Update from the Chair - Damien Sheehan

Wine Victoria Chair Damien Sheehan Wine Victoria Chair Damien Sheehan

As we enter a new financial year I am proud to look back on all that Wine Victoria has accomplished in the past six months, and feel energised to tackle the work that still lies ahead.

In the past month alone, we have met with numerous key stakeholders and moved closer to achieving our industry goals. We recently met with Tourism Victoria to progress the new Victorian Wine Tourism Strategy and ensure that all members will benefit from its implementation.

We have also met with the Victorian Government to ensure the interests of the wine industry are considered in the review of bushfire fuel management. Wine Victoria recently welcomed the Inspector-General of Emergency Management's recommendation to shift away from an area-based target and towards a risk-based approach. Wine Victoria advocated for such changes and we are now working with the Victorian Government to ensure the greatest possible transparency in this process, and to establish clear lines of communication for each planned burn season.

Wine Victoria continues to work closely with the Victorian Government and key partners in establishing the new Wine Ministerial Advisory Council, which represents a great opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford.

However, there is still much work to be done, and we rely on the support of our members to continue this program of activities. With such momentum towards our goals, now is truly the best time to be a Wine Victoria member.

Our newsletter this month features an update from our new Future Leaders Committee, and a Q+A with Willa Yang, Wine Australia's Regional Manager for China on the new Free Trade Agreement in this market. I was pleased to attend the first meeting of the Future Leaders, and I am confident that the work they do will be of lasting benefit to our industry.