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WELCOME TO THE MAY 2019 ISSUE OF 'CANE NEWS'


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DATE CLAIMERS
 
May
28th             BMP Smartcane workshop: Canegrowers Proserpine, 9am-11am
28th             Proserpine Harvesters Forum: Valmadre farm, 10am - 2pm
31st             Macrossan & Amiet 'sugar pricing & general world market discussion': Hotel Metropole, 10.30am - 1pm

June
TBA             ChemClear chemical collections begin
                    SSP shed meetings - see flyer below for dates & locations
11 June       BMP Smartcane workshop: Canegrowers Proserpine, 9am-11am
18 June       Showcane sections 8 to 10 (CCS), Proserpine Showgrounds, 7am to 4pm
20 June       Showcane sections 1 to 7, Proserpine Showgrounds, 1pm to 5pm
21 June       Showcane Exhibit presentations: Proserpine Showgrounds, Cane Exhibit, from 2pm
2019 SHOW CANE EXHIBIT - 21st JUNE, 2019
The Proserpine show is quickly approaching - will you be entering our annual Show Cane Exhibit this year?

Canegrowers Proserpine is again very proud to be hosting our annual Show Cane Exhibit at Show Whitsunday (Friday 21st June). Keep an eye on your mail box and email inbox, as the 2019 Show Cane schedule will be released in the very near future. Additional copies of the schedule can be obtained by visiting the Canegrowers Proserpine office from Monday 27th May onwards.
 
Last year's decision to move the CCS testing to the Proserpine Showgrounds proved to be a great success and will continue this year and beyond. As always, CCS testing for sections 8, 9 and 10 will be held on Tuesday 18th June.

Entries for sections 1 to 7 will be accepted at the Proserpine Showgrounds on Thursday 20th June.

Judging will occur on the morning of Friday 21st June, with presentations commencing at 2pm. Remember: entrants or a representative must be present at the presentation for winning exhibits, or your prize may be forfeited
 
With loads of great prizes from generous sponsors on offer across the 10 sections, the competition is sure to be exciting but remember.....    YOU'VE GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!
  
IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday 18th June - Sections 8, 9 & 10 (CCS)
Entries are to be taken to the Proserpine Showgrounds between 7.00am to 4.00pm

Thursday 20th June - Sections 1 to 7
Entries are to be taken to the Proserpine Showgrounds between 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Friday 21st June
Presentation of trophies and prizes will begin at 2.00pm, at the Canegrowers Showcane exhibit
CHANGES TO CANEGROWERS PROSERPINE BOARD

Following the 2019 Triennial elections, the newly elected directors held a Statutory Meeting to elect  executive positions and committee representatives for the next three-year term. Glenn Clarke was re-elected Chairman and re-appointed as the district’s QCGO Policy Council representative for the ensuing period.

Lindsay Altmann did not seek re-election for the Deputy Chairman position – subsequently, Tony Large was elected to this position unopposed.
CANEGROWERS PROSERPINE INSURANCE UPDATE
After more than 8 years managing our insurance operations, Carol Roberts has resigned as the Authorised Representative to pursue other opportunities. The CANEGROWERS Board extends its thanks and appreciation to Carol for her dedication and commitment in what has been a difficult period for the insurance industry.

The Board is not currently canvassing for a replacement but are considering several options to enable members to have continued access to insurance services and advice.

In the meantime, we have engaged an external insurance advisor to provide professional support for policy holders while the Board considers its options. Our Admin Officer, Sarah Addis, is also able to assist members and policy holders with basic enquiries.
SMARTCANE BMP WORKSHOPS
ONLY 2 WORKSHOPS REMAINING IN THIS BLOCK
DON'T MISS OUT - REGISTER TODAY!

TUESDAY 28th MAY
&
TUESDAY 11th JUNE
(Sessions run from 9am - 12pm)
CLICK HERE to RSVP to Christine Peterson - christine.peterson@sugarpros.com.au
RATOON STUNTING DISEASE
SSP has commenced testing crops for Ratoon Stunting Disease ( RSD ) and there has been some positive test results. The only way to manage RSD is to obtain disease free planting material every year and to ensure any machinery moving onto and OFF you farm is thoroughly disinfected. It is important to note that harvesters and planting equipment are the main method of spreading from farm to farm but that Stool splitters can, in some cases, spread the disease within paddocks.
 
Growers can contact Frank at SSP to organise a seed source inspection for RSD.

Please note: The sample collection process can take some time and growers are advised that results will probably not be known for a minimum of 4 weeks. The estimated cost of each sample is $15.

