* NEW SOUTH WALES UPDATE *
Bushfires are affecting or will affect many wine regions around Australia this year. Vineyard owners whose vineyards have been directly impacted by fires, are encouraged to familiarise themselves with various support services available.
As of today, this is the current situation in NSW:
The New South Wales Wine Industry Association (NSWWIA) is working closely with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Regional Wine Associations across NSW to constantly monitor and assess the situation. As tourism may be a potential problem in the next weeks and months, NSWWIA is working with Destination NSW to promote the regions as soon as the immediate danger has abated.
NSWWIA is also coordinating Fire & Smoke Workshops with The AWRI. The next round of workshops are likely to be held in Griffith and Tumbarumba in the week commencing 13/1/20. For further information and registration, please contact Angus Barnes directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSWWIA has kindly provided the following key messages for the sector:
Australian Grape & Wine encourages all fire affected people and businesses to ensure you have a bushfire plan, and are ready to enact it. For bushfire updates and information, the NSW RFS Bushfire Information line is 1800 679 737. For further information on warnings and how to stay safe, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Services website. We also encourage you to download the Fires Near Me app on your smart phone and/or device.
Yesterday the AWRI ran a webinar outlining the immediate response to be taken to maximise vine recovery post a fire event. You can watch a recording of the webinar here. For any additional queries regarding this topic please contact the AWRI Helpdesk team, by email: email@example.com or telephone: 08 8313 6600 during business hours.
Australian Red Cross are also coordinating Outreach services to those in bushfire affected areas. Further information on how to seek help, or to donate to assist their work can be found here. Their Register-Find-Unite service is also available here.
Australian Grape & Wine is in close contact with the Minister for Agriculture, the Minister for Trade and the Prime Minister’s Office. We are currently working with the Federal Government on developing short term relief, and medium and long term recovery options.
We are pleased to advise that we are getting a very good hearing, particularly with the Agriculture Minister, Trade Minister and the Prime Minister’s office. This includes long-term investment in R&D for vineyard management and in-winery remediation options to mitigate smoke taint, increased funding for regional tourism and financial support for growers.