NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ESTABLISH A WINE PRODUCERS’ COMMITTEE FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WINE PRODUCERS

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ESTABLISH A WINE PRODUCERS’ COMMITTEE FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WINE PRODUCERS

The strategic review of the WA wine industry undertaken in 2013-14 identified industry representational structure and adequately funded representation as critical to the future success of our industry. The resulting industry stakeholder endorsed strategic plan provided a template for industry representational structure that is unified, focused, lean and influential.

The strategic review process also confirmed that industry supported the investigation of a secure funding model for industry representation and development and requested that Wines of WA should undertake this process on their behalf.

The most suitable model identified was the Agricultural Produce Commission (APC), a State statutory body established to collect fees on behalf of industry participants to provide services for their industry.

Wines of Western Australia has worked collaboratively with Regional Associations to develop an APCmodel for the WA wine industry.  Thismodel has been developed through an extensive consultation process which started in July 2013 and concluded in August 2015.  The resulting model was formally ratified by all nine Regional Associations on 31st July 2015.

 In the West Australian on Friday 9th October, the APC will post a notice of this intention to establish a wine producers' committee for WA wine producers. See a copy of the notice here.

Further information will be available on the Wines of WA website (www.winewa.asn.au) from Tuesday 13th October.  Wines of WA and Regional Associations will facilitate an educational process for producers ensuring all understand the benefits of an APC and how it will affect their business.