EVERY farmer has an obligation under the Biosecurity Act of Queensland known as :

GENERAL BIOSECURITY OBLIGATION (GBO)

Here is an extract from the GBO for growers:

What biosecurity risks can you be expected to know about?
The law says that you are responsible for managing biosecurity risks that you know about or could reasonably be expected to know about.
You are not expected to know about all biosecurity risks, but you are expected to know about risks associated with your day-to-day work and your hobbies.
For example:
  • If you are a commercial grower, you are expected to stay informed about the pests and diseases that could affect or be carried by your crops, as well as weeds and pest animals that could be on your property.
   You are also expected to manage them appropriately.
 
In the case of RSD the General Biosecurity Obligations are as follows:
The affected landowner has an obligation to manage the disease and ensure that it does not infect others.
The affected landowner should advise the owner of any machinery that has been in contact with sugar cane leaving his farm to sterilise that equipment. If the owner of that machinery does not sterilise the equipment and spreads the disease, he is in breach of his GBO.
 
For further information and discussion please contact Frank Millar at SSP
GENERAL BIOSECURITY OBLIGATIONS
All Queenslanders have a ‘general biosecurity obligation’ (GBO) under Queensland's Biosecurity Act 2014. This means that everyone is responsible for managing biosecurity risks that are:
  • under their control and
  • that they know about, or should reasonably be expected to know about.
Under the GBO, individuals and organisations whose activities pose a biosecurity risk must:
  • take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk
  • minimise the likelihood of causing a ‘biosecurity event ’, and limit the consequences if such an event is caused
  • prevent or minimise the harmful effects a risk could have, and not do anything that might make any harmful effects worse.
What are ‘biosecurity risks’ and ‘biosecurity events’?
To properly understand your responsibilities under the GBO, you need to understand what is meant by ‘biosecurity risks’ and ‘biosecurity events’. A biosecurity risk is the risk that exists when you deal with:
  • any pest, disease or contaminant
  • something that could carry a pest, disease or contaminant (e.g. animals, plants, soil, equipment—known as ‘carriers’).
A biosecurity event is an event that:
  • has, or may have, a significant harmful effect on human health, social amenity, the economy, or the environment and
  • is caused by a pest, disease or contaminant.
The GBO shares the responsibility for managing biosecurity risks more broadly so that we can reduce the likelihood of having a biosecurity event.

What biosecurity risks can you be expected to know about?
The law says that you are responsible for managing biosecurity risks that you know about or could reasonably be expected to know about. You are not expected to know about all biosecurity risks, but you are expected to know about risks associated with your day-to-day work and your hobbies. For example:
  • If you are a commercial grower, you are expected to stay informed about the pests and diseases that could affect or be carried by your crops, as well as weeds and pest animals that could be on your property. You are also expected to manage them appropriately.
  • If you are a livestock owner, you are expected to stay informed about pests and diseases that could affect or be carried by your animals, as well as weeds and pest animals that could be on your property. You are also expected to manage them appropriately.
  • If you are a landowner, you are expected to stay informed about the weeds and pest animals (such as wild dogs) that could be on your property. You are also expected to manage them appropriately.
  • If you transport agricultural produce, you are expected to check whether the transportation could spread diseases or pests. If it could, you are expected to manage this appropriately.
  • If you live or work in a highly promoted biosecurity zone (e.g. are a builder or developer in the fire ant biosecurity zone), you are expected to know what you can and cannot move into and out of the zone, and what other precautions are required.
  • If you are a residential gardener, you are not expected to know about all the biosecurity risks that might affect plants. However, you are expected to know basics information about how to reduce the risk of spreading a pest or disease, as well as the problem pests in your local area. Your local government will identify problem pests.
What are reasonable and practical steps?
The steps that are considered ‘reasonable and practical’ will vary depending on the situation and the risks involved. Key factors include:
  • how likely an activity is to pose a risk—the more likely it is, the more action you are expected to take
  • how harmful an activity could be (e.g. whether it could cause human deaths, extensive productivity losses or other significant economic or community losses)—the more potentially harmful it is, the more action you are expected to take
  • how much the person managing the activity knows, or should reasonably be expected to know, about the risk (e.g. how dangerous it is and how it is spread)—the more you know, or should be expected to know, the more action you are expected to take
  • what methods are available to minimise the risk (e.g. equipment and work practices)—the more readily available a method is, the more action you are expected to take.
Information is widely available on reasonable and practical steps that can be taken to meet the GBO for many common pests and diseases (e.g. on government and industry websites). In addition, where a specific and significant biosecurity risk exists in a particular industry or because of a particular activity, government may introduce regulations or other measures that specify how the GBO is to be met for that risk. These might include:
  • arrangements for treating pests, diseases, contaminants and carriers
  • restrictions on moving them inside or outside a biosecurity zone
  • a mandatory code of practice for reducing the risk.
Information on these kinds of measures will be promoted and available to the relevant groups.

