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WGCSA AT BANROCK
Riverland wine growers will recall that
the State Council ran a very successful
Outlook Conference at Adelaide Oval in
More than 30 Riverland members
made the journey to Adelaide. Many oth-
ers would like to have attended but could
not afford a full day away from work.
Peter Hackworth, executive officer for
the State Council, has agreed to assist Riv-
erland Wine with a ‘highlights version’ of
the presentation. Members are invited to
attend this free presentation at Banrock
Station from 2.30pm on Friday, August
22, and to sample some outstanding
Riverland wines at the conclusion of the
The purpose of repeating this pres-
entation is to provide Riverland growers
with the latest information about supply
and demand – to help them be better
informed about trends and future prob-
Peter Hackworth said the State Council
will be pleased to re-run Peter Bailey’s
presentation covering 16,000 different
wine products that were produced in Aus-
tralia last year for export markets (with
the Asia Pacific being the region where
wine sales have grown most strongly in
the past five years).
Shane Tremble, head of corporate
development for Woolworths Liquor
Group, presented very compelling evi-
dence of the need for retailers to develop
closer relationships with growers in order
to meet the demand to constantly refresh
He noted that all the growth in bottled
red and white wine sales in the past four
years has come from innovation and new
products. He also informed the gathering
that 55 per cent of red wine customers
were women while 68 per cent of white
wine customers are also women.
If you are interested to attend you
must contact Kate by phone 8584 5816
or email (email@example.com.
au). The presentation will only proceed
if at least 20 expressions of interest are
received on or before August 15.
CHOWILLA TURNS 150
The Robertson family, of Chowilla
Station, north of Renmark, are looking
forward to celebrating 150 years on the
property with an open day on Sunday,
Riverlanders and friends are invited to
attend the celebrations and explore the
property, including its shearer’s quarters,
woolshed and levy banks.
On display will be photographic and
memorabilia collections and demonstra-
tions will include blacksmithing along with
sheep shearing and blade shearing.
Wooden boats including the ps Mari-
on, from Mannum, and the ps Ruby, from
Wentworth, will be on display, and river
cruises will be available on the ps Industry
and ps Oscar W.
Guided bus tours of the stations sur-
rounding wetlands will also be available.
The displays and demonstrations will
give visitors an insight to the history of
Chowilla Station over the past 150 years.
“It should be a great day out for
families with shearing and blacksmithing
demonstrations, river cruises, music and
entertainment,” said Kerrie Robertson.
People can contact James or Kerrie
Robertson (8595 8048) with any inquiries
about the event or their shearer’s quar-
More information is available on the
website (www.chowilla.com.au) or find
Chowilla Station on Facebook.
12 MONTHS’ FREE
The publishers of the Australia’s Wine
Business Magazine (WBM), published
each month have offered all Riverland
wine growers a free 12-month subscrip-
tion to the magazine valued at $155.
Readers will recognise the face on the
front cover of this month’s publication
This month’s issue includes 10 interest-
ing editorials including interviews with
Ashley Ratcliff, ‘Henry’ Crawford and Law-
rie Stanford and an interesting piece by
Dan Traucki about Nero the Dark Horse.
As you would understand, Riverland
Wine is not able to send names and
addresses to the publisher. However,
if you would like to receive a one-year
subscription for free please notify Kate
(8584 5816, firstname.lastname@example.org.
au) and we will forward your details to Jo
Bainbridge, the circulation manager, and
she will add you to the mailing list.
THREE PER CENT
Most members are probably aware
by now that the Fair Work Commission
(FWC) ruled that there be an increase of 3
per cent in the Modern Award Minimum
Wages effective from July 1, 2014.
This means the minimum adult full time
employee wage under the Wine Industry
Award has increased to $650.10 per week
or $17.11 per hour for ordinary time.
This means employees whose classi-
fication is above the lowest classification
in the award receive an increase of 3 per
cent on their current rate. Casual employ-
ees also receive the 3 per cent increase
and the casual loading for all casuals is 25
per cent from July 1, 2014.
It’s also important to note the superan-
nuation guarantee payment has increased
to 9.5 per cent.
These increases apply to all employees
bound by an Award or Agreement. If you
are not sure of your circumstances and
if you are a member of WGCSA speak
to Chas Cini 8331 2422 or email (chas@
WEED CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
There are still places left for the field
day on August 8. If you are interested in
please contact Kate by phone (8584 5816)
or email (email@example.com)
as soon as possible.
TWO YEARS SINCE
Next month two years will
have passed since the transition
from two peak industry bodies to
a single peak industry body, Cit-
rus Australia SA Region (CASAR).
Members of the committee
would like to thank citrus grow-
ers and everyone involved in the
supply chain for their ongoing
support and commitment to the
citrus industry in SA.
CASAR has focused on build-
ing strong communication links
with industry stakeholders over
this period. CASAR primarily
represents the citrus industry
at state level but also plays
an important role as a sub-
committee to the board of Citrus
Australia. Strong linkages with
the national body are essential to
provide advice and direction on
national citrus issues and projects
on behalf of South Australian cit-
It is a government require-
ment that CASAR update the SA
Citrus Industry five-year manage-
ment plan annually. The com-
mittee therefore works closely
with the office of the Minister for
Agriculture in SA as well as PIRSA,
which acts as the administrators
of the citrus growers’ fund.
The citrus growers fund is
made up of the $1 dollar per
tonne contribution deducted
from growers to fund CASAR
activities stipulated in the five-
year management plan that are
required to benefit the South
Australian Citrus Industry.
Since CASAR’s inception we
have been focusing on the follow-
ing key activities:
q Communication with
q Market access including
q Juice industry issues
q Promotion of the industry
A very important develop-
ment was the appointment of
Sam Rogers as industry develop-
ment officer (IDO) for South Aus-
tralia in February 2014.
