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serves a treat
NEARLY 200 people attended
the third annual Waikerie
Lutheran Primary School Food
and Wine Festival on Saturday.
The event included a three-
course, citrus-inspired dinner, along
with live entertainment from local
perfor mers Ben and Anne Leahy
and Adelaide band Red Line.
Organised by the Parents and
Friends Committee, the festival is
the school's largest fundraiser.
President Leanna Bishop said the
committee was "thrilled" with the
"It was truly amazing," she said.
"We couldn't have asked for it to
be any better.
"The feedback we received was
nothing but positive.
"One comment that we received
was that it was one of Waikerie's
Mrs Bishop said the
entertainment was a highlight of
"Ben and Anne Leahy were
amazing during the after noon,"
"Then we had Red Line perform
later in the evening, who were just
"We really wanted to impress
people with entertainment and food
from the previous years, and I think
we achieved that.
"The whole event was really well
"The citrus theme was really
unique, and we followed the
theme throughout the food and
Mrs Bishop said she hoped the
festival would return next year.
"The demand is definitely there
for it to return," she said.
"We were just happy that people
enjoyed themselves and enjoyed a
"We would like to thank everyone
who attended and supported
the event, and to everyone who
contributed their time and donated
goods for the auction.
"It takes a lot to organise an event
like this, but seeing people enjoy
themselves is the biggest thanks we
could have had."
Local man Georg e Krzoska
attended the festival and said it
was a fantastic event for Waikerie.
"From the moment you arrived
it was welcoming," he said.
"It had a great venue, superb
atmosphere, good music, good food
and most of all surrounded by
the local community all having a
"If you did not attend, then you
missed out on one of Waikerie's gem
WINE INDUSTRY FORUM
More than 170 Riverland
growers and winemakers attended
a Wine Industry Forum at the
Chaffey Theatre last Wednesday
Industry chiefs from six wine
companies that purchase the
majority of Riverland grapes were
each invited to speak for up to
10 minutes in response to the
"How do you see the shor t
term future of the wine industry
in the Riverland?"
"What are your expectations
for the medium to longer term?"
The presen tation s w ere
followed by a question-and-answer
session, with Riverland Wine chair
Brian Walsh (AKA Tony Jones)
The majority of members
stayed for a barbecue, a selection
of Riverland wines provided by the
speakers and the opportunity to
The sentiment among the
growers was genuine appreciation
that these industry chiefs had
spoken so openly and willingly.
Much of what was discussed
was tinged with yet more
challenges, par ticularly in the
It is important to understand
the factors that impinge on
margins, and to understand how
these all affect the relationship
between the price paid by the
consumer and the price paid for
It was encouraging to hear the
reassurances that the Riverland
wine industry is well poised to
remain strong in the medium to
The region's abundance of
key attributes will certainly count
in the longer run, once the global
supply/demand imbalance is
Our soils, our high standards
of water use efficiency, our
dry and mild climate, regional
access to markets and resilient
commu nities are all aligned
in such a way as to indicate
the Riverland will become the
preferred region for the supply
of popular premium wine, both
domestically and internationally.
All speakers commended
Riverland Wine for its initiative in
bringing growers and winemakers
together in the forum to
encourage greater understanding
of market realities, but also
opportunities for new innovations
in the vineyard, the winery and in
the way we package and market
WEEKSY MAKES A MOVE
AFL season is barely behind
us. The trade deadline expired
Talent scouts have been
swarming a round contracted
and uncontracted players alike.
Sports journalists have been
conjecturing about who will play
for which club next year. Some
fans will be disappointed. Others
will be elated.
While all of that has been a
distraction for some, the very
skilful and highly regarded senior
viticulturist from CCW, Andrew
Weeks ('Weeksy' to most) has
moved across the river from
the CCW camp to the Riverland
Wine camp, where he will take
on the role of business manager
in December, just in time for pre-
Riverland Wine executive
officer Chris Byrne said it was
fantastic to have Weeksy joining
"His qualiﬁcations, experience
and contribution to the industry,
both within the Riverland and
beyond, have rendered him one
of the most highly credentialed
and sought-after professionals in
his ﬁeld," he said.
