Member representatives updated on Cotton Australia’s achievements at general meeting
Representatives from Cotton Australia’s members have been updated on the organisation’s achievements and key activities.
Two general meetings are held each year so Cotton Australia can brief representatives on issues affecting the industry and inform on how Cotton Australia is responding. General meetings are also an important opportunity for members to raise additional priorities of concern requiring Cotton Australia’s attention.
The meeting in Brisbane last week also saw member representatives – via four representative panels - provide CRDC with advice on research and development proposals for CRDC’s 2019/20 investment period.
Member representatives also confirmed the key federal election issues for Cotton Australia to advocate for on behalf of growers.
A comprehensive document summarising the meeting’s key outcomes will be produced for member representatives to use when updating their own organisation on Cotton Australia’s work.
Cotton Australia boosting ag education in cotton communities
The Australian cotton industry's support for regional communities was on show again this month when Cotton Australia presented a cheque to the Lower Namoi CGA for sponsorship of Wee Waa High School’s show cattle team.
The $2,000 donation is a further example of how the industry supports the education of students in our cotton regions.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, Cotton Australia worked with the Central Highlands Cotton Growers & Irrigators Association and Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges to provide scholarships at Emerald Agricultural College.
Earlier this month, scholarship recipient Britney Schofield graduated from the PACE 12 program at the college.
Cotton Australia’s Deputy Chair, Nigel Burnett, Cotton Australia’s Central Highlands regional manager, Renee Anderson, and Central Highlands Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association president, Aaron Kiely attended the ceremony.
Reminder - apply now for new Cotton20 Leadership Program
Are you a grower who wants to develop skills, knowledge and networks to better lead, advocate and influence change across the cotton industry?
If so, you’re encouraged to apply for Cotton Australia’s new mid-high level industry leadership program, Cotton20.
Cotton Australia has secured funds from the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund to assist in the development and delivery of this program.
Key topics of the program will include:
- Industry development
- Strategic thinking and planning
A two-level mentoring initiative will be a central part of this program, as will a face-to-face forum and a mix of online and digital learning resources.
Interested growers are encouraged to contact Cotton Australia via email, or phone 0448 094 883 for further information and an application form.
Applications close on Friday 14th December 2018.
Country Road releases new addition to Aussie cotton range
Country Road is the latest brand to partner with Cotton Australia and make a commitment to sourcing Australian cotton as a key part of their sustainability journey.
The brand recently released a range of men’s T-shirts in 100% Australian cotton. The shirts are available in crew neck or vee neck, in navy, black or white, and are priced at $59.95 for a pack of two.
On their choice to use Australian cotton, the company said: “Country Road is on a journey to design and produce fashion more responsibly. We look to collaborate with industries that are committed to effecting positive environmental change. We choose to partner with Cotton Australia, because it’s dedicated to producing and supplying the most environmentally and socially responsible cotton in the world.”
Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants recipients announced
The recipients of the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) grants program have been announced.
The program is a joint initiative between the Monsanto Fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Its aim is to support communities in cotton growing areas by providing 30 grants each year worth $5,000 to local groups and initiatives.
Boosting education in rural areas is a focus of this year’s grants program, with around half of the approved ACFGC projects targeting the improvement of facilities at rural schools, pre-schools and daycare centres.
Other grants will go towards boosting children’s healthcare and developing infrastructure for show societies and community halls.
Rural women encouraged to apply for Generating Regionally Outstanding Women program
Expressions of interest are open for AgSkilled’s Generating Regionally Outstanding Women (GROW) training program.
The course is a unique professional development opportunity for female leaders and emerging leaders in the NSW cotton and grains industries.
The training is a six-day program delivered via three two-day workshops over six months. It covers skill development in time management, communication and networking, management of teams and understanding and managing work health and safety in business.
Locations for the course in 2019 include Temora, Jerilderie, Coonamble and Garah.
Find out more by contacting GROW Project Manager, Rebecca Fing
Growers encouraged to apply for leadership training opportunities
Growers interested in developing their leadership skills are encouraged to consider being involved in a training program organised by the National Irrigators’ Council (NIC).
The NIC has secured funding from the Federal Government’s Rural Leadership program for irrigators to take part in leadership skill development courses. The courses include the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s TRAIL program, and the Peter Cullen Trust program.
The aim of the training is to boost the skills of growers and enable their leadership capacity to develop further in practical ways.
Interested growers can contact the NIC, or Cotton Australia’s Michael Murray
RRRCC welcomes government paper on reliable telecommunications service improvements
The Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC), of which Cotton Australia is a member of, has welcomed a Federal Government paper consulting on ways to improve the reliability of telecommunications services.
The consultation paper is examining the protections offered to consumers so the telecommunications framework is suitable for all Australians.
The government has outlined a number of proposals it is seeking input on to improve the reliability of fixed voice and broadband services, including:
- New rules enforcing maximum timeframes for connections and repairs and encouraging telco providers to keep the connection and repair appointments they make
- Requirements to focus on keeping consumers connected to a service if maximum timeframes cannot be met
- Requirements for network operators to publish reliability metrics to help consumers make informed decisions.
Sky Muster Plus service announced
In other telecommunications news, the announcement of the Sky Muster Plus service has been welcomed by the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC), of which Cotton Australia is a member of.
The introduction of the Sky Muster Plus service will see essential internet uses, including web browsing, email and software updates exempt from monthly data allowances.
The service will also provide faster speeds through access to a wholesale 25 megabytes per second product, and the new plans will not count the use of email and internet banking towards monthly data allowances.
NFF launches road safety campaign targeting heavy ag vehicles
Raising awareness around the movement of large agricultural vehicles on public roads is a focus of a new safety campaign by the National Farmers’ Federation.
The campaign has three key messages for motorists travelling around large agricultural vehicles: look out, slow down, and take care.
It is hoped the campaign will foster mutual respect and goodwill on the roads.
Help needed to map carp populations
A survey mapping carp populations is underway, and help is needed to ensure the research is a success.
The CARPMAP survey is an online tool for recording where carp have been seen aggregating in large numbers. The information collected will help inform future carp management programs.
CARPMAP is being led by the National Carp Control Plan, with support from the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, the NSW DPI, and CSIRO.