New hands to guide Aussie wine industry
FIVE new directors were appointed the the board of Wine Australia.
They include Dr Michele Allan, who is the ex-Chancellor of Charles Stuart University, and Catherine Cooper, from the Australian Egg Corporation and the director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
They join West Australian winemaker Cath Oates, Mary Retallack, from Retallack Viticulture, and Mitchell Taylor, from Taylors Wines.
The Wine Australia board oversees the industry with investments in research and development including the $50-million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud picked the new board and he said they would do a good job.
"The new directors have invaluable experience which will make sure our world-class wine industry is a world leader,” Minister Littleproud said.
"They'll be working hard to increase returns to Australian wine producers by growing local and overseas markets and upholding the industry's reputation.”
Minister Littleproud said the Australian wine industry has set itself an ambitious target to boost wine exports to $3.5billion and attract 40,000 extra international tourists to our wine regions over three years.
The $50-million Export and Regional Wine Support Package includes four programs focused on international marketing, the Wine Export Grants, workshops, state-based and competitive grants, and development of a brand strategy for the cider industry.