Sam immersed herself in her
position from day one and her
first six months have been very
busy addressing a range of indus-
try related issues from a grower
and packer perspective.
Sam also has a national com-
ponent to her role and is consid-
ered a huge asset to CASAR and
the SA citrus industry in general.
CASAR has worked hard on
establishing important relation-
ships with many organisations
such as PIRSA, SARDI, Biosecurity
SA at a state level and nation-
ally with departments such as
The Department of Agriculture,
DFFAT, Austrade, Horticulture
Australia Ltd, Plant Health Aus-
tralia and many others consid-
ered important to the future
growth and development of the
South Australian industry.
CASAR continues to collabo-
rate with other industry groups
and is a member of the Horticul-
ture Coalition of SA.
The Horticulture Coalition is
made up of 13 other horticultural
groups in SA and is an important
body for horticulture in our state.
The formation of the Horticulture
Coalition also provides a voice to
horticultural industries through
a representative sitting on the
board Primary Producers SA
PPSA is led by former SA
premier Rob Kerin and is the
new peak body for agriculture in
South Australia which replaced
the previous body, South Austral-
ian Farmers Federation.
FRUIT FLY ACTION
Over a year ago CASAR and
members of the South Australian
Fresh Fruit Growers Association
formed the SA Fruit Fly Action
Group. The formation of this
group was very timely following
the fruit fly outbreaks in the Riv-
erland in January this year.
Representatives from both
industry bodies meet on a regular
basis and volunteer a lot of their
time to address urgent fruit fly
issues on behalf of our respective
industries, region and state.
The Action Group has
achieved great success in lobby-
ing the government on a range
of issues and collaborates and
provides support to Biosecurity
SA on their fruit fly program. The
Action Group has also established
linkages with similar horticulture
groups in Australia and were
instrumental in organising the
national fruit fly conference held
in Waikerie in October last year.
Since this meeting a National
Fruit Fly Advisory Committee is
now being developed with the
full support of the Federal Minis-
ter of Agriculture.
Most recently the Action
Group agreed to educate our
youth and create awareness
of fruit fly amongst our local
community. A competition has
been launched with all the Riv-
erland schools where students
are required to be creative and
design a poster with the theme,
‘Keep fruit fly out of the River-
land’. Prizes will be awarded to
the winning student and school
and presented by the SA Minister
for Agriculture Leon Bignell in
October of this year.
CASAR would once again like
to express its sincere thanks and
appreciation to the citrus indus-
try for their ongoing support over
the past two years.
The future success of the SA
citrus industry is dependent on
open and transparent commu-
nication between CASAR and its
stakeholders. We therefore urge
our industry to communicate
any issues of concern, problems
or ideas with us so that they can
be addressed to the benefit and
sustainability of our long-term
future in the region.
If you have questions about
anything in this week’s column or
an issue that you would like dis-
cussed please contact the chair
Con Poulos at saregion@citru-
saustralia.com.au or Sam Rogers
com.au or 0477 110 933.
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
Entries for the 42nd Riverland Wine Show
are open and the committee are inviting the
participation of wine and brandy producers
with product from the Riverland, along with
the Swan Hill, Riverina and Rutherglen
Eric Semmler, chairman of the Riverland Wine
Show committee, says that the show remains “an
integral and important forum for the evaluation and
assessment of wines from inland irrigated regions”.
Wine judging will take place in Renmark on
September 8-9, with David Morris of Morris Wines
(Rutherglen) holding the position of chief judge and
leading the experienced judging panel.
Together they will provide a technical assess-
ment of wines produced from inland irrigated fruit.
Entries for this year’s Riverland Wine Show
can be made online (riverlandwineshow.com.au/
wineshow) or by contacting Amelia Hildebrand
(0438 391 222) for a class schedule and entry form.
The public tasting and gala presentation dinner
will be held at Ruston’s Roses function centre on
September 17 from 6pm.
The 2014 dinner will celebrate the achievements
of individuals and producers from the Riverland
Bookings can be made by contacting Amelia
A local winery has endorsed Adelaide’s
2015 Cellar Door Wine Festival, describing
it as an opportunity to connect with loyal
consumers, new wine lovers and trade
Now in its fifth year, the festival will be held on
February 20-22 next year and according to Jenny
Semmler, of 919 Wines, it represents a marketing
opportunity for winemakers.
“We have taken part in the Cellar Door Wine
Festival every year since it started,” she said.
“For us it is a wonderful way to showcase our
wines and our region to people who really love to
“We have found that the festival generates ongo-
ing interest, and have festival patrons visiting our
cellar door up to two years afterwards.”
The most awarded food and wine event in Aus-
tralia, the festival is hosted by the Adelaide Conven-
tion Centre and brings together 170 South Austral-
ian wineries and food producers to create the coun-
try’s biggest cellar door.
In 2014, more than 9000 people passed through
the centre’s doors for the event, an increase of 30
per cent on 2013 attendance numbers.
Research from the 2014 festival showed that
festival-goers were interested in discovering new
South Australian producers at the event.
“A huge 92 per cent of festival-goers said that
they intend to visit at least one of the wineries in the
next six months,” said Adelaide Convention Centre
chief executive Alec Gilbert.
“With an average spend of over $150 per festi-
val-goer at the event, the festival not only facilitates
the discovery of new tastes but also allows visi-
tors to purchase their new found South Australian
favourites to enjoy at home.”
South Australian wineries, breweries and food
producers are encouraged to act quickly to secure
a spot at the 2015 Cellar Door Wine Festival. For
more details Adelaide Convention Centre exhi-
bitions co-ordinator Rachel Prior (8210 6759 or
Cellar door festival
earns thumbs up
Entries for the Riverland Wine Show are open.
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