Legislative Council: Thursday, February 08, 2024


Riverland Wine Industry Blueprint

The Hon. F. PANGALLO (14:57): Supplementary: can the minister identify who was involved in implementing that plan, and why is it that many Riverland growers are saying that they knew nothing about the blueprint and were not broadly consulted?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:57): I thank the honourable member for his supplementary question. I am happy to take on notice and bring back a more fulsome response, but I think it is also fair to say that communication with every individual is difficult for all governments, regardless of their colours. We know that CCW alone, for example, has over 500 growers.

The communications we attempt are through many different forms—obviously through the industry association would have been a key one, as well as through the usual PIRSA forums and formats, including online. I recall speaking about the blueprint on many occasions in various media. We continue to look at ways that we can engage even more closely. If there are suggestions for additional ways, I am always open to hearing them.