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his campaign to
remove a federal
tax he says is
including those in
The Member for
Barker has zeroed in
on the New Zealand
WET (Wine Equalisa-
tion Tax) rebate, and
met with both an in-
dustry leader and a
high ranking fellow
MP to discuss the
Early in the week
Mr Pasin discussed
his campaign with the
chief executive of the
tion of Australia, Paul
Evans, in Canberra.
"I was delighted to
be able to discuss the
need to level the play-
ing field for Australian
wine producers, partic-
ularly those from my
electorate of Barker..."
Mr Pasin said.
"The so called 'rebate'
paid to New Zealand
winemakers is hurting
producers in wine-pro-
ducing regions in my
electorate and across
Australia at a time
when the wine sector
can least afford it.
are forking out over
$23 million a year to
Kiwi wine produc-
ers so they can com-
pete against our
own local producers.
"If you don't pay Aus-
tralian taxes then
you can't receive an
Australian rebate -- it
is just a subsidy, one
that we can no longer
afford to keep paying."
Mr Pasin then met
with Assistant Trea-
surer Josh Fryden-
berg in his bid to "take
the next step" in his
campaign to abol-
ish the wine subsidy.
"The wine industry is
a foundation industry
in my electorate and
for South Australia,
and I am determined
to ensure that they are
not being punished by
unfair tax arrange-
ments that give our
competitors a leg up,"
Mr Pasin said.
"It's the economic
equivalent of playing
the All Blacks a man
down or the Silver
Ferns without a goal
"We wouldn't cop
it on the sporting field
and we shouldn't cop it
in the vineyard either."
Grape Growers Aus-
tralia (WGGA) has put
out to tender, two proj-
ects to two projects to
secure a sustainable
future for national bi-
"The wine indus-
try has consistently
demonstrated an un-
derstanding of the im-
portance of biosecu-
rity", Lawrie Stanford,
Executive Director of
"We are delighted
to be able to initiate
these projects for on-
going biosecurity man-
agement in the wine
sector and across the
can visit www.wgga.
com.au or call (08) 8133
4400 or 0417 859 282 for
MEMBER for Barker Tony Pasin has zeroed in on the New Zealand Wine Equalisation Tax rebate.
Pasin speaks out on WET
The Australian Grape and Wine Authority
(AGWA) has commenced extensive consultations
before developing the new strategic plan for our
Australian wine industry.
In a recent release, AGWA chair Brian Walsh
said: "We are really encouraged by the level of
interest from our levy payers and the broader
wine community and the support we've received
for our two strategic priorities thus far".
Readers of this column may recall a
reference to the discussion paper published in
December to encourage wine growers, makers
and marketers to get involved.
In the introduction Brian said: "The authority
will endeavour to create a more prosperous
Australian grape and wine community".
We ARE that community.
It can be tempting to think that someone
else will take responsibility. Strategic plans
can be difficult to construct. Certainly, the
management team at AGWA will prepare the
document, but they are not wine growers,
makers and marketers.
Unless we, the community, inform them of
how we think we can achieve that prosperity they
will likely get it wrong.
Now is the time to think about what you
would do if you were the captain of the wine
What would you do to restore confidence in
What would you do to increase the demand
for our wine in Australia and overseas? What
policies would you alter or what new policies
would you set? What would you do first?
And a very important question... how would
you spend the research and development dollars?
Don't be an armchair expert, after the event.
Have you say now.
This is our plan. If we get it right, we will
lay the foundations for recovery and long-term
All Riverland Wine members are invited to
read the document on the AGWA website (www.
agwa.net.au) and think about the questions
If enough members respond, the association
will arrange a meeting (or two) to capture your
thoughts and ensure the AGWA management
team is informed.
Feedback is invited on the priorities outlined
in the discussion paper. Members can email
Riverland Wine or make their own submission
to AGWA by February 20, 2015.
Alternatively you may contact the office
by phone (8584 5816) or email (admin@
The Riverland Wine management committee
is meeting with AGWA board members and
management on March 10 to provide feedback
on the discussion paper and to offer input to
The plan itself will be finalised and presented
to Minister Joyce on April 30.