How can you reduce biosecurity risks?
In most cases, you can reduce biosecurity risks by following simple steps. For example:
  • Manage pests (e.g. weeds and wild dogs) and diseases on your property that could have negative impacts on neighbouring properties.
  • Carefully examine animals before moving them. Moving animals will pose a biosecurity risk if they are carrying pests or diseases that could affect agricultural industries. Check for animal diseases that could be spread by contact with other animals, and for weed seeds.
  • Closely inspect pot plants and potting mix before taking them home. They will pose a biosecurity risk if they are carrying fire ants or electric ants, or plant pests, weeds or diseases that are not already present in your suburb or region.
What will happen if someone does not meet their obligation?
Biosecurity Queensland focuses on educating Queenslanders about biosecurity and encouraging voluntary compliance with the GBO. To achieve this, Biosecurity Queensland generally provides advice on managing specific risks. A biosecurity officer can also issue a biosecurity order requiring specific action to be taken within a reasonable time.

When necessary, Biosecurity Queensland takes formal compliance action to ensure an individual, business or other organisation improves the way they manage biosecurity risks. Not complying with the GBO is an offence. Biosecurity Queensland may also seek a court order or the amendment, suspension or cancellation of a permit or other approval.
SSP SHED MEETING DATES
           
CHEMICAL USE TRAINING & ACCREDITATION
Recently, some growers brought to our attention that their chemical accreditation is due to expire this year. Growers who have undertaken chemical training through courses organised by CANEGROWERS would have received a Statement of Attainment in the following competencies:
  • AHCCHM303A  Prepare and Apply Chemicals
  • AHCCHM304A  Transport Handle and Store Chemicals
  • AHCPMG301A  Control Weeds
In some states, chemical accreditation expires every five (5) years, however this is not the case in QLD. There is however, a general expectation that growers will maintain currency, but this can be readily demonstrated by the fact that growers are spraying on a routine basis (i.e. the above competencies are regularly put into practice) and that growers typically keep up through advisors, suppliers, and field days. Refresher courses that provide industry-specific information and updates can be useful, but these are not mandatory to demonstrate currency.

So, if you have a Statement of Attainment or a Chemical Accreditation Card (wallet-size) with an expiry date, please disregard.

It is however extremely important that you retain the original Statement of Attainment as this is your proof that you have completed the pre-requisite competencies – if you have lost or mislaid this document, please contact this office and we will endeavour to obtain a replacement.

And just for clarity, BMP does not require growers to re-do chemical accreditation training.
HARVESTING FORUM 28 MAY 2019
SRA, DAF and Sugar Services Proserpine invite you to a
 
PROSERPINE HARVESTING BEST PRACTICE INDUSTRY COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP
  
TUESDAY 28 MAY 2019
10.00am to 2.00pm
 

Venue: Luke and Craig VALMADRE shed, Kelsey Creek Rd
Morning smoko and lunch will be provided
CLICK HERE for workshop agenda
SRA CENTRAL REGION GROWER UPDATE

On Thursday 18th April, SRA held their annual Central Region Grower Update at the Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Club. Jason Eglington gave a talk about SRA's new breeding program and detailed some of the steps being undertaken to speed up the process of selecting varieties. He also outlined a world first technique to screen for smut resistance in the breeding program.

Anne Rae gave an interesting talk about her work on root structure and architecture, as well as a new process using DNA to quantify the volume of roots in a given soil sample. This is useful information when assessing soil health and will be a valuable tool in future to determine the benefits of practice change.

Frikkie Botha spoke about the work currently being done to identify the cause of YCS and detailed some of the trial results using insecticide sprays. These trials are ongoing.

Rob Magarey outlined a new DNA assay process that will be able to identify Pachymetra, nematodes and root volume all as one test.

During the day, many other speakers shared information about soil health, enhanced efficiency fertilisers and harvesting loss. A summary of the most pertinent talks will be given at SSP's next round of shed meetings, which are due to be held in June. Please check the Canegrowers Proserpine Facebook page and your emails over the coming weeks, for further details.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF SMARTCANE  BMP INFORMATION
Growers may have seen recent news reports regarding AgForce’s decision to delete its members’ Best Management Practice records in advance of the Queensland Government considering new legislation to parliament. This legislation, if passed, could force organisations to provide information related to:
  • the sale of a fertiliser product or agricultural chemical;
  • the application of a fertiliser product or agricultural chemical;
  • soil tests; or
  • crop yields.
Reports of this action by AgForce have the potential to cause alarm amongst CANEGROWERS members, particularly those growers who are accredited or registered with the Smartcane BMP program. We want to allay any concerns you have by explaining what information is collected and stored by CANEGROWERS and Smartcane BMP.
 
