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National Wine Biosecurity Committee

The National Wine Biosecurity Committee will provide input into, and oversight of the strategy, as well as advice on setting wine sector biosecurity policy. The Committee is a collaboration of grape and wine producers, nursery and vine improvement organisations, wine sector supply chain participants, biosecurity and technical experts and Wine Australia.

The committee members are:

  • Mike Hayes, Sirromet Wines
  • Ben Harris, Treasury Wine Estates
  • Damien Sheehan, Mt Langi Ghiran
  • Prue Henschke, Australian Vine Improvement Association
  • Liz Riley, Independent Viticulturist
  • Colin Bell, AHA Viticulture
  • Louisa Rose, Yalumba Group
  • Nick Dry, Vine Industry Nursery Association

The committee also involves representation from employees and CEOs of Vinehealth Australia (Inca Pearce), Wine Australia (Andreas Clark) and Australian Grape & Wine (Tony Battaglene).

The Committee will improve plant biosecurity outcomes on behalf of the sector through managing plant biosecurity risks through its leadership and influence within the sector, and through collaboration with stakeholders including Plant Health Australia and State and Federal Government agencies.  It will assist with R, D & E priority setting, identification of knowledge and preparedness gaps, review of national biosecurity surveillance measures, diagnostics and information systems, sector capacity building and advocacy to support adoption of best practice biosecurity measures.