Industry groups prepare to unite

WINEMAKERS’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Australian Vignerons (AV) have entered into formal discussions on a potential amalgamation of the two industry bodies to create a single united peak body to represent the Australian grape and wine sector at the federal level.

Tony Battaglene

Tony Battaglene

WFA chief executive Tony Battaglene said there had been discussions over years for reform of the grape and wine representative bodies, to deliver greater unity and representation of the sector as a whole.

“It has been made clear to me that political parties of all persuasions would welcome representation from a single body for the grape and wine sector and our advocacy efforts would be much stronger,” Mr Battaglene said.

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