We were thrilled to see Adelaide Hills Council add a note about biosecurity to their Event Application Forms, following a meeting we held with the council to discuss biosecurity, as part of the Responsible Visitation Campaign.

The application form now encourages organisers to consider vine health in their event planning and delivery phases.

“South Australia has some of the oldest winegrape vines in the world. Shoes, clothing and vehicle tyres can pick up and spread harmful pests and diseases, including phylloxera. When planning your event, please consider biosecurity risks. Please don’t allow visitors to walk amongst vines. Help protect South Australia’s $2.35 billion wine industry,” the form says.

You can view a copy of the form here.

“We encourage all councils in wine regions to follow the lead of Adelaide Hills Council and incorporate biosecurity into their various business operations, including events, planning, developments and promotions,” said Inca Pearce, CEO of Vinehealth Australia.

To find out more about biosecurity risk management, contact Vinehealth Australia on (08) 8273 0550 or email admin@vinehealth.com.au