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

 

The Inaugural Cullen Award For Excellence

James Halliday AM announced as the winner for 2016

A cold and raining evening did not stop a hundred guests from gathering at Cullen Wines for the Black Tie presentation dinner on Saturday 16 July.

Vanya Cullen and the Cullen family hosted the inaugural Cullen Award For Excellence, an event dedicated to recognising outstanding effort made by an individual, group or organisation to promote or improve wine or winemaking practices in Western Australia, whether they reside in WA, Australia or internationally.

The Award is dedicated to honouring the legacy of Diana Madeline and Kevin John Cullen, who together founded Cullen Wines in 1971 and believed in the potential the fledgling area had to produce world class wines. Their warmth, generousity of spirit and love for others around them was shared with the assembled guests through remembrances from some of their closest friends on the night.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening, local Steve Castan, introduced Ms Libby Mettam MLA and Member for Vasse to open the proceedings, who was there to represent the Premier of WA. Rick Cullen spoke of the legacy of Diana and Kevin and shared with guests handwritten notes from their mother Diana. Vanya Cullen had the honour of introducing and toasting the inaugural winner, James Halliday AM to a standing ovation from the esteemed crowd.

Vanya Cullen spoke of the nature of the Cullen Award for Excellence and how it was focussed on recognising the maxims of Quality, Integrity or Sustainability, the three pillars of Cullen Wines’ philosophy. Vanya said they did not have to look very far in choosing James Halliday as the very deserving inaugural recipient. She read a letter of tribute from Dr John Gladstones (the scientist behind the original 1965 paper recommending Margaret River as an ideal wine growing region) in which he praised the work and dedication of James Halliday in supporting the quality of wine produced in Western Australia nationally and around the world.

James Halliday began his career as a lawyer, a career in which he excelled, but he also followed his love and passion for winemaking. He earned a stellar reputation as a wine judge and wine writer around the globe and published his first book at the age of 41. Many years, many books and many, many tastings later, James is known as the pre eminent authority on Australian wines and his annual publication, the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, is considered the ‘bible’ of Australian Wines.

John Jens acknowledged James’ contribution to WA, calling him ‘the greatest friend the WA Wine Industry has’.

In accepting the Award, James spoke of the ‘perfect’ conditions Margaret River held for winemaking and his ongoing love for the region.

Guests on at the black tie evening included Suzanne Halliday, Larry Jorgensen and Redmond Sweeney of Wines of Western Australia, Pip Close CEO of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Stuart Watson President of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association, Anna Oades CEO of the South West Development Corporation, members of the Cullen family, and representatives of some of the finest wineries in Western Australia, including Moss Wood, Palandri, Woodlands Wines, Fraser Gallop Estate, Lenton Brae, Clairault, Howard Park, Laurence Wines, Lamonts, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate and many local dignitaries.

They enjoyed a sensational meal of fresh marron, pork belly and miso, beef cap, cheese and petit fours, prepared by Michelin star trained Executive Chef Colin Anderson and his dedicated team. Matched, of course to sensational new release and vintage Kevin John and Diana Madeline Cullen Wines, and enjoyed at long tables under glistening lights. The rain and winds persisted outside, but laughter, warm remembrances and gracious tributes kept guests entertained and delighted long into the evening, signalling the success of this inaugural event.

In conjunction with Cullen Wines, The Cullen Award for Excellence was supported by the WA Wine Press Club, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Wines of Western Australia and the Margaret River Wine Industry Association.

The Cullen Award for Excellence will be an annual award, culminating in a formal gala dinner to name the recipient. Any enquiries can be directed to enquiries@cullenwines.com.au.

Measuring the Impact - the economic and social consequences of WET Rebate reform in Western Australia

Media Statement:
Author: Wines of Western Australia (WoWA)
Subject: Measuring the Impact – the economic and social consequences of WET Rebate reform in Western Australia
Date Monday 16th May 2016

In the 2016/17 budget, the Federal Government announced a range of measures it intended to introduce to address reforms to current WET Rebate legislation.

Some of the proposed measures and initiatives are welcome and go a long way towards addressing industry and government concerns with the way the rebate currently operates. However, as a high value, fine wine production industry, there are 2 items that would have disproportionately negative economic and social consequences in Western Australia.

These are:

1.       Reduction in the WET Rebate cap; and
2.       Eligibility criteria for the WET Rebate that would stifle innovation and the next generation of wine producers

As an industry we note and welcome the Government’s commitment to a full consultation process when addressing these issues.

As announced in our press release on the 6th May, we will measure the significant negative economic and social impacts that these proposed changes may have on the WA wine industry via a survey to the WA Wine Industry.

The survey will be administered by accounting firm RSM Australia and will determine:

  •        how many producers would be affected by changes to eligibility for the rebate (not withstanding the consultation process on eligibility);
  •        how many producers would be affected by a reduction in the cap on the rebate and its total value;
  •        the quantum of rebate lost via cellar door and;
  •        the likely impact this would have on jobs and future regional development in WA
  •        the likely impact the above would have on regional tourism in WA

The WA wine industry is a $700 million industry providing significant economic flow-on benefits to the mainly regional areas in which it operates.

It is essential that the federal government is fully informed of the potential economic and social consequences of the proposed changes in Western Australia.

We look forward to presenting the data to industry and government and look forward to fully participating in the consultative process.

Media Statement Ends

 

Larry Jorgensen
Chief Executive Officer
Wines of WA
T – 08 9284 3355
E – ceo@winewa.asn.au
W – www.winewa.asn.au