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DPI to review Wine Grapes Marketing Board

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is inviting Riverina-based wine grape growers to have their say as part of a review into the performance and benefits to the industry of the Wine Grapes Marketing Board (WGMB).

The WGMB represents the interests of wine grape growers in the City of Griffith and the Shires of Leeton, Carrathool and Murrumbidgee.

NSW DPI Group Director of Economics and Analysis, Tim McRae said the review presents an opportunity for the board and growers to suggest changes or improvements to the functioning of the Wine Grapes Marketing Board.

“It is standard practice for Statutory Boards to be reviewed regularly to ensure they are meeting the requirements of the industry they serve,” Mr McRae said.

“The review will evaluate the performance of the Board against its functions as outlined by the Agricultural Industry Services Regulation (2015).”

DPI is committed to directly engaging wine grape growers in the region.

“An information paper has been published online for all interested parties to read before making a written submission to the review,” Mr McRae said.

“Written submissions will assist the review team to accurately identify the functions of the Wine Grapes Marketing Board which are of value to local grape growers.

“A public meeting will also be held at the Yoogali Club, Yoogali, on Wednesday 5 July 2017 from 7.30 pm. This meeting will give stakeholders the opportunity to have their say and ask any questions they might have about the review and public consultation process.”

Source: NSW DPI

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