9 August, 2021
Industry reaches out to young people
by KEVIN BORG IN THE past weeks sugar prices have been moving higher than has been experienced in the sugar industry for some time. With the return of greater confidence, CANEGROWERS Mackay is reaching out to young people in our industry who may be starting to think more seriously about careers in the sugar industry.
IN THE past weeks sugar prices have been moving higher than has been experienced in the sugar industry for some time.
With the return of greater confidence, CANEGROWERS Mackay is reaching out to young people in our industry who may be starting to think more seriously about careers in the sugar industry. To build confidence, CANEGROWERS Mackay will sponsor two students aged between 15 and 20 who are the children of cane grower members and who are interested in undertaking the exciting new Entrepreneurial Learning in Action course.
The course is currently being offered to agricultural students at North Mackay High School, thanks to Agrifutures Australia, a research and development organisation working to advance agriculture, funded by the Australian Government.
For the past three years AgriFutures and business education company, Startup.Business, have run the program in schools around Australia to help students learn about running an agri-business and solving local problems in agriculture. Interested students from other schools can also participate in the entrepreneurial course online outside of school hours through Startup.Business Education’s website https://startup.business/ entrepreneur-course/ The course normally costs $100 and takes about six weeks or about two hours per week. At the end of the course students receive a certification badge that they can display on their resume. Participation via Zoom at the Brilliant Business Kids Festival on 15 October is also included.
is offering this opportunity to two of our members’ children to give them the chance to meet other agricultural students around Australia and broaden their horizons about an exciting future in agriculture - particularly in the sugar industry. For more information please email: Christine_Walker@canegrowers.com.au before the deadline of Friday 20 August.
In another initiative for growers who are hoping to use more agtech on their canefarms,CANEGROWERS Mackayand Aerial Asset Control will hold an on farm demonstration of a large drone in action on a Sunnyside farm on Friday 13 August (weather and planting schedules permitting!). The demonstration aims to assist farmers to decide whether a contractor using a drone to apply agricultural chemicals on their farm would be an affordable, convenient alternative to having to do it themselves or having to use a helicopter. The drone is also capable of mapping a farm to determine feral pig hotspots and to locate weed infestations. Of course, the drone is not only useful in the cane industry so come along if you want to talk about the opportunities in other agricultural industries, mining, tourism, search and rescue, fire control and regional councils. If you are interested in attending please RSVP by email to Christine_Walker@canegrowers. com.au for more information.
Powerline near misses
With a high number of near misses between cane harvesters and powerlines already this season, CANEGROWERS Mackay has come to an arrangement with Ergon to display 10 Rotamarkers on farms from Carmila to Kuttabul and west to Benholme to show growers their usefulness in making powerlines visible when harvesting near them. CANEGROWERS Mackay Member Services Officer, Michelle Martin who organised the installation of the Rotamarkers, says each marker costs only about $100 (ex GST) and are installed by Ergon at no cost. “The rotating motion of these red and white markers draws the eye and ensures that harvester operators can see the powerlines when operating near them,” she said. “To order one you just need to complete a Powerline Marker Application Form available on Ergon Energy’s website (www.ergon. com.au – search on Powerline Markers) and return it to Ergon Safety Advice (firstname.lastname@example.org). “Ergon then processes the work order and forwards it to Network Performance Officers here in Mackay who will arrange a quote and installation.” Rotamarkers are of course a useful safety device for all businesses which have high equipment and machinery which must operate near powerlines