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New Australian Grape and Wine Authority

Based on 2013–14 figures, the Grape and Wine Authority will have a combined budget of approximately $35 million

The Gillard Government has introduced legislation to create a single statutory authority for the wine and grape industries, by merging the Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation and Wine Australia.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said bringing research and development (R&D) and marketing into a single body would benefit the wine industry.

“This is a sensible reform, called for by industry, that will give the wine and grape industries a stronger voice,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The new Australian Grape and Wine Authority will deliver for industry. A single body will be able to coordinate and streamline industry needs more effectively.”

A single body will also be able to align R&D priorities with marketing, information provision and regulatory compliance.

“I welcomed the proposal by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia for this merger.

“In the Government’s 2012 R&D policy statement these type of synergies were discussed as a way to reduce costs and support industries. I’m pleased that the Government has been able to deliver on that proposal.”

The legislation proposes that the new body will commence on 1 July 2014 with both organisations continuing with business as usual until that date.

Based on 2013–14 figures, the Grape and Wine Authority will have a combined budget of approximately $35 million.

“I look forward to seeing the Australian Grape and Wine Authority continue to support Australia’s reputation as a world-class producer and exporter of wine,” Minister Ludwig said.

by S. C.
01 july 2013, World News > Oceania

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