AGWA link: http://www.agwa.
Email link: email@example.com.
Subject: AGWA Discussion Paper
Organic wine - a growth area
The most recent 2014 Australian Organic
Market report suggests that the market for
organically produced fruit and wine is rapidly
growing, albeit from a relatively low base.
The report suggests farmgate value of
$54.4 million in 2014, up from $25.13 million
in 2012; an annual growth rate of 29 per cent.
The production of organic wine increased by 120
per cent from 2011 to 2014, and it is estimated
that 85 per cent of the national production
emanates from South Australia.
There is a growing demand for organic wines
in Europe. It is estimated that a third of French
wine consumers drink organic wine; an increase
of 22 per cent in 2013.
This may be encouraging news in such
challenging times for growing fruit and making
wine in this region.
Many experts have suggested that the
Riverland offers an ideal climate for organic
or sustainably grown wine grapes, due to the
region's hot and dry climate.
Several local producers have successfully
taken up organic production models, and the
making of organic wine may offer an alternative
to traditional channels to market.
At present the total amount of fruit and wine
involved is small compared to the conventional
wine market, but this may be an option for
some growers and winemakers in future.
Grapes for sale listing
Growers interested in listing uncontracted
grapes through Riverland
Wine should contact our office by phone
8584 5816 or email to receive a form to be
completed which will then be listed on the
register sent to South Australian wineries.
Growers who have sold grapes or have
changes to their listing are reminded to contact
the Riverland Wine office.
South Australia can
benefit from using
lime as an effective
treatment of acid
and Fisheries Minis-
ter Leon Bignell said
with nearly two million
hectares of land across
South Australia at risk
of soil acidification, it's
important to remember
to test soil pH levels
"Many soil types
throughout South Aus-
tralia are susceptible
to soil acidification,
particularly the sandy
and loamy soils," Mr
"This can degrade
the soil and reduce crop
and pasture growth.
"It is generally oc-
curring in the medium
to high rainfall parts
of the state including
the South East, Kanga-
roo Island, Mount Lofty
Ranges, eastern half of
the Mid North, parts of
the Upper North and on
the Lower and Eastern
is a natural process,
but is greatly acceler-
ated by more intensive
and productive farming
Rural Solutions SA's
Andrew Harding said
when soil pH levels fall
below pH 5.0 (CaCl2)
soil acidity is an issue.
"Crops most sen-
sitive to low soil pH
include barley, faba
beans, lucerne, len-
tils, chickpeas and
phalaris," he said.
"Symptoms of soil
acidity include uneven
crop and pasture
growth, crop yellowing,
poor nodulation and
stunted root growth."
MALLEE Sustainable Farming will host
its annual Tri-State Research, Development
and Extension forums this week.
The first forum will be at Pinnaroo Institute
today and the second forum will be at the Red
Cliffs Club, Victoria between 10am and 3pm tomor-
row. Complimentary morning tea and lunch will
be available at both forums.
The forums will showcase relevant local Mallee
research and trial results undertaken by MSF and
its partners and will attract grain growers and
other interested community members from across
the Tri-State Mallee region, as well as interested
researchers, agronomists and agricultural indus-
For information call (03) 5021 9100 or email
SARDI'S Dr Jenny Davidson will be guest speaker
at the conference.
Lime treatment effective
Recreational fshing grants
RECREATIONAL fishing grants of
up to $20,000 are available to boost South
Australian fishing experiences.
The grants are part of a state election promise
to improve recreational fishing, upgrade infra-
structure, offer specialised training and improve
sustainable fishing practices.
"Grants could even be used for fish restocking
and habitat restoration in suitable areas that are
open to recreational fishing," Environment Minis-
ter Ian Hunter said.
"We are looking for projects right across the
state, especially in regional South Australia, and
will be encouraging innovative partnerships and
Applications opened on Monday and will close
on April 13.
For more information, or to apply, people can
visit www.marineparks.sa.gov.au, email dewnr.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 006 120.
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