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12/02/2015

Tenders sought for vineyard biosecurity projects

Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) is seeking tenders for two projects aimed at securing a sustainable future for national biosecurity management in viticulture.

Funded by contributions from a range of grapegrower organisations, the initiative will reinforce viticulture’s commitment to long-term sustainability of vineyards, despite difficult economic times.

Lawrie Stanford, WGGA executive director, said the wine industry has consistently demonstrated an understanding of the important of biosecurity.

“We are delighted to be able to initiate these projects for on-going biosecurity management in the wine sector and across the viticulture industries.”

Both the wine industry and government are concerned about biosecurity, according to Stanford, who said the numbers attached to the risk are big.

“As an example, the 1995 Papaya Fruit Fly incursion in Queensland cost over $150 million initially – and there are on-going containment costs. People understand the importance of being prepared in this area” Stanford said.

To ensure the best outcome from the projects being tendered out, WGGA are looking to collaborate with suitably qualified organisations or individuals.

Outcomes will include close cooperation and involvement between table grape growers, dried fruit growers, the nursery sector and the wine sector.

“There are two complementary but separate projects, and we are open to receiving tenders for undertaking them separately or together,” Stanford said.

“One of the projects is a short-term task to prepare a business case to put to industry for long-term national biosecurity activities across the viticulture industries, and a funding base for the wine sector, while the other addresses ongoing viticulture and wine sector management of biosecurity in the interim.”

Vic Patrick, WGGA chair and long-time advocate of biosecurity, said a concerted, proactive program for biosecurity preparedness reflects the global reach of modern trade.

“Not only does more frequent travel of people and transport of goods around the globe increase the risk of pest and disease incursions, but at the same time, the increasing importance of overseas trade means preventing such incursions is vital to preserving our trading status in overseas markets as well as for promoting our products as disease free,” he said.  

Interested parties are directed to the tender document at www.wgga.com.au in the first instance and they may discuss their interest with Lawrie Stanford, Executive Director of WGGA on (08) 8133 4400 or 0417 859 282. 

 


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