Cotton Matters - 6 March 2019

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Cotton Australia leads discussions on reducing textile waste with Cotton Converts meeting

Cotton Australia’s work building deeper connections with the textile industry is continuing.

Cotton Converts is a textile waste project that Cotton Australia’s Cotton To Market team has been facilitating for the past year, looking at solutions to the textile waste issue in Australia and potentially further afield.

The project brings together the Australian cotton industry, brands, NGOs, and scientists to collaborate on technical solutions.

Last week around 50 participants from across the value chain met at the Cotton Converts roundtable to hear from leading scientists and commercial providers about emerging solutions for reducing textile waste. The group included representatives from major brands and retailers, CSIRO, Deakin University, UNSW, QUT, UTS, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, NGOs with a retail store presence, and a number of existing commercial operations offering various technical solutions to textile waste.

Learn more about the Cotton To Market

Donate to cotton’s breast cancer campaign now 

Want to help in the fight against breast cancer?

Cotton Australia has joined with cotton module wrap supplier Tama Agri to launch a fundraising campaign in support of the breast cancer care charity The McGrath Foundation.

Tama Agri have been supporters of the The McGrath Foundation since 2015, and in that time have raised close to $140,000 - enough to fund a full-time specialist Breast Care Nurse in a community that needs one the most for a full year.

The fundraising campaign is an opportunity for the cotton industry to lend a hand and help place these specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities around Australia, to support families experiencing breast cancer.

Did you know:

•             50 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every day.

•             One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with the disease before the age of 85, and breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in females in Australia.

•             148 men are also diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year.

•             The McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses wherever they're needed the most.

The support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse is available across Australia for free, no matter whether you're in the private or public health system.

All growers and industry personnel are encouraged to donate to the campaign - it does not matter if your farm is using the pink cotton module wraps this season or not.

Growers are also encouraged to send Cotton Australia photos of their pink-wrapped modules for use on social media.

Donate now to boost care of breast cancer patients

Mental health support available

Many people in our industry have been feeling the emotional strain of the debate around drought, water use, and the future of cotton.

Support is available for anyone struggling during this tough period, including via the below website, which has handy tips for how you can seek and receive support. Please share it widely.

Seek support now

Educate about our industry at Sydney Royal Easter Show cotton exhibit

Time is running out to volunteer at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and help educate about our industry.

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.

Volunteer now

Quad bike case a warning for all farmers

A recent district court decision has ruled that quad bikes without modifications are not suitable for mustering cattle. 

On the back of this, Cotton Australia extends the National Farmers’ Federation’s (NFF) warning to all farmers of their potential liability in quad bike accidents. You can read NFF’s analysis of the case here

Growers are once again encouraged to make use of our industry’s valuable myBMP program and its tailored resources which can help minimise business risks, such as safety hazards. The myBMP program includes a WHS and HR module, which includes a range of guides, templates and checklists, including a quad bike safety checklist.

Cotton education growing in Queensland

Cotton Australia has been working to boost education of the industry in Queensland via a partnership with one of the state’s teachers.

The CQUniversity’s Women in Agri-tech program, which Cotton Australia helped fund, connected 15 female teachers from across Australia who were interested in teaching technology for a symposium in Brisbane in February on agri-tech.

Emma Oppermann, from Moura State High School, was one of the teachers involved in the program and has since linked with Cotton Australia’s Education Coordinator Ali Briggs to develop a new unit for her Year 9/10 agriculture class based around technology in cotton.

Ms Oppermann said in her school newsletter her plan was to ‘plant a crop of cotton at the school farm, and use technologies to gain better productivity or to improve efficiency of management of the crop’.

Read more about the Women in Agri-tech program

Defend our industry by joining ABC’s database of female interviewees

Do you want to be an advocate for our industry?

ABC News is expanding its database of women across industries to call on as expert talent, opinion leaders and sources for interviews/commentary on their digital and broadcast platforms.

This database will be used by ABC News interview producers, talent bookers and journalists.

Read more information now

Latest updates from Telstra for regional customers

In the latest update from Telstra on news and developments for regional customers, the company outlined investments made through their Co-investment Fund launched in 2018, updates on new products to further improve or extend mobile coverage, and their investment in improving regional customer service, including via dedicated call centres in Adelaide and Townsville. 

Across regional and rural communities in 2018, Telstra completed more than 1200 capacity upgrades, 180+ new Greenfields, and more than 500 mobile base stations built through the first three rounds of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program for a total investment of $260 million.

Read more about Telstra’s work in regional communities