Category Archives: Viticulture/Horticulture

viticulture/horticulture

Gnangara aquifer – water use crackdown!

The West – Almost 200,000 homes with backyard bores face tougher rules on their use as water levels in the Gnangara aquifer system — Perth’s most important drinking water supply — hit new lows. Citing declining rain, the Department of … Continue reading

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Grape growers say it’s decision time

ECHO News –  SWAN Valley planning needs to retain and support viticulture or to ditch the idea completely and allow natural planning processes to take place, according to Grape Growers Association of WA president Darryl Trease. Mr Trease who has … Continue reading

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Swan Valley review to shape region’s future

Media Statement – ​John Kobelke to lead review of Swan Valley planning framework Review presents an opportunity for the local community to have their voices heard Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has appointed Hon John Kobelke to conduct a review of … Continue reading

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Wine industry receives boost for exports

skyNEWS – The federal government will inject $50 million into the Australian wine industry to boost exports and attract more international visitors to wine producing regions. The export and regional wine support package will provide money for marketing campaigns in … Continue reading

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Small WA winery Sittella celebrates huge haul of trophies

The West – Small producer Sittella was the star of this year’s Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show with a haul of eight trophies including awards for the best wine of the show and best producer. It was a remarkable … Continue reading

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Seasonal work incentives offer fresh approach for Pearce

The Liberal Government’s Seasonal Work Incentives Trial offers a range of incentives for unemployed people to undertake seasonal horticultural work to help them gain experience and improve their skills. Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the trial will support … Continue reading

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Farmgate grape prices up 7 per cent

SkyNEWS – Australian wine growers are toasting a healthy jump in the money they are paid for their grapes. The average farmgate price paid to grape growers increased seven per cent to $565 a tonne in the past year, while … Continue reading

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Review of the Swan Valley Protection Bill

ECHO News – PLANNING Minister Rita Saffioti has asked the Department of Planning to review the Swan Valley Protection Bill and associated draft development plan, which lapsed at the end of the last Parliament. Ms Saffioti, who is also the … Continue reading

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Swan Valley wine, table grape growers upbeat despite floods

perthnow SWAN Valley growers devastated by summer floods are confident of bouncing back despite a $30 million blow to the region’s grape industry during Perth’s wettest summer on record. Winemakers and table grape growers were hit hard by the deluge … Continue reading

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RITA SAFFIOTI AND WA LABOR ANNOUNCE PLAN FOR SWAN VALLEY

Rita Saffioti and WA Labor today announced their plan for the future of the Swan Valley. WA Labor has committed to reviewing and finalising the Swan Valley Development Plan and Legislation incorporating the concerns of the local community. The Liberal … Continue reading

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Swan Valley grape growers – disaster assistance following recent floods

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, welcomed the announcement that disaster assistance has been made available in response to the recent floods in Pearce. Mr Porter said funding would make sure affected individuals, families, primary producers, and councils have the … Continue reading

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Swan Valley grape growers left with sour taste after floods

Bells Rapids… Grape growers are facing multimillion-dollar losses after floods inundated vineyards across the Swan Valley today. Hundreds of tonnes of wine and table grapes were wiped out after the Swan River burst its banks, drowning vines and infrastructure. Grape … Continue reading

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Selling wine online

Echo News THE president of the Swan Valley Winemakers John Griffiths has welcomed new laws that allow producers to sell their wines online and also at farmers’ markets. The new laws will let winemakers sell their product online without a … Continue reading

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Water Corp to pump 147.6 billion litres from the Gnangara groundwater system this year

The West The Water Corporation will take an extra 10 billion litres — enough to keep Perth watered for 10 days in summer — from the city’s aquifers this year. WA’s water regulator has confirmed it will allow the Water … Continue reading

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Porter backing our local wine industry

The Liberal Government has enhanced the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate to better assist grape growing, winemaking, associated tourism and local jobs in regional Australia. Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Government had undertaken extensive consultation with senior … Continue reading

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More than six times as many Australian fresh table grapes were sent to China in 2016 than in the previous year

Sky News Australian mangoes, cherries, grapes, rock lobster and abalone are finding their way onto at least twice as many Chinese plates a year after a free trade deal began. The federal government is celebrating the first anniversary of Australia’s … Continue reading

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NO FRACKING IN THE SWAN VALLEY UNDER LIBERALS – MISLEADING SPIN SCARING THE COMMUNITY

There will be no fracking in the Swan Valley under a Liberal Government. Liberal Candidate for West Swan and City of Swan Councillor Rod Henderson said that misleading information had been provided to residents on the potential for such mining … Continue reading

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