WA Wine Industry State Election Policy Statement

Over the course of the state election, Wines of WA has communicated a non-partisan policy position for all parties to consider. Please see attached policy document which outlines our approach.

The main aim of our engagement has been to secure a commitment to formal consultation with the WA wine industry on two key issues; wine tourism and market development. We also intend to confirm with the State Government, the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development.

To date, we have received a commitment from:

  • Opposition Leader Mark McGowan confirming that, if elected, Labor will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Mr McGowan stated, “If elected, a McGowan Labor Government is committed to formally consult with the West Australian wine industry on how to drive wine tourism and export marker development.  WA's wine industry is an important part of diversifying our economy and creating jobs for the future.”
  • Blackwood Warren MLA Terry Redman and Nationals WA candidate for Vasse Peter Gordon confirming that Nationals WA will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Mr Gordon and Mr Redman stated, “If elected at the upcoming State Election, Nationals WA would undertake to set up a formal consultation process with the WA grape and wine community, along with tourism stakeholders, to look at options to boost cellar door tourism and support export market development.
  • Premier Colin Barnett and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam confirming that, if elected, Liberals WA will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Ms Mettam stated, ”a Liberal-led government will commit to a formal consultation process with the WA grape and wine industry to boost cellar door tourism, export market development and regional development.

WA Wine Industry State Election Policy Statement LINK

Larry Jorgensen
Chief Executive Officer
Wines of WA
T – 0448 884 161
E – ceo@winewa.asn.au

 

AusIndustry - Tradex Scheme

 

Many wine producers import glass bottles/packaging and then re-exported to an overseas market. The Tradex Scheme can assist in recouping duty and GST.

Key benefits:

  • Tradex is a simple scheme which offers up-front duty and GST exemptions for goods which are being imported for subsequent re-export. These goods can be kept in the same condition as received or incorporated into other goods. Using Tradex greatly benefits your cash-flow, as you receive these exemptions in advance (typically 10% GST and 5% duty). It is very easy to use and largely self-managed.
  • Companies can import any measure of goods such as food products, packaging, plastics or raw materials. These products can be used for incorporation by manufacture or simple assembly for an overseas market (the export market can be of any size).

Margaret River: Cabernet Hang-Time Forum

You are invited to participate in the Margaret River Cabernet Hang-Time Forum to hear the latest research outcomes and opinions on how ‘Cabernet hang-times’ impact on fruit quality, wine quality and profitability from local, national and international experts.

  • Location: Curtin University - Margaret River Campus 
  • Date: Tuesday 24th of January 2017
  • Time: 8:30am – 2:00pm (tea/coffee from 8:00am)
  • Cost: No cost - fully funded by the Wine Australia, Regional Program (WA)
  • For: Grape growers, winemakers, sales, marketing and interested stakeholders
  • RSVP: Email Jodie from Wines of WA at winewa@winewa.asn.au with your name(s) or Tel:0466-744-957 SMS:0466-744-957 Keith Pekin with your details

The Wine Export Approval Report Update - September 2016

The Wine Export Approval Reports for the period ending September 2016 have been released. The national report is available HERE

Summarised briefly, exports out of WA as a Moving Average Total (MAT) to September 2016 have increased 17% in value and 10% in volume.

The top 6 markets by aggregated value are listed below. Also included is average price per litre (note that these will differ from average price per litre for regionally GI labelled wine which are typically higher than the aggregated value/litre for WA GI labelled wine).

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Slashing Causing Fires at Vineyards

 Some key points:

  • Ensure all harvesting/mowing equipment is well maintained. Continually check for build-up of straw and grass around hot engine components such as exhausts, turbo chargers, etc.;
  • Re-fuel vehicles on bare areas or fire-breaks;
  • Keep a water source on the slasher such as a 9L water extinguisher. This needs to be checked and operational. Alternatively, a slip on unit nearby or following would be better; and
  • It is also important someone is keeping an eye on the area as the slasher moves across the grass to watch for ignitions.

Tourism Council WA - Workshops

Tourism Council WA is delivering a great range of new and updated industry relevant workshops in Perth over the next couple of months. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please share the below information among your networks. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your assistance.

Tourism Council WA is bringing its great range of new and updated training workshops to Perth in the next few months. These short, practical and affordable workshops are industry-focussed and suitable for both frontline staff and managers.

Upcoming workshops are:

November

·         Building your brand through digital marketing (Nov 3) - This workshop covers topics including major consumer review sites, identifying and responding to negative and positive reviews, working with influencers and developing a content strategy.

·         Facebook Marketing: Insights for Small Business (Nov 3) - Learn best practice for Facebook, including how to set up your page correctly and how to use Facebook Insights.

·         Advanced Facebook for Business: Indepth Advertising with Strategy (Nov 4) - In this advanced workshop, learn how to run effective Facebook campaigns, how to set up and monitor remarketing campaigns and developing a content strategy.

·         Twitter & Instagram: Understanding the Platforms (Nov 4) - This workshop covers the value and suitability of Twitter, social media tips and tricks, management tools and hashtags, among many other topics.

·         Emerging Platforms & Trends in Social Media (Nov 4) - Find out what’s new and what the future trends are in digital, how to use video streaming and how and why to use other platforms, such as Pinterest and Snapchat.

·         Marketing with Strategy (Nov 10) - Learn how to develop an in-depth marketing plan and strategise how to effectively deliver it to your customers.

·         China Ready (Nov 15) - Get your business ready to service the growing Chinese market and get one step closer to becoming China Ready & Accredited® in this workshop which covers cross-cultural training for managers and service staff; language, culture, traditions and taboos; meeting, greeting and serving; and the opportunity to complete a free assessment to achieve China Ready & Accredited® Individual Certification – an essential requirement for a business to become China Ready & Accredited®.

·         Tourism Boost (Nov 15) - This workshop is designed as an introduction and refresher course on the tourism industry and will give you a competitive edge in the growing marketplace.

December

·         Building your brand through digital marketing (Dec 1) - This workshop covers topics including major consumer review sites, identifying and responding to negative and positive reviews, working with influencers and developing a content strategy.

·         Facebook Marketing: Insights for Small Business (Dec 1) - Learn best practice for Facebook, including how to set up your page correctly and how to use Facebook Insights.

·         Advanced Facebook for Business: Indepth Advertising with Strategy (Dec 2) - In this advanced workshop, learn how to run effective Facebook campaigns, how to set up and monitor remarketing campaigns and developing a content strategy.

·         Twitter & Instagram: Understanding the Platforms (Dec 2) - This workshop covers the value and suitability of Twitter, social media tips and tricks, management tools and hashtags, among many other topics.

·         Emerging Platforms & Trends in Social Media (Dec 2) - Find out what’s new and what the future trends are in digital, how to use video streaming and how and why to use other platforms, such as Pinterest and Snapchat.