousands of people visiting us daily.
We would like to congratulate all of our
winners in the citrus categories and thank
everyone who submitted an entry.
The CASAR committee would like to make
particular mention of the huge effort put in by
the show sub-committee of Penny Smith, Anthony
Fullwood and Mark and Louise Doecke, who took
the lead in organising our display at the show.
Thank you for a fantastic effort.
This year's winners:
Oranges, one 30-litre carton of navel oranges,
packed ready for sale: 1. Lochert Bros Pty Ltd.
Best carton of oranges: 1. Lochert Bros Pty Ltd.
Lemons, one 15-litre carton of any variety of
lemons, packed ready for sale: 1. Lochert Bros
Best carton of lemons: 1. Lochert Bros Pty Ltd
Mandarins, one 15-litre carton of any variety
of mandarins, packed ready for sale: 1. Lochert
Bros Pty Ltd.
Best carton of mandarins: 1. Lochert Bros
Champion carton of citrus: 1. Lochert Bros
Most successful exhibitor in citrus carton
classes: 1. Lochert Bros Pty Ltd.
Navel, any variety (variety to be named), plate
of six.: 1. GM Arnold & Son; 2. GM Arnold & Son;
Valencia, any variety, (variety to be named),
plate of six.: 1. GM Arnold & Son; 2. GB Fulwood
& Co; 3. GM Arnold & Son.
Oranges, any other variety, (variety to be
named), plate of six.: 1. GB Fulwood & Co; 2. GM
Arnold & Son; 3. GM Arnold & Son.
Grapefruit, any variety, (variety to be named),
plate of six.: 1. GM Arnold & Son; 2. GM Arnold &
Son; 3. GM Arnold & Son.
Lemons, any variety, (variety to be named),
plate of six.: 1. GB Fulwood & Co; 2. GM Arnold
Mandarins, any variety, (variety to be named),
plate of six.: 1. Doecke, MJ & LR; 2. GM Arnold &
Son; 3. GM Arnold & Son.
Tangelo, any variety, (variety to be named),
plate of six.: 1. GM Arnold & Son; 2. GM Arnold
Champion plate of citrus, any variety within
classes 39-45: 1. GB Fulwood & Co.
Most successful exhibitor in citrus plate within
classes 39-45: 1. GM Arnold & Son.
Novelty Citrus: 1. Doecke, MJ & LR.
The biggest orange, current season: 1. GM
Arnold & Son; 2. GM Arnold & Son.
Novice valencia, any variety, plate of six: 1.
Arnold, Samantha; 2. Arnold Jnr, Michael; 3.
Novice navel, any variety, plate of six: 1.
Arnold, Samantha; 2. Arnold Jnr, Michael; 3.
Novice mandarin, any variety, plate of six: 1.
Arnold Jnr, Michael; 2. Arnold, Samantha.
Novice decorated citrus display, maximum
size 300mm x 300mm.: 1. Waikerie Primary
School; 2. Waikerie Primary School; 3. Waikerie
Best novice decorated citrus display: 1.
Waikerie Primary School.
CITRUS POLL 2014
In November, you will have the opportunity to
have your say on the level of investment for the
citrus industry through a national ballot.
This will be an opportunity for citrus growers
to make a collective choice about supporting the
future growth of the industry in the competitive
Asian century through increased research and
development (R&D), and biosecurity.
In October 2012, the citrus industry developed
and adopted the 2012-17 Strategic R&D
This plan outlines the 'how to' objectives and
key strategy areas that will support the growth
of a proﬁtable citrus industry, such as market
access, biosecurity, fruit ﬂy management and
better agrichemicals. And to achieve this, the
industry needs to support a higher investment
in R&D and biosecurity.
Your feedback on this indicative pre-poll
survey will assist Citrus Australia in determining
the ﬁnal questions on the national ballot.
What is being proposed:
Increases to the Horticulture Australia (HAL)
R&D citrus levy and Plant Health Australia (PHA --
biosecurity) levy of $1.50 per tonne.
Consideration of the HAL orange marketing
levy currently $0.75 per tonne.
More information is provided in the Citrus
Poll 2014 website; Citrus Australia website; HAL
website; and PHA website.
All responses to this survey are conﬁdential,
with only the aggregated information provided to
Citrus Australia which will enable determination
of the final questions to be included in the
If you have questions about anything in this
week's column or an issue that you would like
discussed, please contact the chair Con Poulos
at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sam
Rogers at email@example.com or
on 0477 110 933.
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
NINE CANDIDATES --
As recently advertised, the AGMs
for the RWGA and RWIDC will be
convened on October 20 at Berri
In the meantime there will be an
election to decide four vacancies on
the RWGA management committee.
In a ﬁrst for the RWGA growers’
group, nine members have accepted
nominations for the election to ﬁll
four positions vacated in accordance
with the rules of the constitution.
This is an outstanding response
from Riverland growers. A postal
ballot is being prepared and all
members of the association should
receive ballot papers this week.
The four retiring members ---
Andrew Kassebaum, Ashley Ratcliff,
Sheridan Alm and Stuart Andrew ---
have all been renominated.
Four new nominations have
also been received from Jim
Thomson (Waikerie), David Zadow
(Blanchetown), Brett Broomell
(Paringa) and David King (Loxton
North). Brett Proud, also from
Loxton North, has renominated
after taking a break for several years
following solid service as deputy
chair throughout the very difﬁcult
period of water restrictions and
Each candidate has provided
a brief resume, and these will be
included with the ballot slips.