"Riverland Wine is most
for tunate to have secured his
"He will move directly into the
senior assistant coaching role
with responsibility for the entire
Weeksy commented that he is
looking forward to the challenge,
especially with the imminent
release of the ﬁrst Strategic Plan
for Riverland Wine.
He added he has enjoyed his
ﬁve years at CCW and has gained
much from the experience, and it
will stand him in good stead for
the broader role.
He is also very keen to
continue to represent Riverland
Wine on the federal growers' body
(WGGA), especially in the areas of
policy development around wine
tax and biosecurity.
Good move, Weeksy!
WGGA AGM & SEMINAR
The annual general meeting
of Wine Grape Growers Australia
(WGGA) will be held on Wednesday,
November 12, in Adelaide, with
registration open at 9am and the
meeting commencing at 9.30am.
T h ose present w ill also
hear from Riverland Wine and
Australian Grape and Wine
Authority (AGWA) chairman Brian
Walsh, and have the opportunity
to discuss any questions following
the merger earlier this year.
Members attending the AGM
are invited to stay for lunch from
The AGM will be followed by an
afternoon seminar --- 'Surviving
the present -- Innovate for the
future' --- exploring changes
required in the short-term to adapt
to low proﬁtability in the industry,
along with the reasons to be
positive about mid-to-longer-term
prospects for Australian wine.
There will be a brief
presentation by four speakers,
followed by an expert panel for
a Q&A. The guest speakers are:
Louisa Rose (AWRI Chair)
Jeff McDonald (Collaborative
Shane Tremble (Woolworths
Rob Hunt (Agricultural
More information and
a program of both events are
available on the WGGA website.
People wishing to attend have
until Friday, October 31, to RSVP
by phone (8133 4400) or email
on hand to collect
local entries for
the Temporary Art
Gallery project on
Sunday. She and
fellow artist Paul
Gazzola will be at
the old Retravision
store on McCoy
to Sunday, 10am
to 6pm, until
16. For more
OPEN GARDENS: Ramco couple Lyn and John Lochert opened their 'Illawong' property's garden to the
public last Saturday, Sunday and Monday as part of the Renmark Rose Festival (October 17-26). Further
viewings are available until this Saturday by appointment only (phone 8541 2620). Other open gardens
are currently on show in the Waikerie area until Sunday. Copies of the festival program are available
locally, or visit the website (www.renmarkroses.com) for more information. PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
WAIKERIE Lutheran Primary School
hosted a successful citrus-inspired
Food and Wine Festival on Saturday,
when nearly 200 guests attended.
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Ignoring the SMALL things will cost you
As the vines head towards flowering, it is critical to
have the right nutrients in place to ensure a "tight"
flowering. Poor fruit set, or "hen & chicken" as it is more
commonly known, not only reduces yield potential,
but also wine quality and delays harvest. Overall, it
is a multiple hit to your hip pocket. And it is so easily
Not just the standard "ZM"
In the Riverland, growers for many years have been
applying "ZM" as the standard trace element mix. The
zinc and manganese in this mix certainly are critical
to healthy growth and fruit set in our soil conditions,
but there is more to it.
Boron has many functions in the vine, including root
growth and cell strength. Critically boron is required
for pollen tube formation in the flower and must be
present for a tight set. Boron levels are not what they
used to be in Riverland soils, so it pays to include
Omnibor in the 2 sprays prior to flowering.
Molybdenum has a primary role in nitrogen
metabolism and many enzyme systems in vines.
Moly also plays a significant part in fruit set, and
while needed by all crops, Merlot is the variety most
sensitive to deficiency. Only tiny quantities of moly
are required..OmniMol twice prior to flowering will do
Be sure to have the "small things" covered as you
head to the critical time of flowering and fruit set. A
few dollars here will maximize your potential yield and
Call me if you would like to confirm requirements for
your particular situation.
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