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Review of wine sector's national bodies

A review of the Australian wine sector’s national bodies is currently being conducted for the benefit of all Australia’s winemakers and grapegrowers.

This review will ensure that the next generation of industry initiatives is undertaken within a framework that aligns industry strategy and implementation and is a key initiative of Wine Australia: Directions to 2025, the wine sector strategy released in May 2007.

The review’s terms of reference will address the functions of the Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA), Wine Grape Growers’ Australia (WGGA), the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC).

WFA President and Chairman of the Review Taskforce, David Clarke, said that "Our inter-organisational structures need to continue to capitalise on the strong collaborative culture that exists in Australian wine, and at the same time they need to adapt to the very clear challenges confronting our sector."

"Those challenges include a marketing campaign to promote the diversity and regionality of Australian wine, an escalation in our R&D effort, particularly around our understanding of the impact of climate change, and a focus on policy reforms including the priority area of water policy," Clarke said.

"With the launch of Directions to 2025, we have a great opportunity to apply some new thinking to how we operate collaboratively so that the range of existing activities can be better leveraged and better aligned to a single sector strategy," he said.

A Taskforce has been formed to oversee the review process, comprising:

• David Clarke AO, Chairman (President, Winemakers' Federation of Australia) • Alan Newton (Chairman, Wine Grape Growers’ Australia) • John Moore AO (Chairman, Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation) • Dennis Mutton, (Chairman, Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation)

The review process will include consultation with government, state and regional associations, industry leaders and stakeholders and a consultation paper will be released in September 2007.

The Taskforce will make its final recommendations to a joint meeting of the Winemakers' Federation of Australia and Wine Grape Growers’ Australia in November 2007.

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