28 Nov 2017

This state election Queensland farmers are calling on the next government to commit to getting serious about developing an approach that properly addresses planning and protection of our prime agricultural land. Currently, the protection of prime agricultural land from urban encroachment, rezoning, large-scale solar energy projects and other competing land uses is inconsistent, short si...

28 Nov 2017

Quad bikes have been responsible for 114 deaths in Australia from 2011 to October 2017. Seventeen of these deaths were children under the age of 16. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating quad bike safety, and considering the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes. As part of this process, the ACCC has released the Quad Bike Safety I...

27 Nov 2017

Queensland farmers are again frustrated that vegetation management has been used for political gain rather than to demonstrate solutions-focused policy, with Labor’s Saving Habitat Policy falling short of a holistic framework capable of providing long term certainty. Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) President Stuart Armitage said that without first conducting an inclusive, objective...

23 Nov 2017

One thing is clear from the results of the 2017 Farm Biosecurity Producer Survey: you are working together more than ever before to secure your farms against all manner of biosecurity threats. When 1200 producers across Australia were interviewed it was discovered that two-thirds of them, regardless of what they farm, share the responsibility for monitoring their crops and livestock for...

22 Nov 2017

Biosecurity officers in South Australia recently set up a random road block near Blanchetown, to stop and inspect vehicles for fruit and vegetables which can carry fruit fly. Over two days, a total of 78 written cautions were issued by PIRSA staff after inspecting 500 vehicles. Rod Turner, General Manager for Risk Management at Plant Health Australia and chair of the Subcommittee on Do...

21 Nov 2017

A worker sustained a serious spinal injury in October 2017 while travelling as a passenger in a troop carrier on a fruit and vegetable farm. The worker was in the back of the four wheel drive which rolled over after the driver lost control. The vehicle was carrying seven people, two in the front, three in the back and two riding on the roof rack. The passengers on the roof were thrown c...

21 Nov 2017

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF), the peak advocacy organization representing the state’s irrigators and intensive agriculture, welcomes the Liberal National Party’s (LNP) plan to build more than $1.3 billion worth of water infrastructure and dams in regional Queensland if elected. QFF President Stuart Armitage said that farmers and irrigators supported proposals from all partie...

17 Nov 2017

Help raise asbestos safety awareness November 20–24 is Asbestos Awareness Week, and it’s a great time to help raise awareness of working safely with asbestos. A personal story can have a big impact. You can arrange for our Safety advocates Don and Julie Sager to come to speak to your workers. Don and Julie discuss the loss of their son to an asbestos-related disease. Adam was a toddler ...

16 Nov 2017

In October 2017 two workers on a rural property in the Western Downs region of Queensland received serious burns from an electric shock. The workers were relocating a grain auger when it came into contact with a 12.7kV single wire earth return (SWER) overhead powerline. Both workers were transported to Brisbane for surgery and one was placed into an induced coma. Investigations into how...

16 Nov 2017

What is the VET Investment Plan? The 2017–18 Annual VET Investment Plan (the Plan) details the Queensland Government's $768.9 million investment in vocational education and training (VET). The Plan: supports demand-driven funding arrangements across a number of program areas provides support for disadvantaged learners and other priority student cohorts provides a significant contrib...