Vinehealth Australia
eNewsletter: August 2020
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Hello from Inca Lee

You may have heard about the proposed new Biosecurity Act for South Australia, which the State Government is developing, through Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

The new Biosecurity Act aims to merge several existing pieces of biosecurity legislation into one. The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Act 1995 (the Phylloxera Act) had been identified for inclusion in the process.
I’m pleased to report that the new Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham has decided that it will be at the discretion of the grape and wine industries as to whether the Phylloxera Act is incorporated into the new Biosecurity Act.

It is good news indeed that the South Australian wine industry is in control of its own biosecurity destiny.

A public consultation phase is approaching on the new Biosecurity Act, and we will keep you up to date with how you can offer your feedback to help shape the new act.

We will continue to work closely with PIRSA, the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), the Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) and regional grape and wine industry members to ensure the wine industry’s biosecurity position remains strong.

Inca Lee
CEO, Vinehealth Australia

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Biosecurity Act for SA

The State Government is developing a new Biosecurity Act for South Australia, through Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
 The new Biosecurity Act will merge several existing pieces of biosecurity legislation into one, with the aim of creating a simpler and more effective legal framework for the management of SA biosecurity priorities.
The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Act 1995 had been identified for inclusion but the new Minister for Primary Industries David Basham has decided not to repeal the Phylloxera Act.

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Welcome David Basham

Welcome to David Basham, South Australia’s new Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.
David Basham, a dairy farmer from Mount Compass, is the Liberal member for the electorate of Finniss. David has played a prominent role in the national and South Australian dairy industries. For more than a decade he was the President of the South Australian Dairyfarmers' Association, and more recently he was President of the peak national body, Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd.

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New Vinehealth Strategic Plan coming

Vinehealth Australia is working on a new Strategic Plan, which will guide future operations.
The Board of Vinehealth Australia met in early August to discuss strategic priorities for the next few years. Conversations will also continue with industry to help shape the Strategic Plan, which will be finalised before the end of the year.
“There is critical work to be done to protect vines from biosecurity threats,” said Vinehealth Australia CEO Inca Lee. “And we must continue to set the biosecurity agenda for the industry.”

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McLaren Vale’s
footwear insights 

We were invited to present at a Vineyard Series workshop last week, organised by the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association. We took this opportunity to invite Stephanie Small from UniSA to share her progress with the shoe cover project, which aims to develop a footwear biosecurity solution for vineyard use.
Stephanie described design attributes, including sole grip, comfort, breathability, weight and transportability and gained valuable feedback from attendees on design features such as waterproofing, height and recyclability.

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Levy payment reminder

Payment of 2019-20 Vinehealth Australia Notice of Assessments for South Australian vineyard owners was due on the 31 July 2020.
A large proportion of vineyard owners have paid on or before this date.
For this we extend our thanks.
There are some vineyard owners who are yet to pay, and we encourage you to do so immediately or get in touch with us to discuss. We welcome contact to discuss your particular situation.

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BMSB season in review

A proactive approach to preventing the entry of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Australia has been very successful, according to Head of Biosecurity Lyn O’Connell.
“We saw a marked reduction in BMSB detections — from 63 post-biosecurity detections in 2018–19 down to 18 for the 2019–20 season. This is an impressive figure, given that risk has increased. Most notably, only 4 of these detections were of live BMSB, compared to 31 live post-biosecurity detections in 2018–19,’ Ms O’Connell said.

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Danger in the mail

We’ve all heard about the increase in online shopping due to COVID-19 and subsequent rise in parcel deliveries, but have you stopped to consider how this has impacted biosecurity?
Between January and April 2020, biosecurity officers and detector dogs intercepted around 30,000 mail items at Australia’s international mail centres that posed a potential pest or disease threat. This was 9,000 more mail items containing biosecurity risk material than the same four-month period last year.

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New biosecurity videos

If you want to know how the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment manages plant biosecurity, check out their new Biosecurity Bite video series.
The series includes seven short videos on how plant pest and disease risks are managed offshore, at the border and onshore in Australia. We think this is a great series, particularly for kids and those at the beginning of their biosecurity journeys.

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Watch this

Phylloxera party

We think this annual phylloxera party in Catalunya, Spain, looks like a whole lot of fun. The 'Fil Loxera Festival' is a fiery and fun-filled festival where the locals of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia gather to recall the days in the 19th century when phylloxera destroyed their vineyards and how they finally recovered. Perhaps we should have a 'phylloxera prevention' party in South Australia, complete with costumes and fireworks. Phil the Phylloxera Guy would fit right in!

Watch the video here and read more about the festival here

Biosecurity supporters

Hayes Family Wines

“Hayes Family Wines is an old vine certified organic vineyard. With our winery and cellar door onsite, the signs are invaluable for keeping our customers informed on good practice in and around our ancient grape sources.”

Brett Hayes, Proprietor, Hayes Family Wines, Barossa Valley. Pictured: Vanessa Seppelt, Cellar Door Manager. 

Biosecurity tips

  • SAPQS tip #1: Did you know the SA Plant Quarantine Standard with the new consolidated Phylloxera Condition is now active? It’s now up to you to ensure you comply. #vinehealth #SAPQS
  • SAPQS tip #2: Do you understand the phylloxera movement condition changes in the new SA PQS and have you assessed the impacts on your business? #vinehealth #SAPQS
  • SAPQS tip #3: Vinehealth Australia has produced a handy guide to the changes in the SA PQS and what they mean for you. View it here. #vinehealth #SAPQS
  • SAPQS tip #4: Have you communicated the SA PQS changes on phylloxera to your supply chain and have you implemented changes in your business to ensure you comply? #vinehealth #SAPQS

What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity is a system to reduce the risk of entry, establishment and spread of pests, diseases and weeds that threaten the economy and environment. It’s also a system for managing and recovering from an incursion of a pest and disease by minimising its impact through eradication, containment and ongoing asset protection. Biosecurity is a shared responsibility – we need to work collaboratively.

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