  • The CANEGROWERS membership database and the Smartcane BMP database are two completely separate and unrelated entities.
  • Neither the CANEGROWERS membership database nor the Smartcane BMP database records any individual farming data, such as:
    • Fertiliser application rates
    • Chemical application rates
  • The Smartcane BMP database holds no information whatsoever on farming businesses not registered with the program.
  • Farming businesses registered with the program are recorded on the Smartcane BMP database as operating at, below or above industry standard only.
  • All records on fertiliser sales and rates used are held by the individual farming business and/or any advisory firms or resellers engaged by the grower. Smartcane BMP facilitators and auditors may view this information, but no copies are taken or stored.
  • CANEGROWERS and Smartcane BMP are committed to keeping all grower data confidential.
The data being targeted by the State Government’s proposed Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 is that information being held by farming businesses, advisory firms, resellers, and mills - particularly in relation to fertiliser application rates and yield.
 
CANEGROWERS is seeking legal advice in relation to the proposed Bill and any impact it may have on individual growers and the industry more widely.
 
The Smartcane BMP program is designed to engage and assist growers in improving their on-farm practices in a way that not only reduces their environmental footprint, but also boosts efficiency, productivity and profitability.
 
CANEGROWERS is very proud of the achievements of our growers. Queensland’s cane growers are some of the world’s most innovative and sustainable farmers and Smartcane BMP is the mechanism through which we can share and celebrate this story, setting the record straight and ultimately convince the community that regulations are unnecessary.
QSL UPDATE - CHANGES TO PROSERPINE OFFICE OPENING HOURS

Please note that the QSL Proserpine office will be closed for the week from 20 May – 24 May 2019 

 

Opening hours from 27 May 2019 until further notice:
 

                                                                                      Monday                 Closed

                                                                                      Tuesday                9am – 3pm
                                                                                      Wednesday           Closed

                                                                                      Thursday               9am – 3pm

                                                                                      Friday                    9am – 3pm
 

For all enquiries please phone 4967 4618 or 0418 978 120

2018/19 EMPLOYEE PAYMENT SUMMARIES
A reminder to all growers that access payroll assistance from the Canegrowers Proserpine office

To ensure fast preparation of your 2018/19 PAYG payment summaries and statements, we ask that you please bring your payroll figures (up to 30th June 2019) into the Proserpine office as soon as is possible.

We also ask that you please bring your ATO stationery into the Proserpine office as soon as it is received.
SINGLE TOUCH PAYROLL STARTING FROM 1st JULY 2019
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR EMPLOYERS’ - Single Touch Payroll
 
Canegrowers Proserpine regrets to advise that as of 1st July 2019, it can no longer offer its Employer Members a payroll reporting service. This is because of changing legislation by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) regarding Single Touch Payroll, detailed in part below. You are encouraged to commence liaising with your Accountants as soon as possible on the best way forward for your operations to be compliant with the new ATO legislation as of the 1st July 2019.
 
Canegrowers Proserpine will however continue to provide as much up to date information it can with respect to Employer obligations and employing under ‘The Sugar Industry Award’.
 
Single Touch Payroll- Information taken from the Australian Taxation Office:
Single Touch Payroll (STP) changes the way employers report their employees' tax and super information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Using payroll or accounting software that offers STP, employers send their employees' tax and super information to the ATO each time they run their payroll and pay their employees. The information is sent to the ATO either directly from the software or through a third party, such as a sending service provider. Software providers can tell you more about how they offer STP reporting.
 
Employers with 20 or more employees
STP reporting started gradually on 1 July 2018 for substantial employers (those with 20 or more employees). Find out if your software is STP-ready by talking to your software provider. Your tax professional can also help.
 
Employers with 19 or less employees
Parliament has passed legislation to extend STP reporting to all employers from 1 July 2019. The Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018 is yet to receive Royal Assent.
 
Talk to your software provider to find out what you need to do to update your software and start reporting. Different STP reporting options will be available by 1 July 2019 to help smaller employers. However, the ATO won't force employers with 19 or less employees to purchase payroll software if they don’t currently use it.
 