All of the candidates are well
known. It will be important for all
members to think carefully about
who they want on the eight-person
Note: three members of the
committee appointed to sit on
the joint management committee
of Riverland Wine with three
The nominees are spread
across the region from Blanchetown
through Waikerie and Loxton to
Other areas are well represented
by those renominating, with Andrew
Kassebaum, of Winkie, Sheridan
Alm, of New Residence, Stuart
Andrew, of Winkie, and Ashley
Ratcliff, of Barmera.
It is terriﬁc to have such keen
competition. Please deliberate
carefully when you receive the ballot
slip and resumes. You will be invited
to mark four of the nine candidates
as your preferred representatives.
Reply paid envelopes will be
included but we will be relying on
Australia Post so don't delay. Get
your votes in early.
CHIEFS TO SPEAK
In another ﬁrst, Riverland Wine
is pleased to announce a special
forum will be convened at the
Chaffey Theatre on Wednesday,
October 15, with registrations from
2.30pm for all Riverland Wine
The key decision makers from
six major wineries that purchase
the great majority of Riverland
winegrapes and Australia's largest
bulk wine trader have agreed to
participate, with Riverland Wine
chair Brian Walsh as moderator.
These chiefs came together
early this year to discuss how they
each see the future for the wine
industry in this region.
These are uncertain times for all
The quest for better information
about global supply and demand
trends and wine prices is relentless.
Every grower, every winery
and every wine marketer wants
to know and needs to know more
about global trends and consumer
preferences as soon as possible to
inform their decision making and
enable better risk management.
The RWGA has for years urged all
growers to be sure they understand
their gross margins and the real cost
of growing grapes.
It is important, also, to
understand wine markets and wine
prices in those various markets.
The companies participating are:
Angove Family Winemakers (John
Angove), Kingston Estate Wines
(Bill Moularadellis), Treasury Estate
Wines (Stuart McNab), Yalumba
(Andrew Murphy), Accolade (Simon
Williams), Pernod Ricard (Brett
McKinnon) and Austwine (Jim
Each of the speakers will be
invited to make a presentation of
up to 10 minutes, offering their
perspective as to how they foresee
the short term future for the wine
industry in this region and their
expectations for the medium to
After the presentations the
speakers will assemble together as
a panel on stage and Brian Walsh
will moderate a Q&A session, with
questions and comments from the
audience. The event will conclude
with a barbecue at around 5pm.
The audience will be strictly
limited to ﬁnancial members of the
Riverland Wine Industry Fund.
Refundees and others, including
media, will not be admitted.
Members wishing to attend will
need to book well in advance. We
expect to ﬁll the Chaffey very quickly
for this event.
Register right now by contacting
Kate at Riverland Wine via phone
(8584 5816) or email (admin@
RIVERLAND WINE AND
Planning is well under way
for the 2014 Riverland Wine and
Food Festival at Berri on Saturday,
October 18, and tickets are available
for purchase online at the festival
Woolshed Brewery and
Jachmann Apple Cider, along with
a number of local wineries, will also
be at this year's event.
Bearded Gypsy Band and DJ
TR!P will be performing at the
festival. The Bearded Gypsy Band
plays an eclectic mix of tear-away
original tunes with Celtic, jazz, blues,
roots and gypsy inﬂuences.
Once again a free bus service
between local towns and the festival
will be provided. Pickup and drop off
times are available on the website.
For more information or to
purchase tickets visit the website
THE introduction of longer operating
hours for quarantine stations is among a
suite of measures unveiled last week aimed
at preventing fruit fly outbreaks in South
Australia this summer.
The State Government says the Pinnaroo
quarantine station will open a month earlier than
usual, from November 1.
It will close at the end of May, a month later than
normal, with an extra shift introduced for the peak
holiday period of December 1 to January 13.
Other measures announced by Minister for
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
include random roadblocks, increasing audits
of imported fruit and a community awareness
Mr Bignell said it was vital to protect South
Australia's $675 million horticultural industry and
the state's 'clean and green' image.
"South Australia has an international reputation
as being fruit fly free, phylloxera free and GM
free, and we need to be vigilant and work hard to
maintain this status and support our exports of
premium food and wine," he said.
"Thanks to our stringent biosecurity measuers
and diligence around the fruit fly threat, South
Australia has remained free of this pest despite
an increasing number of outbreaks interstate in
"Right now across the Sunraysia region
of Victoria and New South Wales, 31 separate
outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly are being
managed, with more than 300 individual flies
trapped in the region during winter.
"Successfully managed outbreaks in the
Riverland and at Sellicks Beach earlier this year
have reminded us we need to do all we can to protect
our state from fruit fly."
Apart from the Pinnaroo quarantine station's
extended operating hours, measures will include:
Maintaining the double shift at the Oodla
Wirra Quarantine Station until May 31, and
introducing a night shift from the beginning of
December to the end of March -- a period of high
larvae introduction from NSW and Queensland.
Maintaining a permanent 24/7 presence at the
Ceduna and Yamba quarantine stations.
Increasing audits and inspections on all
registered importers of produce, with additional
increases for businesses importing produce from
Victoria and the Sunraysia region.
A repeat of last year's community awareness
campaign to raise awareness among travellers and
the South Australian public reviewing imported
consignments to identify unregistered importers.
Random roadblocks targeting the highest risk
times for importation of infested fruit, along with
increased checks on incoming rail traffic.
Consultation to revise the South Australian
Fruit Fly Strategy to confirm roles and
responsibilities in the event of a fruit fly outbreak
in the Riverland.
Mr Bignell said the State Government was also
investing $3 million to develop a sterile insect
technology facility at Port Augusta.
THE State Government last week introduced a suite
of measures aimed at preventing fruit fly outbreaks.
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