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Brian Walsh wears many hats.
As well as his Riverland Wine
hat (chair of this organisation) he
wears the AGWA hat as chair of
the Australian Grape and Wine
AGWA is the peak industry
body reporting directly to Federal
Minister for Agriculture Barnaby
Joyce on behalf of all growers
and winemakers throughout the
The authority last week re-
leased a paper to promote dis-
cussion with grape and wine
levy payers ahead of developing
AGWA's Strategic Plan 2015-
Brian said Australia had the
resources and capability to be
recognised internationally as
the world's pre-eminent wine-
The following is an excerpt
from this week's release:
"We believe our two strategic
priorities should be to increase
demand and the premium paid
for Australian wine and to in-
crease the sector's competitive-
ness," he said.
"AGWA looks forward to hear-
ing from levy payers, and I en-
courage them to make their views
known to either their peak repre-
sentative organisations -- Wine
Grape Growers Australia (WGGA)
and Winemakers' Federation of
Australia (WFA) -- or to their state
or regional association, as we'll
be consulting directly with these
Written feedback on the dis-
cussion paper can be submitted
to AGWA until February 20, 2015.
Consultation meetings across
Australia will be conducted from
early February until late March.
The five-year strategic plan
will be put forward to the minister
for agriculture by April 30, 2015.
The discussion paper, details
for submitting feedback and the
consultation meeting schedule
can be viewed on the AGWA
Riverland wine grape growers
and winemakers have recently
had the opportunity to participate
in their own strategic planning
The plan was issued in Oc-
tober and feedback to date has
been very positive.
The plan provides a road map
and includes several of the key
themes identified in the AGWA
The first progress report
against the plan will be issued in
a series of meetings throughout
the region in April.
The industry is facing a
number of obstacles and chal-
These can be overcome, but it
is up to all of us to work together
methodically and with a strong
sense of collaboration to ensure
that all industry plans have a
similar thrust or direction.
The only way this can happen
is if those whose livelihoods
depend on the success of the
industry share the thoughts that
mostly occur to them while sitting
in the tractor.
Do not let yourself down, and
do not let Brian Walsh and his
AGWA team down. Get involved.
All thoughtful contributions
will be recorded and presented to
the AGWA management.
As indicated above, written
submissions will be received right
up until February 20, but do not
leave it to the last few weeks.
You will receive plenty of en-
couragement via this column.
There will also be a chance to
meet directly with AGWA manage-
ment and board representatives
in the region.
Please send your thoughts
to PO Box 444, Loxton SA 5333,
email Riverland Wine at admin@
riverlandwine.com.au or phone
Copies of the discussion
paper are also available from
the office at the Loxton Research
As we near another Christmas
season, it is pertinent to remem-
ber that although it is great to
enjoy a social occasion while
supporting our industry it is im-
portant to do so with care.
We often hear the salient
advice about sensible drinking
based on the number of 'stan-
It may come as a surprise
that most common serving-sized
glasses of wine at 150ml are 1.4
standard drinks, not one.
A typical 'stubby' of full-
strength beer is approximately
1.4 standard drinks.
More information is available
on the Motor Accident Commis-
sion's website (www.mac.sa.gov.
Apart from the noble goal
of keeping ourselves and those
around us safe, the social re-
sponsibility aspect of the wine in-
dustry is often taken for granted.
As a founding member of Drink-
wise, the wine industry takes its
social responsibility seriously.
This can be seen in the mar-
keting programs promoting mod-
erate consumption of wine as a
pairing with food, and inclusion of
pregnancy warnings and standard
drinks guides on wine labels and
Despite evidence showing im-
provement in responsible alcohol
consumption in Australia, many
media reports tend to perpetuate
the inaccurate yet populist urban
myth that society is facing some
sort of alcohol plague.
We owe it to the sustainability
of our industry to be aware of this
and to continue to advocate for
evidence-based alcohol policy,
rather than allowing policy-based
evidence to be accepted.
grants in high demand
"HUGE" demand for an irrigation industry ef-
ficiency program has been welcomed by the State
and Federal Governments.
The Irrigation Industry Improvement Program
-- or 3IP -- has already delivered $100 million in
grants to irrigators in round one of applications
The program aims to return about 20 gigalitres
of water to the River Murray.
Almost 300 applications have been received in
the second round, said State Agriculture, Food and
Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell.
"Given the success of Round One, huge demand
for Round Two was always expected," he said.
"All round two applications have been subjected
to rigorous assessment by independent experts.
"The next stage allows for a more detailed
review of project proposals, which will be just as
Federal parliamentary secretary for the envi-
ronment, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the
River Murray Sustainability Program had been
well received by South Australian communities
who are striving to gain strong economic sustain-
ability and security into the future.
"I look forward to joining with the Federal
Government to announce the successful projects
in mid-2015," he said.
About 14 gigalitres of water have already been
returned to the Murray.
The program is part of the federally-funded
$265 million South Australian River Murray Sus-
tainability (SARMS) initiative, negotiated with the
Commonwealth by the State Government under
the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
SARMS was conceived through the Water
Industry Alliance's River Murray Improvements
Program proposal, and agreed as part of the basin
plan package negotiated by the State Government
Further information about the program can be
found online (www.pir.sa.gov.au/sarms-iiip).
Waikerie High School awards 2014
ABOVE: Emily Grace Nicholson Gartley won Stage 2
subject awards for biology, research project B, English
communications and chemistry. BELOW: Former Waikerie
High School student Emma Chidlow was the guest speaker
for the evening.
ABOVE: District Council of Loxton Waikerie mayoral scholarship
recipients Chelsea Webber (left) and Emma Ziegler (right) with
Mayor Leon Stasinowsky at the Waikerie High School speech night.
BELOW: Performing arts award recipients Davian Hart (senior)
and Ashleigh Johnston (junior).
YEAR 12 student Jessica Dearman won the outstanding
academic excellence award.
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