The ATO has asked software developers to build low-cost STP solutions at or below $10 per month for micro employers – including simple payroll software, mobile phone apps and portals. A register of providers who intend to build these solutions is available at:
www.ato.gov.au/business/single-touch-payroll/in-detail/low-cost-single-touch-payroll-solutions
 
Micro employers (1–4 employees) will also have a number of alternative options that are not available to employers with 20 or more employees – such as initially allowing your registered tax or BAS agent to report quarterly, rather than each time you run your payroll.
www.ato.gov.au/business/single-touch-payroll/in-detail/low-cost-single-touch-payroll-solutions
LEASES...…..with Bogie & Co
A lease is a contract by which one party (the landlord) conveys to another party (the tenant) land which can include buildings for a specified period in return for a rent. The arrangement allows an owner in many cases to derive an income from land and buildings without having to carry on a business. A lease can also be used by an owner to enable a related entity to carry on business on property but to avoid any creditors of the business claiming over the land and buildings. The terms of the lease are negotiable so that it is always wise for both a landlord and a tenant to employ legal and financial advisers to consider the various terms.  Many leases will include the following: –
 
• duration of the lease and right to renew or end the lease before it expires
• formula for calculating and reviewing the rent
• possibility of subletting the premises
• restrictions of the local town planning laws on types of services or goods that can be traded and trading hours
• landlord’s obligations to maintain any building 
• rights to end the lease or a temporary reduction of the rent and outgoings if the premises are damaged or destroyed
• limitations on the ability of the tenant to transfer or assign the lease and the expense involved
• responsibility to pay for rates and taxes and any other outgoings and repairs of any building during the lease
• costs of lease and which parties should pay those costs
• types of insurance required, who will pay for it and who obtains it
• restrictions on the removal of fixtures and fittings
• obligations to redecorate during the term and reinstate when the lease ends
• consequences of failing to pay rent or other breaches of the lease
• relocation of tenant
• demolition of any building
• payment of a security deposit
• terms of any personal guarantee and indemnity (which is commonly required for the directors of a corporate tenant)
 
A few matters should be considered before entering into a lease: -
 
1. Duration (term)
It is important for a tenant to ensure the duration of the proposed lease is long enough to be able to recoup the initial investment and to make a profit.  After the expiry of a lease, the landlord is under no obligation to renew that lease and the tenant will have to find alternative premises then to carry on business.  Frequently goodwill is attached to premises (customers visit the premises in many cases) and it is therefore important to protect the use of the premises.
 
2. Options
An option is a right to renew a lease at the discretion of the tenant.  Those tenants starting out in business may choose to have shorter option periods so that they can remove from the premises if business does not produce the planned outcome.  Alternatively, for a longer established business, longer options may be preferable.  This means, however, the tenant is bound by the term of the lease during the initial term or the option period unless released by the landlord in the event of termination of the lease.  
 
Individual leases have specific requirements on how options have to be exercised including the length of notice which has to be given by a tenant to the landlord.  Those requirements should be considered very carefully as failure to give the appropriate notice at the appropriate time can lead to loss of the option.
 
3. Rent and Rent Reviews
The amount of rent payable and the rent reviews are generally matters of negotiation.  It is important to ensure the correct starting rent is established and if there is any doubt, a valuer should be consulted.  Comparisons are also very useful. The most common types of rent review include:
 
• consumer price index (CPI)
• fixed percentage increase
• fixed amount
• market rent
 
It is common for rent at the commencement of each option period to be determined according to market and usually there is a detailed formula as to how this rent is calculated.  The intervening rent reviews are frequently based on the state of the economy and in many cases are simply a guess as to the best method of reviewing the rent for a landlord. 
Rents calculated as a percentage of turnover are occasionally also used by a landlord, but it is a question of whether a landlord has confidence in the tenant being able to reach a certain level of turnover or not.
 
4. Permitted Use
This should be wide enough to allow a tenant to develop the business into related areas.
 
This article is written with a view to providing both landlord and tenant a brief view of a typical lease.  Inevitably the interests of landlord and tenant will not coincide on all matters and therefore it is important to obtain independent legal and financial advice.

  
DISCLAIMER 
The information contained in this article is not advice and should not be treated as such. It is based on Queensland Law and where applicable Commonwealth Legislation. You must not rely on the information in this article as an alternative to legal and financial advice from a properly qualified professional. If you have any specific questions about any legal and/or financial matters, you should consult an appropriately qualified professional.
INVITE - SUGAR PRICING & GENERAL WORLD MARKET DISCUSSION - 31st MAY
CLASSIFIEDS & NOTICES
                              
CLASSIFIEDS & NOTICES
WE WANT YOU!!
The Proserpine office 'looking for work' board is running low and we have members searching for employees to help with the 2019 season. If you or someone you know is looking for work, please drop into the office any day between 8.30am to 5.00pm and we'll add your details to the job board.
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