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Posted: January 31, 2018
The State Government’s priority to declare the Mornington Peninsula region as a Phylloxera Exclusion Zone (PEZ) is moving closer to reality.
The three-year process to define the region as a PEZ and have one of the state’s most vibrant wine producing regions recognised as such by industry and trading partners, has been underway for three weeks. Check out the graph below for the number of properties surveyed so far
Under the guidance of Agriculture Victoria, phylloxera rezoning property inspections are being conducted by an experienced team of contractors who have a long history of undertaking similar phylloxera rezoning work in other parts of Victoria. Working to best practice biosecurity standards, the survey field staff are highly trained in on-farm phylloxera detection and hygiene practices.
While local growers are optimistic the region will be found to be phylloxera free, these property inspections will focus growers’ efforts on implementing and maintaining best practice biosecurity measures on their properties. There is a lot at stake for the relatively small viticultural region, so growers have a unique opportunity to take on board the measurers necessary to keep phylloxera out of the region.
According to Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association Technical Committee member Tyson Lewis, producers are very supportive of the rezoning project.
“The three year partnership with Agriculture Victoria to rezone the Mornington Peninsula region is an important project for us. For each grower, the project brings an increased understanding and awareness of phylloxera management that empowers them to treat their own vineyards as a zone within the exclusion zone. Where, from their own farm gate, they can play their role in protecting themselves against phylloxera infestation in the future. The process of communication and the process of understanding phylloxera that the re-zoning will bring will give power to each grower to look after their property in a much more bio-secure way.”
The Mornington Peninsula rezoning project is one part of the $1 million ‘Tackling Phylloxera’ program – a state wide collaboration with the wine industry to address the biosecurity challenges posed by phylloxera.