Mornington Peninsula wine region has today been declared free from the significant grapevine pest, phylloxera.
The Minister for Agriculture Mary-Ann Thomas announced the achievement today, congratulating the regional industry association, Mornington Peninsula Wine and Mornington Peninsula Shire in helping to verify the region’s phylloxera free status.
The Shire connected more than 300 local vineyards and grape growers with AgVic officers to undertake the program. Gary D’Arcy, Manager Domestic Quarantine, Department of Environment and Primary Industries congratulated Council for the proactive way it connected with community saying that it was the best response they had seen in a partnership with any Council.
The Victorian Government provided funds to rezone the Mornington Peninsula phylloxera status in 2017, which has enabled the region to transition from Phylloxera Risk Zone to a Phylloxera Exclusion Zone PEZ status.
This is a major milestone in the state-wide program to stop the spread of this biosecurity pest in Victoria.
Confirmation of the region’s phylloxera status provides local producers with an understanding to continue protocols to keep this pest out and to trade more easily with other regions.
This milestone also comes as the Victorian Government has backed Victoria’s biosecurity investing $142.5 million in the 19/20 budget to boost Victoria’s biosecurity system, in order to keep our agricultural sector secure and prevent the spread of pests and diseases.