Ban the Export of Cotton Bill – send in your submission now
Individuals, groups, CGAs and business are all encouraged to send in a submission to the federal Senate Inquiry into the proposed Bill to ban the export of cotton from Australia.
The Bill is being proposed by South Australia’s Senator Rex Patrick, and submissions close on April 8th, 2019.
Cotton Australia is encouraging as many people and groups as possible to send in a submission, so the industry can share with politicians the importance of our industry and the impact it has on individuals and communities.
Submissions can be short, and should focus on how a ban on cotton would impact on the person making the submission.
Water issues addressed at Circular Fashion conference
The alternative water and cotton story was presented to over 300 fashion industry delegates at the Circular Fashion Conference in Melbourne last month.
Cotton Australia’s Brooke Summers was a guest speaker on the topic of where cotton fits in circular fashion business models, and took the opportunity to ensure some of the myths about cotton and water were addressed.
“I had a number of approaches from brands after the presentation to show their appreciation about hearing another side of the story. Many city based people just don’t get access to balanced coverage of the issues and so it was great to take the opportunity to represent raw materials and our farmers in this way,” Ms Summers said.
Exciting cotton education opportunities on the way via new curriculum
More New South Wales students will learn about the Australian cotton industry thanks to the implementation of a new curriculum module.
As part of a new requirement that agriculture be a mandatory component of the technology curriculum in NSW, a specific module on cotton was developed by Cotton Australia to boost school students’ education around the fibre.
Professional development workshops for agriculture and food-tech teachers were held in Sydney and Griffith recently, and one will be held in Narrabri later this year.
The workshops help the teachers to understand the wide array of uses of cotton fibre, but also how the crop’s seed oil is used in food and soap products.
Growers reminded cattle must not graze on failed cotton crops
Growers are being reminded to adhere to the conditions of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) the cotton industry has with the cattle sector.
The Australian cotton industry has a MOU in place with the cattle industry, which states failed cotton crops will not be grazed, cut or baled for feed purposes. This also applies to crop residue in fields after picking.
The aim of this MOU is to manage any potential risk of residues in meat, the detection of which would be highly detrimental to both the Australian cattle and cotton industries.
It’s important that this MOU is adhered to, as it also underpins the cattle industry’s support of the current permit that allows feeding of gin trash to stock.
Additionally, there are specific requirements for the destruction of failed Bollgard 3 crops under the Bollgard 3 Resistance Management Plan that growers should be aware of.
These RMP requirements are intended to reduce the resistance risk of having cotton crops left in the field for longer than necessary.
Growers encouraged knowing their Easter transport requirements
Cotton Australia is urging growers to refresh their knowledge of transport obligations this Easter.
Cotton Australia has information on the rights and responsibilities of growers and transport contractors moving heavy machinery on Queensland and NSW roads at this busy time of year.
With regards to Easter movements, the rules are the same as last year (2018).
In NSW, the movement of cotton picking equipment over Easter will be allowed under either the conditions of a Class One Agricultural Vehicle Permit (for “walking” machinery), or the New South Wales Class 1 Agricultural Cotton Vehicle Exemption for Permitted Heavy Vehicles (Notice) 2016 (No. 1) (for “floating” machinery).
While operators need to ensure full compliance with the requirements of the above, in general cotton harvesting machinery can be “walked” over the Easter period, and where “floating” would normally be restricted, it is allowed on prescribed routes during daylight hours on Easter Sunday and Monday as outlined in the Notice.
In Queensland, Easter movement of cotton machinery is governed by the Queensland Class1 Cotton Harvest Derestriction Notice 2017 (No. 1). It divides the cotton growing regions into two zones, with travel either allowed over the entire Easter period, or on Easter Saturday or Sunday.
Water release for Central Queensland irrigators
The Queensland Government has announced a new water release for irrigators in the state’s central region.
A total of 90,000 megalitres of water will be made available for irrigators along the Dawson River, in a move the government says is a first and will drive economic opportunities in the region.
Growers in the Central Highlands and Banana Shire Council areas are being encouraged to take up the opportunity to access the water, which will be temporarily available for the next three years.
Positive changes to Skilled Migration Occupation Lists announced
The Federal Government recently announced updates to Skilled Migration Occupation Lists that underpin skilled visa programs.
The Coalition also recently released its ‘Planning for Population’ policy with new regional visas and a range of measures designed to boost regional areas.
Telecommunications scam targeting NBN Co.
Growers are being encouraged to remain vigilant to scammers pretending to be from NBN Co.
The telecommunications company has launched an awareness campaign after a number of scam cases were reported.
The scams reportedly involved households and businesses being phoned by individuals claiming to be from NBN Co. requesting personal or financial information.