Fire recovery

Last updated 9 September 2020

Message from our Chief Executive Officer

The start to 2020 was difficult for individuals, businesses and communities affected by fires across Australia. 

While the actual footprint of affected vineyards was less than one per cent of Australia’s total vineyard area of more than 146,000 hectares, our thoughts are with those who lost friends, loved ones, vineyards, wineries, pets and livestock.

Wine Australia is here to support producers. We have collated the latest information on vineyard and fruit management and we are investing in new research and development to improve diagnostics, decision making, remediation and recovery.

Please contact us if you would like further information.

Andreas Clark

Media releases and articles

7 January 2020: Bushfires draw Australian wine sector closer

31 January 2020: Smoke taint – seeing through the haze

Support for grapegrowers and winemakers

 

Free AWRI webinars

The AWRI ran five webinars to assist growers who were dealing with fire-damaged vineyards:

  1. 23 April 2020: Rapid visual assessment and mapping of fire-damaged vineyards with Colin Hinze, Rural Directions
  2. 30 April 2020: Using bud dissection as a tool to evaluate the impacts of fire on grapevines and inform pruning decisions with Cassandra Collins, the University of Adelaide. 
  3. 7 May 2020: What should you consider when purchasing grapevine planting material? with Nick Dry, Foundation Viticulture.
  4. 14 May 2020: Principles for re-establishing fire damaged vineyards: winter pruning and preparation with Richard Hamilton, Hamilton Viticulture. 
  5. 21 May 2020: Principles for re-establishing fire damaged vineyards: training fire-damaged vines and replants with Richard Hamilton, Hamilton Viticulture. 

Mental Health Resources

A full list of available mental health services can be accessed directly on the Farm Hub website 

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14

Australian Psychological Society - Recovering from bushfires

New South Wales 

NSW Mental Health Line, 1800 011 511 

Mental Health Association of Queensland

NQ Connect, 1300 059 625 

South Australia 

SA Regional Access, 1300 032 186 

Tasmania 

Mental Health Services Helpline, 1800 332 388 

Rural Alive and Well, 1300 4357 6283

Victoria 

Sale, 03 5143 1212 (AH: 1300 363 322) 

Bairnsdale, 03 5150 3444 (AH: 1300 363 322) 

Orbost, 03 5154 1807 (AH: 1300 363 322) 

Western Australia 

Crisis Care counselling service, 1800 199 008 

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