(bright acoustic-guitar music) – [Narrator] In 2015 the
Victorian wine industry contributed an estimated
7.6 billion dollars to the Victorian economy. The industry generates an
estimated 13,000 direct jobs, including tourism, and
creates a total flow-on effect in the vicinity of 33,000 jobs; the majority of these are
located in regional areas. A prominent issue and
industry priority is ongoing management of the biosecurity
challenge posed by phylloxera, which is the number-one threat
to grapevines in Australia. The Victorian government
acknowledges the impact and potential risks to industry posed by the spread of phylloxera, particularly into new grape-growing areas. Implementing enhanced
on-farm biosecurity measures to contain and prevent the further spread of phylloxera is now critical. – The tactical influx
programme will deliver outcomes beyond just managing phylloxera. It goes to the heart of
biosecurity management, and that’s on-farm biosecurity management. – [Narrator] One million
dollars will be spent over three years, through
six individual projects to reduce phylloxera spread in Victoria and improve market access through enhanced on-farm
biosecurity measures that will contain and
prevent further spread of phylloxera to other regions. One of these projects
include vineyard inspections in the Mornington Peninsula
that had the region recognised as a phylloxera exclusion zone by industry and trading partners. – The Mornington
Peninsula has been, or is, currently zoned as a PRZ, a risk zone. We’re hoping to be rezoned as
a PEZ, the exclusion zone. So, to that end, starting a
survey of all the vineyards on the peninsula to
determine if we are free of the phylloxera louse,
and we’re very optimistic that we will be found to
be free of phylloxera. And then we can really
concentrate on our own protocols at the farm gate and improving those so that we remain phylloxera-free. – As we’ve gone through the
process of understanding the exact number of
vineyards on the peninsula and contacting every grower
and member of the association, we’ve had nothing but positive feedback about the reception to rezoning. I think that’s, really, just
because it’s a quality region that’s focused on quality, and
this is a real benchmarking in the region that is very important, and we’ve made that very
clear in the association, and it’s great that all the
growers have taken that onboard. So, we see the response from
growers as very positive, not just generally, but on the whole. – It’s very important
for our region to have the collaboration with
Agriculture Victoria because we’re a small region
and we’ve got a very active Vigneron’s Association
but not a huge amount of funding to expand on some
of the projects that we do. So, for Agriculture Victoria to support us with funding a project like this, it is the only way it can really happen. – The rezoning process, in itself, additionally for each grower, the increased understanding of phylloxera empowers them within their own vineyard to treat their vineyard as a
zone within the exclusion zone where, from their own farm gate, they can protect themselves
against phylloxera. The process of communication,
the process of understanding about phylloxera that
this rezoning will bring will give much power to each grower to look after their place in
a much more bio-secure way.