Cotton Matters - 22 August 2019

Wednesday, 21st August 2019 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

Aussie cotton story well received at Brisbane’s Ekka

Cotton Australia was pleased to meet with the thousands of people who attended the Ekka in Brisbane last week.

Cotton Australia had a stand at the show, where we shared our industry's story and busted many of the myths, inaccuracies, misrepresentations and fabrications that have been propagated by some about Aussie cotton in recent times.

There was overwhelming support for our industry, with our stand's message wall full of positive messages for our growers from people keen to learn the truth about Aussie cotton.

Cotton Australia was also pleased to meet with a group of international students at the Ekka to inform them about our industry. The students, from Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan, were studying agribusiness with the Leaders Institute in Brisbane.

Cotton Australia thanks everyone who visited our stand and who wanted to learn the facts about Aussie cotton. We also specially thank those growers who volunteered their time on our stand to help share the truth about our industry - Scott Brimblecombe, Jamie Grant, Luci Grant, Nigel Corish, and Sam Heagney.

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Sussan launches new range of Australian cotton products

Last week marked the start of another brand partnership between Cotton Australia and Sussan, who launched its first Australian cotton collection.

The launch was attended by Emerald cotton farmer and Cotton Australia Director, Fleur Anderson. Fleur was a special guest of Sussan at the exclusive event that brought together fashion influencers and Sussan staff.  Fleur will also feature in a blog on the Sussan website in the coming weeks, sharing her farming story with a new audience of Australian consumers.

Sussan’s first range is made up of 100% Australian cotton tanks, crew and vee neck tees in a range of new season colours, beautifully designed and made to last. Cotton Australia has been working with Sussan for almost a year, helping to establish the supply chain, visiting the garment manufacturer in China and providing traceability for the Australian cotton bales.

“It’s been quite a journey, and a great partnership with another iconic Australian brand that’s been around for 80 years,” Supply Chain Consultant Brooke Summers said.

“Initial feedback is that the range is selling well already, and we’re really looking forward to continuing to work with Sussan to promote Australian cotton and our great story to the Australian public.”

View the range online now


Have your say: new Federal Digital Connectivity Program

Growers are encouraged to provide input into a new federal government program to improve digital connectivity in regional and rural Australia.

This Regional Connectivity Program is an important component of the $220 million Stronger Regional Digital Connectivity Package, announced as part of the Liberal-National Government’s response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.

The program will include up to $53 million in grant funding.

The government is currently consulting on the design of the program, with submissions due 5pm on 9th September 2019. 

Cotton Australia encourages anyone with an interest to have a say, or to contact us to help inform the best design for the program.

The intended outcomes of the grants program are to:

  • Provide place-based solutions to digital connectivity issues in the regions through a range of mobile and/or broadband services.
  • Complement the National Broadband Network, the Mobile Black Spot Program and the telecommunications industry's commercial investment plans.

Read the discussion paper


Changes to backpacker programs: third-year working holiday visa now available

Changes announced to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program to support regional and rural communities by the Australian Government apply from 1 July 2019.

Second-year holiday visa holders (417 and 462) may be eligible for a third-year working holiday visa. This would allow visa holders to stay in Australia and work for an additional 12 months, if they have worked for six months in a specified field or industry in a designated area of regional Australia.

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International Cotton Advisory Committee Plenary meeting coming to Brisbane

The 78th International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Plenary meeting will be held in Brisbane in December.

This event, from 2nd-5th December at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Cotton Australia, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association.

ICAC Members from up to 30 countries will attend the event and meet with Australian cotton growers, ginners, shippers, marketers, analysts, policy makers, textile manufacturers, agricultural suppliers, and investment bankers.

Read more about the ICAC Plenary meeting


New industry focus on safety

A new partnership, called the Rural Safety and Health Alliance, has commenced and will invest in practical extension solutions informed by industry input on work, health and safety risks.

The Alliance is supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and is a partnership of rural research and development corporations who are investing in a fresh approach to improving primary production's health and safety record centred on innovative research and extension.

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Safety: NSW quad bike rebates, drone rebates and training

Growers are encouraged to consider applying for rebates available through the NSW quad bike safety improvement program.

SafeWork NSW offers two rebates worth up to $1,000 each towards the purchase of safer side-by-side vehicles, operator protective devices and compliant helmets.

The rebate can also be used to purchase one drone, providing the applicant already owns and uses a quad bike or side-by-side vehicle on their property.

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Plant Health Australia director positions available

Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) has invited applications for the organisation’s available non-executive director board positions.

Every two years, four of the eight non-executive director positions on the PHA Board are up for re-election.

As well as previous board experience and AICD qualifications, applicants will require a combination of expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Plant industry production, industry operations and marketing as it relates to Australian plant biosecurity.
  • Plant health policy and government policy processes, plant health management and international trends in plant health practices.
  • Strategic planning, business and financial management and economics.
  • Corporate leadership.

Interviewees will be required to verify all academic qualifications and industry accreditations.

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