Cotton Matters - 20 February 2019

Tuesday, 19th February 2019 // Cotton Matters // Comments (0)

Cotton Australia CEO debates man behind political attack on cotton industry

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick’s dangerous political stunt attacking our industry and regional communities continues to be a part of the current water debate.

Senator Patrick is proposing to ban cotton exports from Australia.

This bill has progressed to the Committee stage of the parliamentary process, where it will be assessed by other Senators, and submissions relating to the proposed legislation will be read. A decision will then be made on whether the bill progresses to a parliamentary debate.

Cotton Australia continues its work advocating against this proposed law, and encourages growers to have their say on the matter online and in submissions to the Senate committee.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay last week debated Senator Patrick live on ABC television about his proposed legislation.

Watch the debate now

Cotton Australia responds to Labor-commissioned report on fish deaths

The Australian Academy of Science has released its report into the Menindee fish deaths, commissioned by federal Labor.

The report was critical of the amount of water extraction allowed in the northern Murray-Darling Basin, and made a range of recommendations which would affect our industry.

Cotton Australia responded to the report, welcoming some of the recommendations and disagreeing with others. We reiterated the industry’s commitment to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and urged politicians not to make knee-jerk decisions in response to the issue.

Read Cotton Australia’s full response here


Cotton Australia advocating for our industry with key politicians

Cotton Australia’s work advocating for our industry to politicians and key decision makers is continuing.

In recent weeks, Cotton Australia’s CEO Adam Kay and General Manager Michael Murray met with key politicians from across the political spectrum, at both state and federal levels.

Among others, briefing sessions were held with NSW Labor’s Chris Minns (Shadow Water Minister) and Mick Veitch (Shadow Primary Industries Minister), as well as federal Labor’s Tony Burke and Joel Fitzgibbon. We also met numerous Senators, Members and ministers at Parliament House in Canberra last week.

Cotton Australia also attended the NSW water and energy debate in Griffith on Tuesday night, as part of the NSW election campaign.

The meetings were a valuable opportunity for Cotton Australia to inform about our industry and put forward the key facts that have been missing from the recent water debate.

Cotton Australia’s work advocating to decision makers continues, especially in the lead-up to the NSW and federal elections.


Volunteers needed for Sydney Royal Easter Show cotton exhibit

Cotton Australia is partnering with the University of New England (UNE) to showcase our industry at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The exhibit will educate the public and bust some of the myths circulating about Australian cotton. This is a valuable opportunity to tell our story to large numbers of people, as demonstrated last year when 400,000 people visited the UNE pavilion at the show.

We’d love to have cotton growers front-and-centre at the exhibit, telling their story and sharing the facts about Australian cotton production from field to fabric.

If you’re available to spend some time at the Sydney Royal Easter Show manning the exhibit between April 12th and 23rd, please express your interest in this form.

Register your interest to share our story at the show 


NSW growers: AgSkilled Advanced Spray Training - 2019 locations and dates announced

NSW growers are encouraged to sign up for training being provided under the AgSkilled program.

Advanced Spray training is delivered by Tocal College in partnership with Craig Day from Spray Safe and Save.

The training has been developed to address the ongoing problem of spray drift and off-target crop damage.

This course is designed for experienced spray applicators and is delivered as a one-day workshop followed by a workplace visit for each enterprise.

Read more information now 


Boost your knowledge of transport Safety Management Systems at NHVR workshop

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is holding a series of workshops for growers informing around transport Safety Management Systems (SMS).

Under the recent changes to Chain of Responsibility legislation, safety during transport activities involving heavy vehicles is the shared responsibility of everyone involved.

Having an effective SMS can be one of the best ways of ensuring businesses are safety-focused and complying with safety obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Information sessions are being held in Emerald and Goondiwindi.

Register for the information sessions now 


Agricultural and veterinary chemical collection scheduled for Queensland growers

A collection of unwanted agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Queensland has been scheduled for June 2019.

The collection is being completed by AgSafe ChemClear.

Growers looking to use the opportunity to get rid of chemicals they don’t need during the collection are urged to register by April 19th, 2019.

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