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Zonal wine body announces overhaul
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The Limestone Coast Wine Industry Council (LSCWIC), one of Australia’s few zonal industry associations, opted to review its structure and functions at the Annual General Meeting held on 23 August 2005. The review process comes in response to the evolution of the regional associations and the industry at large, and its objective is to refresh the council to ensure it emerges a more streamlined organisation.
The council brings the Limestone Coast wine industry together, with its executive committee including the heads of all regional associations within the Limestone Coast zone – namely Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Mt Benson, Robe and Mount Gambier, as well as covering outlying or non-GI wine-producing areas such as Penola, Bordertown-Mundulla and Lucindale.
The CEO of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Stephen Strachan presented to the LSCWIC meeting, and commented that while regional associations could offer good support to the industry, there was increasing scrutiny from producers to ensure value for membership dollars.
Outgoing president of the council, Mr Max Arney said, “We are looking forward to working together as a zone to identify the critical objectives and activities for the Council. This will help us to maximise the potential of this fantastic grape growing and wine producing area of Australia.
“We will concentrate particularly on eliminating duplication with the regions and focusing on core activities that add net value to the zonal wine industry,” he said.
The review will be overseen by interim President Mr Ian Ward. A workshop will be held in October, to be followed by a period of consultation. It is intended that by post-vintage 2006, the ‘new’ council will be up and running, with an effective structure and forward plan for the ongoing benefit of the Limestone Coast wine zone.