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Wednesday, 29 April 1987
Page: 2231

Mr ANDREW(7.35) —One of the difficulties of speaking in an adjournment debate-I say this with all the sincerity that I can muster-is that one is never sure in advance what sort of speech a previous speaker is going to deliver. So I confess that what I rise to say tonight will possibly seem a little frivolous in view of the sincere and most concerned speeches delivered by both the honourable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr Campbell) and the honourable member for Franklin (Mr Goodluck). I want to remind the House that it is my privilege to represent the fertile and delightful electorate of Wakefield in the centre of South Australia. In that electorate there is of course not only the famous Clare Valley--

Mr Duncan —The Barossa Valley.

Mr ANDREW —Also, as the honourable member for Makin has been anxious to interject, there is the Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley needs no introduction to anyone in this chamber, whether South Australian or not, because it is so well known. The Barossa Valley has in the past week celebrated an event which is held once every two years, that is, its Vintage Festival. As the honourable member for Makin (Mr Duncan) would be pleased to agree, in sunny South Australia, in weather characteristic of that State, where the daytime temperature is anything from 25 to 30 degrees, the Barossa Valley Vintage Festival 1987 has just been a grand success. The Vintage Festival opened at Lyndoch with a crowd of 12,000 people attending the first function. As is the character of the Festival, it then moved on around the Barossa, allowing all of the visitors to experience something of the unique hospitality and character of the Barossa Valley.

Mr Downer —Don't forget the art gallery I opened.

Mr ANDREW —The honourable member for Mayo has alluded to the fact that, as part of the Vintage Festival, he was invited-with the usual sort of perception, might I say, of the people of the Barossa Valley and my electors-to open an art gallery at Bethany, which happened to be an invitation extended to him just two days prior to his appointment as shadow Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment. So the people of Bethany have shown the sort of perception one would come to expect.

I am being sidetracked as I want to point out to the House that within the Barossa Valley there are the delightful towns of Angaston, Rowland Flat, Sandy Creek, Bethany, Dorrien, Eden Valley, Nuriootpa, Gomersal, Springton, Lyndoch, Maranganga-my wife and I spent a very pleasant evening during last week at Maranganga as part of the Vintage Festival-Tanunda and a town with which the honourable member for Mayo is already well identified, that is, Williamstown.

The Barossa Valley was settled over 100 years ago by a group of German migrants endeavouring to escape from persecution. They brought with them a number of unique skills and characteristics. they are well known across the entire globe for their capacity to make wine. They are well known across South Australia, as the honourable member for Makin I hope will once again be pleased to agree, for their capacity to bake strudle cake. But what they are little known for, and I want to present this to the House tonight, is their capacity to produce a new product-chocolate-coated grape centres.

Mr Hollis —Like the honey?

Mr ANDREW —As the honourable member for Throsby has indicated, I once stood in this House and presented the honey that was derived from the grape. Tonight those people have presented me with this product, which is in fact grapes coated with chocolate. A very inventive and diligent group, the Valley Growers Co-op, which is based just out of the valley at Angle Vale, but whose products all come from the valley, has made this product. It takes surplus grapes and coats them with chocolate to make what I am sure you will shortly discover, Madam Speaker, to be a very palatable product. I will be delighted to have the opportunity to share them not only with you but with other members of the House. I say that because the valley has shown the sort of inventiveness and innovation that one might expect would lead it out of what has been a demise in the wine industry. There are 7,000 hectares of wine grapes in the Barossa Valley, producing something like 56,000 tonnes. While all of these are fine quality products, there is a great deal of competition from other areas of Australia which do not produce grapes which vintage in quite the same characteristic way as the Barossa Valley does. These people have shown quite a remarkable way of dealing with what is likely to be a surplus in their industry. I encourage the House to sample in a moment this fine product and to see that, along with honey and wines from the Barossa Valley, it is indeed unique.