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'The introduction of a volumetric tax would significantly impact on our business, requiring equipment to be shut down and reducing the number of employees.'
Riverland Winegrape Growers Association, CEO, Chris Byrne
'A volumetric tax would provide only a marginal Government revenue gain while imposing unjustifiable costs on the wine sector, rural regions and wine consumers. We represent over 1100 growers who are already worried about their livelihoods. Switching to a Volumetric tax would devastate the wine sector and many family businesses in the Riverland.'
CEO Brian Simpson
'The wine industry is integral to the Riverina region. It is a perennial industry that has created local businesses and jobs in production, processing and value adding. Roughly a quarter of a billion dollars has been invested across the region to establish the necessary infrastructure for planting, and that’s not including plant and equipment, irrigation infrastructure and set up costs.
The majority of growers are family-owned enterprises who employ family members and locals.
Grant Carling, Carol Cameron, Andrew Wass
'Wine packaging has been the backbone of the Scholle business for over 30 years and the company remains one of the major employers in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide. The Elizabeth plant runs 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. We have always valued community engagement and sponsor local sporting clubs, provide access to facilities for school meetings and regularly provide school student and university graduate work experience programmes.
Flexible packaging is 100% of our engagement with the wine industry. The introduction of a volumetric tax would significantly impact on our business, requiring equipment to be shut down and reducing the number of employees. Without the current volume of wine packaging running through our plant our total business viability would be threatened.'