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WA joins forces with WGGA

The Wine Industry Association of Western Australia (WIAWA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) have joined forces to offer WA winegrape growers a single membership to both organisations.

WIAWA has been investigating ways to add value for WA Wine Industry members and this is the first of many initiatives to be rolled out to industry over the next 12 months. From July 2009, WA winegrape growers will, at no additional cost, be paying a single fee to gain membership and representation at the state and national levels in these two key industry bodies.

“This is a great step forward for the industry as we are now able to deliver more services while reducing the cost and paper work. All WA winegrape growers will have one contact point through the Wine Industry Association of WA, but will have access to information, benefits and the advocacy efforts of both the state and national bodies,” stated WIAWA vice president and WGGA board member, Kerry Smart.

The two organisations have been actively working together over the past six months representing winegrape growers and producers on the National Award Modernisation process and believe that, without the co-ordinated approach to the issue, conditions imposed on the industry would be significantly more restrictive.

John Griffiths, WIAWA president said: “This is another step forward for the association in its efforts to achieve significant improvements for the WA Wine Industry in these very difficult times. By joining the state association, WA winegrape growers will now have the weight of both the WA and national peak bodies representing them on the myriad state and Federal issues impacting growers.”

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