South Australia’s Rebecca Willson of Bremerton Wines has been appointed as a representative on the Federal Government’s Agricultural Industry Advisory Council (AIAC).
The Council is made up of 11 leading professionals from a range of agricultural sectors and are responsible for advising the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on issues affecting agricultural, fishing, forestry and water sectors.
Ms Willson, who is also profiled in PIRSA’s Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy, brings to the role her extensive wine knowledge and a passion for South Australia’s Langhorne Creek wine region – one of Australia’s oldest wine regions.
Ms Willson said her position on the Council will allow her to share her learnings gained from her years spent working in the wine industry, as well as her studies that has included wine marketing at Roseworthy College and Oenology at the University of Adelaide.
“This is a great opportunity to help guide informed decision making that affects people on a daily basis,” she said.
“We are already seeing some great developments in terms of research and development, innovation in wine making and employment opportunities across the wine sector, and it is important that these developments are taken into consideration at a federal and policy-making level.
“I am proud to represent the wine industry on the Council, and look forward to working with other members on the council.”
The AIAC was established in early 2014 as a ministerial advisory council and meets twice yearly in various locations around Australia.
Representatives on the council have collective experience in grains, wine, wool, horticulture, dairy, beef, fisheries, forestry, rural finance and agribusiness. Ms Willson’s term ends 31 May 2020.