Building pathways to premium export markets

  • $6.7 million in State Government investment to support 20 new projects
  • Part of the $22.1 million Royalties for Regions Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund

Increasing exports of Western Australian barley to Asian brewers and a strategy to increase premium wine exports are among a range of new projects supported by the Liberal National Government to drive agricultural growth.

Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced grants to not-for-profit farmer driven organisations totalling $6.7 million across 20 projects.

"These grants are across a range of areas and form part of the State Government's broader commitment to grow the agrifood sector and capitalise on increasing demand for safe, high-quality food," Mr Nalder said.

"The local groups are co-investing in these initiatives. Wines of Western Australia will use their grant to identify the best pathways to grow the State's premium wine exports.

"Building on existing relationships in Asia, the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association will integrate market intelligence and on-farm agronomic advantages to position WA malting barley as the preferred supply source for Asian brewers."

The grants are part of the Liberal National Government's Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, made possible by the Royalties for Regions Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative.

Mr Redman said the initiative was focused on increasing economic growth in regional communities.

"WA is being increasingly recognised internationally as a potential investment destination for agribusiness due to its availability of land, water and climatic conditions suitable for a wide range of agricultural produces," he said.

"The grants are part of the $22.1 million Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, made possible by Royalties for Regions' $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative and will help generate long-term improvements to agribusiness in WA."

Additional projects remain under consideration in the first round of grants, and a second funding round through the fund will open later this year.

Fact File

  •  The Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund is one of 15 programs under the $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative

·   For more information, visit there https://www.agric.wa.gov.au

Premier's Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program

The Premier's Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program supports entrepreneurship and innovation in agriculture and aquaculture by offering scholarships to regional entrepreneurs in the sector.

This scholarship provides Western Australian farmers and individuals engaged in the agriculture or aquaculture sector up to $30,000 to enable them to develop and pursue their idea through exposure to international best practice and leaders in their field. At the completion of their travel and learning experiences the successful applicant will share their knowledge and learning with industry.

This Program forms one component of the Science and Agribusiness Connect initiative being administered by the Office of Science in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

Applications close midday Friday 5 August 2016.

More information, including the applicant information and application form, is available on the DPC website.

If you have any queries please contact either Judd Millner or Johanna Dowsett at the Office of Science on 6552 6080 or science@dpc.wa.gov.au.

Entwine Australia

When the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) took on the management of Entwine, the team was tasked with implementing a suite of industry recommendations to ensure that Entwine provided value to its members. This has been a significant task and I am pleased to report that the ‘refreshed’ Entwine has received endorsement from Wine Grape Growers Australia, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Australia to be the principle vehicle to convey the Australian wine industry’s sustainability credentials.

Entwine continues to serve as a national ‘umbrella’ program, providing oversight and direction for participating programs and a mechanism for national data collection. AWRI staff have been working closely with the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, Freshcare Limited and also the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to ensure that a unified and rigorous approach is taken to maintaining and improving the reputation of Entwine.

Entwine carries significant cachet and is recognised internationally as the Australian wine industry’s mark of sustainability. The AWRI is working to enhance the prominence of Entwine and the connection amongst Entwine members, consumers and customers.

Wine Industry APC Committee Members Selected

The establishment of the APC Wine Producers’ Committee is progressing to schedule. To date, the following requirements have been completed:

·       A Producers’ Committee has been appointed by the APC Commission. See below for a list of the members. As there were 10 individuals who applied, the Commissioners determined that it was appropriate that all 10 should be appointed. The appointees provide a good representation of industry with regard to region, scale of operation and position in the value chain. The resulting (randomly occurring) structure of the Committee closely reflects the requirements of the WoWA Board under an APC: 5 regional representatives; 3 for scale of production ( < 150 tonnes, 151 – 1000 tonnes, >1000 tonnes); and grower representation.

An initial meeting date for the Committee has been set – Friday 11th March, 1pm – 3pm
·       Regulations specific to the wine industry are at second draft. These reflect the method of collection defined through our industry ratification process as noted below:

-          Fee paid by the owner of fruit at the crusher
-          Fee for service to paid based on tonnes of fruit processed

The schedule going forward is:

·       Regional Associations and WoWA to develop budgets and identify appropriate fee for   service rates through consultation with producers
·       Budgets and FFS rates presented to Committee for approval. 
·       Upon Committee approval, budgets/FFS rates presented to Commissioners for approval
·       With Commissioner approval, FFS charge is submitted to Minister for Agriculture for approval. FFS charge will be gazetted / published at least 14 days before date of commencement of charge.
·       FFS collection to commence on the date specified in the gazetted notice ( more detail on this to be provided when regulations have been approved)

See here for further information on the WA wine industry APC Producers' Committee, or contact Larry Jorgensen on:
E - ceo@winewa.asn.au
M - 0448 884 161

A sustainable funding model for the WA wine industry

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. 

A copy of the strategic plan is available here:  2014 -24 WA Wine Industry Strategic Plan

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 APC model for the WA wine industry.  This model 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.  A copy of the minutes of this meeting is available here.

Given this mandate, Wines of WA wrote to the APC stating the WA wine industry’s intention to poll producers on the establishment of an Agricultural Produce Commission (APC) to support industry development.  A copy of this letter is available here.

The following information provides an overview of the APC and how it can work to provide sustainable funding for the WA wine industry:

Producers can get more information by:

Swan Valley the toast of Canberra

Swan Valley food and wine producers are the toast of Canberra after going to the capital to promote their region as a gourmand’s paradise.

A delegation from the City of Swan council and local businesses has been walking the corridors of power and meeting key ministers as part of efforts to build the region’s profile.

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Policy on the Run - WA Wine Industry Response to the 2015-16 State Budget

The WA wine industry was disappointed to be informed of the abolishment of the long standing state based Cellar Door Rebate through the release of the 2015-16 state budget yesterday. 

With no prior consultation, the industry was not able to provide the state government with information on the value of the rebate to wine regions in the state’s south west.  The rebate provided regionally based WA producers with an incentive to resource cellar door and wine tourism offerings.  These businesses are significant tourism attractions, driving visitation to south west wine regions.  They are also significant employers within these regions and create an environment where synergistic businesses thrive, providing a further employment multiplying effect.

It is difficult to understand why a scheme that was an incentive to food and wine tourism businesses would be abolished when the state government is also purporting to support the transition from a “mining boom to a dining boom”.

Wines of WA President, Redmond Sweeny suggested that a better approach would have been to “consult with our industry to gain a deeper understanding of how the subsidy is re-invested back into the region through the operation of significant wine tourism businesses.  Businesses re-invest to create unique regional experiences that attract visitation by domestic and international travellers who are seeking a premium experience.”

WoWA is buoyed by the positive approach to resourcing tourism market development in the budget via an additional $24m for new destination marketing. WoWA also welcomes the increase in funding to attract more visitors to the state with the Tourism WA marketing budget increase to $31.2 million.
WoWA also backs the $27 million investment over three years to support the State Government’s events program and to target interstate and international conferences, and $11 million of Royalties for Regions funding to extend the Regional Tourism Marketing Program. This will have a positive effect on wine tourism businesses