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Hilltops Vineyard Association Supports the amalgamation of councils

02/02/2016 | By |

The Hilltops Vineyard Association (Hilltops Inc.) has expressed support for the proposed amalgamation of the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Boorowa, Harden and Young to form a single combined Council.

Hilltops Inc. is the grape and wine producers Association for the official Geographical Indications (GI) wine region of “Hilltops”. The Hilltops GI effectively incorporates all three of the existing LGAs of Boorowa, Harden and Young.

The name “Hilltops” has been in use since 1983 and was officially recognised as a GI in February 1998. The Hilltops GI recognises the regional commonality of geology, altitude and climate including soils, rainfall, temperature, chill hours, degree days, and evaporation rates. Hilltops Inc. has a distinctive logo, a registered trademark and its own website.

Hilltops Inc, local primary producers and representatives of all three LGAs were instrumental in establishing a broader Hilltops group (Hilltops Harvest NSW) to promote and develop the quality primary produce of the Hilltops region, together with the businesses producing or dependent upon them. This included the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors of the Hilltops region.

This broader regional initiative (Hilltops Harvest) was established in 2011 and has been able to utilise the Hilltops logo, trademark and website to help promote economic development within the three Shires of Boorowa, Harden and Young. Hilltops Inc. is keen to see the momentum generated in recent years continue. We believe this can best be achieved under a united ‘Hilltops’ Council which would enable greater cohesion and effectiveness in service delivery, regional promotion and economic development.

For further information please contact the President of Hilltops Inc: Peter Creyke – 0418 446 778

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