Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee
The Victorian Government established a Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee (Wine MAC) to advise the Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Agriculture on opportunities for and issues affecting the long term performance and sustainability of the Victorian Wine Industry.
The Wine MAC performs an essential role in assisting the Minister to support the Victorian wine industry, by providing specialist advice on key issues facing the industry, up to date industry insights, and strategic direction for the industry.
The Wine MAC advises on all agriculture and regional development related issues, such as research, development and extension, biosecurity, regional investment, skills and workforce, infrastructure, regulation, trade, tourism and environment.
The role of the Wine MAC is to provide advice and recommendations to the Minister. Members of the Wine MAC are expected to consider, represent and advise on the interests of the industry as a whole and not just the interests of their organisation and region.
The Wine MAC provides an opportunity for interaction between all parties with an interest in the industry including, grape growers, wine producers, industry group representatives, other individuals in the wine supply chain and government.
It provides a forum for stakeholders to be involved in identifying and discussing problems and where possible, developing and advising the Minister on possible solutions. It is important to note that the Wine MAC is an advisory body only and not a decision-making body.
Please see the Terms of Reference for the Wine MAC for further details on the function and composition of the Wine MAC.
The Minister for Agriculture has appointed 12 current members to the Wine MAC. Members are appointed until 12 October 2018.
- Mr Damian Sheehan representing the Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee
- Mr Chris Dent representing the Murray Valley Wine Growers Inc
- Ms Angie Bradbury representing Wine Victoria
- Ms Natalie Pizzini representing the Victorian Food and Wine Tourism Council member
- Mrs Kim Chalmers from Chalmers Wine Pty Ltd
- Mr Leigh Devine from Timmering Wines
- Mr John Harris from Mitchell Harris Wines
- Miss Katherine Brown from Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard
- Mr Neil Burgess from Glenelg Shire Council
- Dr Mark Krstic from the Australian Wine Research Institute
- Ms Nikki Palun from Octtava Wines Pty Ltd
- Mr Michael Dal Zotto from Dal Zotto Wines