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Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

Update from the Executive Officer

I have settled in to the WV offices in Port Melbourne and also had the opportunity to make my way out to the regions attending some association meetings. It has been great to meet our members, talk about the draft WV strategy and the advocacy agenda that we intend to implement over the coming year.

Feedback during my visits has been positive with the regional associations agreeing that there is much work to be done to effectively represent the issues of the Victorian wine industry to the State Government and also our national bodies.

During this time a State budget has been released and there have also been shock changes in the leadership and direction of our State Government. A new Premier, merging state departments and a government committed to a budget surplus are all indications of tough times ahead. In these new economic times government will be prioritising it's investments and picking budget winners and losers. We can expect the Victorian Government to commit to programs, services or investment in industry only when a clear return to the people of Victoria or the State economy can be demonstrated.

It is with these issues in mind that the WV Board has developed our draft strategy that will bring the major issues of concern to the attention of the policy makers and our national bodies. In doing so we will also demonstrate the clear benefit that the Victorian wine industry brings to the state of Victoria. We encourage you to contact your regional associations and provide comments on our priorities. An overview of the strategy is listed below.

 http://www.winevictoria.org.au/news-events/wine-victoria-news/wine-victoria-strategy-overview

In the meantime if your association has not had a visit from WV or you have any questions please feel free to contact me on 0422 067 858, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..