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14/10/2008

New board to oversee grape and wine research and development

A new Board has been appointed to oversee strategic investment in research and development for the Australian grape and wine industry.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke has appointed five new Board members and reappointed two existing members to the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation.

Members have been appointed until 31 August 2011, with Dennis Mutton, of South Australia, to continue as Chair.

“The Rudd Government will continue to support research and development to underpin a vibrant Australian wine industry into the future,” Mr Burke said.

“The Board brings together a range of people with extensive experience in the Australian viticulture and viniculture industries, including in scientific research, marketing, financial planning, training and academia.

“The Australian wine industry faces some tough challenges, including the drought, large surplus grape production, water shortages and the impact of global pressures on fuel and fertiliser costs.

“At the same time, there are some opportunities, including the falling Australian dollar which is benefiting some exporters.

“The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation helps industry adapt to future challenges and opportunities through strategic investment in research and development.”

Mr Burke thanked retiring members Kathy Grigg, Peter Hayes, Douglas McWilliam and Brian Englefield for their contribution to the Grape and Wine Research and Development Board.

Board members Jim Caddy and Terry Lee have been returned for a second term.

The other five Board members are new appointees.

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The full list of new Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation Board members follows.

Dr Anne-Maree Boland—Agricultural scientist and associate partner with RM Consulting Group. Dr Boland has 20 years’ experience in dealing with natural resource and water management in Australian viticulture and horticulture industries. She has broad experience in management of research and development.

Jim Caddy—Chairman, CCW Cooperative Ltd. Mr Caddy has been involved in the grape and wine industry all his life and has extensive experience in most facets of the industry. As Chairman of CCW Co-operative Ltd, he oversees all aspects of the grape grower co-operative’s business.

Professor Helen Garnett—Vice Chancellor, Charles Darwin University. Professor Garnett trained as a microbiologist and her research spanned the plant, medical and environmental fields. She has led scientific research and development activities and served on many national and international science bodies. Professor Garnett is currently the Deputy Chair of the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board.

Terry Hill—Director, Horticulture Industry Development in the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Mr Hill is involved in planning joint strategic research and development activities with industry. He has a strong background in science and science review activities. He is also Director of Horticulture Australia Limited.

Andrew Kay—Managing Director, Wirra Wirra Vineyards, McLaren Vale. Mr Kay has an established commercial and marketing background, having held senior positions with organisations across wine, dairy and fruit juice industries and the financial services sectors. He also has broad business experience gained working in domestic and international markets.

Dr Terry Lee—Wine industry consultant. Dr Lee has had an extensive background in the grape and wine industry ranging from executive positions in research and administration in all commercial, statutory and academic applications. He is currently Co-Chairman of the University of Adelaide’s Wine Advisory Board.

Mary Retallack—Senior Consultant and Viticulturist. Ms Retallack has viticultural expertise at all levels in the Australian wine industry which has been honed over the past 13 years in a range of technical, vineyard management, training and extension roles. Ms Retallack currently provides broad consulting services throughout Australia using innovative technologies to provide practical, sustainable solutions and capacity-building opportunities for Australian grapegrowers.

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