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A SUICIDE prevention
program aimed at reducing
suicide rates in the region will
host a series of training sessions
across schools and tertiary
education institutions this year.
The Riverland Community Re-
sponse to Eliminating Suicide
(CORES) program will teach students
to recognise the warning signs and
explain how to deal with them during
one-day training sessions.
"It will empower students to rec-
ognise the signs of suicide, intervene
before a crisis occurs and lead the
person at risk to the appropriate
services," said Val Fewster, CORES
CORES will run the sessions at
high schools across the region, as
well at Berri's Tafe SA campus and
Flinders University's Rural Clinical
"If you look at the statistics, sui-
cide in the Riverland is high and we
know there are many teenagers who
are suicidal," Ms Fewster said.
"It's a course that's adaptable to all
ages and the training sessions look at
community attitudes towards suicide,
suicide statistics, signs and indica-
tors, intervention and much more.
"If we have enough interest from
the public we will run a one-day
course for community members."
For more information about the
training sessions contact Val on 8582
1882 or email@example.com.
If you, or someone you know needs
support, call Lifeline on 131 114 or
beyondblue on 1300 224 636.
Still time for AGWA input
Brian Walsh, in his capacity as
chair of the Australian Grape and Wine
Authority (AGWA), together with chief
executive Andreas Clark, manager
Kate Harvey and program manager
Elise Heyes met with the management
committee of Riverland Wine (RW) at
Banrock Station to develop the five-
year strategic plan due for submission
to Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby
Joyce before April 30.
Marc Soccio, Rabobank senior
analyst, attended at the invitation of
Riverland Wine along with former Riv-
erlander Chris Proud.
Brian set the scene for the dis-
cussion with a clear statement about
the role of the statutory authority as
defined in the AGWA Act (2013).
He also suggested that we use the
more familiar name, Wine Australia,
when referring to the authority rather
than the acronym AGWA (that doesn't
mean much to most members of
industry and is a little awkward to pro-
nounce). No problems there.
In a nutshell, its role is:
To coordinate or fund grape and
wine research and development and
facilitate extension and commerciali-
sation of R&D outcomes;
To control the export of wine from
To promote the sale and consump-
tion of wine both in Australia and
The Wine Australia team clarified
that although the act requires that it
promotes the sale and consumption
of wine in Australia and overseas, it
has no wine or brands to sell in its
The team's role is to work with
organisations such as RW to facilitate
marketing and selling opportunities for
all wine producers, including the 16
that operate in our region.
To that end, it was pleasing to
notify the visitors that the RW mar-
keting group, under the guidance
of Andrew Cheesman, has recently
concluded a survey of the needs and
aspirations of this region's producers.
Andrew has completed a number
of recommendations the RW manage-
ment committee to consider.
Subject to any final variations this
document will be published and made
available via the website by early April.
During the discussions the RW
members presented a number of rec-
ommendations for the Wine Australia
group to consider in the new strategic
Over the course of the next few
weeks these will be refined and for-
mally submitted for consideration as
part of the plan.
Brian Walsh urged members to
continue to provide input.
Although the prescribed date for
public submissions had expired, the
authority continued to welcome ideas
and suggestions to help set the scene
for the next 30 years.
This will mean there may be chang-
es to organisational structures and
consideration of how grape and wine
levies might be better utilised, albeit
that the R&D component is absolutely
quarantined to ensure that Australia
is able to maintain its pre-eminence
as the world leader in grape and wine
research and development.
If you have missed the opportunity
for input, don't delay, put your ideas
and writing and send them to admin@
riverlandwine.com.au and we will be
sure to pass them on.
Alternatively, submit your sugges-
tions directly to Brian at strategic.
AWRI workshop: adapting
to difficult vintages
This workshop is planned for
Wednesday, May 13, from 9am to
It is suited to growers and wine-
makers, and intends to address topics
related to changing climate, dealing
with extremes of temperature in the
vineyard and winery, problems with
salt in wine, dealing with wet seasons
in the winery and the vineyard, and
efficiencies and sustainability in the
This includes dealing with diffi-
cult or stuck ferments as a result of
heat-affected fruit, dealing with dis-
ease problems such as botrytis in the
vineyard and the winery, and dealing
with logistical and other pressures
associated with compressed vintage
There is no cost to attend, and
morning tea and lunch are provided.
Bookings are essential to Kate Kro-
emer, phone 8584 5816, or email:
Broken, unwanted posts
Following harvest, many growers
are typically checking the vineyard for
broken posts, with a view to replacing
This is a time-consuming and costly
exercise, but something that must be
There are a wide range of materials
used for vineyard posts at present:
CCA (copper chrome arsenate), creo-
sote, galvanised steel, plastic coated
timber, solid plastic and star droppers.
The decision of which type of posts
to use should take into account not
just the purchase cost, but also the
cost of installation, and possible long-
term cost of disposal.
Currently many growers are storing
posts on their property, but this is just
deferring the eventual need to act.
Treated timber posts cannot be
burnt, and there are guidelines to their
storage and disposal.
Information is available on the SA
Wine Industry Association (SAWIA)
website at the following link: http://
ture/ and click on the title 'Treated
Timber Guidelines' under the heading
'Resources' at left of page.
Some growers in other regions
have successfully managed to dispose
of posts by advertising in areas where
there is a significant amount of live-
stock; where farmers in need of posts
have happily travelled to remove them
This may be an option in the Ade-
laide Hills areas following recent fires.
Alternatively, growers interested in
finding out about disposal of treated
timber and poly pipe and dripper line
posts can contact Riverland Wine and
leave an expression of interest with
Kate Kroemer, phone 8584 5816, or
If there is sufficient interest, Riv-
erland Wine may be able to source
disposal options that are lower in cost.
A GROUP of 50
skiers have travelled
500km from Wellington
to Renmark to raise
awareness for men's
depression and suicide.
In its third year, Ski for
Life is a fundraising com-
ponent of the Australia
Institute of Male Health
The money is used to
run Menswatch programs
to combat male depression
and prevent suicide.
The event ran from
March 4-8 and skiers
stopped at Walker Flat,
Hogwash Bend, Overland
Corner, Loxton, Berri,
Morook and Waikerie.
Group Chairman Bill
Stockman said this year's
event was one of its best.
"A lot of the communi-
ties are aware of us coming
through now and are still
willing to help," he said.
"We are noticing that
more people want to be
involved and I think what
we are doing for the Men-
swatch programs is snow-
"Word is getting out
there more and people are
starting to do their own
Mr Stockman attend-
ed a cricket fundraiser
that raised $2500 for the
program at Morgan on
He said many Riverland
communities could see the
benefits of Ski for Life.
"We really want to en-
courage more Riverland
boats to be involved next
year," he said.
"We are very grateful to
all the communities who
helped us along the way,
especially the small com-
munity at Punyelroo Cara-
This year the group had
StandBy Response counsel-
lors involved in the ski.
"It was great to have
StandBy Response on
board," he said.
"In the first year it
really opened up our eyes
to how big the issue is.
"We had people ap-
proaching us and now we
have qualified people to
For more information
Alternatively, if you or
someone you know needs
support, call call Lifeline
on 131 114 or beyondblue
on 1300 224 636.
RIVERLAND Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES) co-ordinator Val Fewster says the program will target
youth in an attempt to reduce suicide rates in the region.
PHOTO: Pam Perre
MENSWATCH Action Group
chairman Bill Stockman in
action during Ski for Life.
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