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More needs to be done to protect Barossa’s wine industry

Barossa Valley’s member of Parliament, Ivan Venning, spoke strongly about the formation of a grape and wine consultative committee during Parliament last week.

A grape and wine consultative committee would report directly to the Federal Government through the Minister and would assist the Government in making educated policy decisions regarding the wine industry when required.

Such a committee would report on the state of the industry, the likely future of the industry and what corrections or incentives are required from time to time in order to deal with industry fluctuations.

Venning said that the formation of such a committee would aid growers by providing them with more relevant and timely information.

“A grape and wine consultative committee would provide balance and leadership from industry to Federal Government and back to the States and wine regions,” Venning said.

“For future development of the wine industry to be sustainable it needs to be based upon a better awareness of the global dynamics affecting the wine sector as well as an improved understanding of the Australian domestic market.

“I believe the formation of the committee would play a vital role in enabling the Barossa wine industry to continue to be a growing and sustainable industry into the future.

“Drought, the fluctuations in the Australian dollar and an oversupply of grapes have all impacted on the wine sector and will continue to do so.

“I am of the firm belief that if a committee was established, growers and wineries would gain the vital advice and help from the Government that they need to be able to successfully manage the ups and downs which occur in the industry,” he said.

The Leader, Wednesday, 28 November 2007.

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