Date Release
06/07/2017 Project shows geofences can protect SA’s vines
A Vinehealth Australia pilot project, which saw virtual fences built around vineyards in the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions to track boundary crossings, has demonstrated the power of geofencing as a biosecurity tool.
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16/05/2017 Number one plant pest under the microscope
Australia’s number one unwanted plant pest – Xylella fastidiosa – will be the focus of international scrutiny in Australia this week.
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5/05/2017 New phylloxera detections in Maroondah PIZ
Victoria’s Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) boundary has been extended to the north, following new detections of phylloxera in the existing zone.
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7/03/2017 National win for SA grapegrowers
South Australian vineyard owners have been recognised on a national stage for their commitment to wine industry biosecurity.
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23/01/2017 Call for improved farm-gate hygiene
Vinehealth Australia is calling for grapegrowers to examine and improve their farm-gate hygiene practices in the lead up to vintage 2017.
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15/12/2016 Virtual fence to protect SA’s wine industry
A cutting-edge vineyard cyber monitoring system, designed to keep South Australia’s $1.78 billion wine industry free of devastating pests and diseases such as phylloxera, is being launched today.
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24/10/2016 Vinehealth Australia announces new board
A new board for Vinehealth Australia has been appointed following an independent selection process, with Roseanne Healy elected as chair..
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14/04/2016 Vinehealth Australia announces leadership changes
Vinehealth Australia has appointed a new chief executive officer and elected a new presiding member..
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24/09/2015 Vinehealth Australia launched
The Board responsible for protecting South Australian vineyards from pests and diseases since 1899, today unveiled a new name and identity. The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia will now be known as Vinehealth Australia.
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15/10/2014 2014-2019 Strategic Plan launched
The State Government has thrown its weight behind the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of SA’s five-year Strategic Plan which aims to expand its support for Australia’s $4.2 billion wine industry and to help secure SA’s phylloxera-free status.
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16/07/2014 Online map to boost Phylloxera compliance
The exact boundaries of Australia’s Phylloxera infestation and risk zones are now as close as your computer or tablet.
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12/03/2014 Grape Industry under a virtual microscope
A web-based collection of interactive maps that shows the location of every grape variety in South Australia is being hailed as rare, if not unique in the world.
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11/12/2013 DIY vineyard records online from January
Grapegrowers and vineyard owners will soon be able to comply with phylloxera and grape disease control obligations – and manage their own vineyard records – using a new web-based tool.
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8/11/2013
Grape threat put to the test
The State Government is expanding the development of a world-leading soil DNA testing system to help keep the State’s grapevines free of phylloxera.
The project will also investigate how to apply the system to other pests and diseases that impact on the State’s horticulture and cropping industries.
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Archived Media Releases

Date Release
1/11/2012 NEW Victorian PEZ
The new Victorian PEZ was gazetted in July 2012. The area commenced surveillance in 2008 and was completed in March 2012. Initially the project was approved for commencement by the National Phylloxera Technical Reference Group, and The National Vine Health Steering Committee with regular reports made to these committees. When these committees were disbanded, the Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee assumed oversight of the program. The program operated under the National Phylloxera Management Protocols, without any operational changes, and in the absence of any national committee to report to, the VVBC accepted responsibility to ensure governance of the program.
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29/05/2012 Phylloxera Quarantine Standards
Statement from Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board in regards to phylloxera quarantine standards.
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28/01/2010
Phylloxera outbreak in Mansfield
The CEO of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia (PGIBSA) Mr Alan Nankivell announced today that the Board has been advised by Department of Primary Industries Victoria of a confirmed detection of phylloxera in a vineyard near Mansfield Victoria, in what was a PRZ region. 
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19/06/2009 Managing propagation material – PGIBSA responds to inaccurate information
Recently inaccurate information has been circulated relating to the movement of green material into South Australia, the introduction of the new Plant Health Act (2009) and the role of the National Vine Health Steering Committee and its subcommittees. The Board provides the following information to set the record straight. 
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9/02/2009 PGIBSA urges grapegrowers to review current hygiene practices
With the commencement of the 2009 grape harvest in the South East, grapegrowers are being encouraged to ensure they have measures in place to prevent the spread of phylloxera. It is particularly recommended that harvesters be heat treated using the Board’s heat shed at Naracoorte when moving between regions. 
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16/01/2009 Update on the Phylloxera detections in the Yarra Valley
Alan Nankivell CEO of the Phylloxera Board announced today that there have been no further detections found since mid December 2008. He went on to say that DPI-Vic has announced the boundaries for the extended boundaries for the Maroondah PIZ. This map is similar to that circulated for discussion on 18 December 2008. It is DPI-Vic’s intention that the area will be declared for the coming vintage (2009), but the boundaries will be reviewed later in the year.
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23/12/2008 Further detections of Phylloxera in the Yarra Valley confirmed
The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia (PGIBSA) can confirm a further 3 detections of Phylloxera have occurred in the existing Yarra Valley PIZ (Phylloxera Infested Zone) since late October 2008.
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