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Departing Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation chief predicts turnaround

Published:  23 July, 2008

The outgoing chairman of the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation (AWBC) has claimed that the country's wine industry will see an upturn.

David Brownhill, who has stepped down after six years in the post, said: I believe in two years' time, the light will start to shine at the end of the tunnel. It doesn't mean that it's coming out of the tunnel in two years' time, but in four years' time, I believe that you'll be right out of the tunnel and then you'll most probably find we'll be a little bit short of red wine, for example. But in four years' time, I believe it'll be in balance.'

The chairman's role is appointed by the government, and agriculture minister Peter McGauran thanked Brownhill for his work in relaunching Wine Brand Australia'.

Brownhill's replacement is John Moore, who began his three-year post on Saturday. McGauran said: Mr Moore is well suited to the task, having held a variety of senior positions in the public and private sectors. He has a bachelor of commerce from Queensland University, and built a successful stockbroking and corporate advisory business before entering Parliament. His parliamentary career included ministerial responsibility for industry, science, and tourism, and also for business and consumer affairs.'