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Blackwood Valley wine region demonstrates environmental responsibility

As an initiative of the Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association (BVWIA), a two day workshop will be held on Tuesday 10 and 17 June for grapegrowers and winemakers across WA to identify and manage on-property environmental impacts.

The workshop will assist participants to develop an Environmental Management System (EMS) for their property, vineyard or winery (or all three!) and will be run by the BestFarms EMS, a not-for-profit project that has been successfully running in the south west for the last five years. BVWIA’s President Jennifer Duncan is looking forward to the upcoming workshops and encourages all interested grape and wine producers to attend.

“Being able to demonstrate environmental responsibility and sustainability is becoming more and more important in the wine industry, and this initiative of the BVWIA will enable growers to do just that,” Duncan said.

“As a wine region, the Blackwood Valley wants to be recognised for environmental excellence on a national scale, and this is just one step towards that goal.”

During the workshops participants will carry out an environmental review of their business and property, identifying and prioritising issues for actions. They will then develop a property action plan to address their top priority issues.

Participants work one-to-one with a trained facilitator who will assist them throughout the workshop, visit them on-site and provide on-going support with environmental issues and identifying funding sources.

The workshop will run from 9.30 – 3.30pm on Tuesday 10th and 17th June at the Boyup Brook Club, $150 for BVWAI members and $175 for non-members.

“The workshop has FarmBis support, so participants will be able to claim between 50 – 65% of the course fees, which is a great incentive,” Duncan said.

“Several of our members are already implementing a BestFarms EMS on their properties and have found it a great benefit. Not only will this initiative give producers an advantage with regards to marketing their wine or grapes, it will assist them in achieving better environmental management and gaining recognition for their actions.”

To register your interest for the workshop, please contact the BestFarms Team at the Blackwood Basin Group Office on 9765 1555 or visit the Blackwood Valley Wine Association website at www.blackwoodvalleywine.asn.au.

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