Walking the talk on vineyard renewal

Forty grape growers gathered at Morrison’s Vineyard in Leasingham on Friday to take part in the first of a series of vineyard walks, ‘Walking the Talk’, a new initiative by the Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association (CVWGA). The focus was on vineyard renewal, including reworking vines affected with Eutypa dieback and reinvigorating vineyards with […]

Valleys Lifestyle Centre award nomination

FITNESS Australia, the national peak industry association, has announced The Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare, as a ‘Council/Licensed Fitness Centre of the Year’ Finalist in the 2019 Australian Fitness Awards. CEO of Fitness Australia, Barrie Elvish, said the Australian Fitness Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for businesses and individuals to be acknowledged for their contribution […]

A year in their own Patch

FEBRUARY 2018, Cathy, Daryl, Monique and Jason jumped into the deep end and did something crazy! They left Aldinga and the Adelaide Hills and moved to Clare where they knew barely anyone, and bought a business they knew very little about – the old BJ’s Fruit Barrow.   Read the full story in our online […]

Louise named new Editor

It’s official – Louise Michael is the new Editor of the Plains Producer newspaper. Managing director, Andrew Manuel welcomes Louise to the role, although she has been acting Editor since October last year. “Louise is only the fifth editor in the past 35 years since the Manuel family took over the Plains Producer in 1983 […]

Showing loyalty to Clare traders

Clare traders have taken steps to revitalise their business community through customer loyalty. The #ShopLocalClare movement began late last year with a Facebook page which traders could join and use to promote their business offerings.   Read the full story in our online edition: http://plainsproducer.realviewdigital.com

CVWGA’s two new members

Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association has appointed two new independent board members, adding a deliberate focus on growing wine tourism and strengthening the region’s underlying commercial engagements. CVWGA chairman, Stuart McNab, said the appointments of tourism executive, Tori Somerville, and commercial lawyer, Bianca Jennings, followed a deliberate search for specific skills to complement the […]

Hay exporters shuffle their decks

DRY conditions have driven employment restructures at hay exporters, Balco and Gilmac, both major employers in the Balaklava area. Balco reduced staff levels by seven positions at the start of December, while Gilmac dropped a shift but relocated staff to other sites, both on the back of well-below expected hay supply.   Read the full […]

Plan to cover council’s assets

COUNCIL owned buildings including pools and halls could be improved, rebuilt or sold off under a new plan being developed by Wakefield Regional Council. A draft Asset Management Plan for Buildings & Structures/Improvements was presented to council last week, itemising everything either council owned or built and leased on council land, totalling some $33 million […]