Margaret River Wine recognises importance of local environment

Margaret River Wine Association wrapped-up their 50th Anniversary celebrations at yesterday’s Community Wine Fair held at the Margaret River Education Campus.

The Fair included a very special presentation by MRWA Chair, Hon Barry House to Nature Conservation Margaret River Region Chair, Dr Boyd Wykes.

The presentation highlighted the organisation’s growing relationship over the past year and intent of developing a stronger working partnership in the future with a formal memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement. Mr House presented Dr Wykes with a cheque for $10,000, from the Grand Cabernet Auction and Dinner net proceeds. The Auction was held during Gourmet Escape and the 50th Anniversary celebrations last November.

Chair Barry House said, “the Margaret River Wine Association chose Nature Conservation Margaret River Region as their preferred charity for the proceeds of the 50th Anniversary events as we recognise how important it is to protect the health and biodiversity of the natural environment of the Margaret River region for the long term sustainability of the Margaret River wine industry. As custodians of one of Australia’s and the world’s biodiversity hotspots it is important we protect this green premium we are fortunate to enjoy and promote.”

Dr Boyd Wykes said “Nature Conservation was thrilled to partner with Margaret River Wine for the 50th Anniversary events. The generous proceeds will assist Nature Conservation to work more closely with the wine producers and grape growers on environmental issues and protecting biodiversity values across the region.”

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region volunteers also managed the entry gate for the Community Fair and had a booth where people could learn more about their work and how members of the wine industry are helping to protect the natural environment in our region.