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Zonal wine body shapes up for overhaul
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The Limestone Coast Wine Industry Council (LSCWIC), one of Australia’s few zonal industry associations, has opted to review its structure and functions. 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 – 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. CEO of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Stephen Strachan told the annual meeting of the group that while regional associations could offer good support to the industry there was increasing scrutiny from producers to ensure value for membership dollars. 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. Outgoing president 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 grapegrowing 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 Ian Ward. 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.