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CLICK HERE for printer friendly version of July's newsletter
16 July        BMP Smartcane workshop: Canegrowers Proserpine, 9am - 11am
22 July        SRA Proserpine Water Quality forum: Proserpine Community Centre (Gardenia St), 2pm - 4.30pm
30 July        BMP Smartcane workshop: Canegrowers Proserpine, 9am - 11am
CLICK HERE to view photos from this year's Show Cane Exhibit



Multiple populations of highly invasive pest, Yellow Crazy Ants (YCA) have been identified at Shute Harbour in May 2019. The Yellow Crazy Ant is listed as one of the world’s 100 most invasive species and is a restricted tramp ant under the Biosecurity Act 2014.


The colonies of YCA located in areas of Shute Harbour are estimated to have been present for up to 2 years and given the high amount of material, vessels and people that work/visit and transit through the Shute Harbour precinct, the risk of spreading YCA is high.


Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, all Queenslanders have a general biosecurity obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure that they do not spread YCA. We also require your assistance in reporting suspect ants to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service or Biosecurity Queensland.


The Yellow Crazy Ant can be described as having a yellow long body and very long legs and antennae. Its name comes from its erratic walking style and frantic movements, especially when disturbed. Yellow Crazy Ants can decimate natural environments, affect the horticulture industry, and cause skin and eye irritations. A detailed fact sheet is attached for further information regarding identification and habit.


Please action immediately a biosecurity inspection of your property and belongings. Ensure no pests, including ants and their eggs are hiding on your vessel, your aircraft or in your luggage, food, equipment or supplies before heading to an island. When on park, please keep an eye out for the Yellow Crazy Ant and if you discover something you suspect to be the pest, record the location, take steps to minimise the disturbance to the nest and take identifiable photos. Do not attempt to move or relocate the ant.


For further information please contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 07 49 625 205 or Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Click HERE for further information on Yellow Crazy Ants
As of 1st July 2019, Sugar Industry Award wage rates have increased. Please click the link below to view and print the updated wage rates. Alternatively, printed copies are available from the Proserpine office.
Click HERE for updated Sugar Industry Award wage rates
Tax Tables
At this stage, the ATO has not made any change to weekly, fortnightly or monthly tax tables. Should the tax tables be updated further into this financial year, copies of the updated tables will be included in our newsletter. Printed copies will also be made available from the Proserpine office.

Yellow wages books
As some members are aware, our stocks of carbon-copy wages books was depleted at the beginning of this year. We unfortunately regret to advise that due to greatly increased printing costs, these books will no longer be available. For members seeking a formatted document to follow, a template has been created and can be accessed by clicking the link below.
Click HERE for time sheet template
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging the state’s cane growers and sugar mills to familiarise themselves with new cane burning conditions ahead of the 2019 crushing season. QFES Rural Fire Service (RFS) Superintendent James Haig said the new Cane Burning Notification was now in force to reduce the risks associated with cane burning. “The Cane Burning Notification replaces previous versions released in 2004 and 2010 and sets out minimum conditions for the burning of sugar cane,” Mr Haig said. 

“The Notification gives cane growers the power to lawfully burn sugar cane as long as they meet a series of requirements, including where the burn will be located, how it will be conducted and what equipment will be used.

“Cane growers need to read the Notification to see if it applies to them before they decide to burn.”

Mr Haig said the Notification was one of two mechanisms available to cane growers to burn sugar cane. “Cane burning must be authorised either through a Permit to Light Fire or the Notification,” he said. “Cane growers must apply to their local RFS fire warden for a permit if they cannot meet the conditions of the Notification or if they believe they will be unable to meet the conditions. Any cane grower can apply for a permit, even if they do meet all of the conditions laid out in the Notification".

Mr Haig said local fire wardens were ready and willing to help cane growers understand their obligations. “Growers should contact their local wardens if they have any questions about the Notification or how to obtain a permit,” he said. 

“A permit sets conditions on how the burn will be conducted and the specific area to be burnt. Wardens will work closely with growers to set these conditions to ensure burns are conducted safely. I encourage all cane growers to learn more about the Notification by visiting the RFS website or by contacting their local cane grower organisation.”

Mr Haig said QFES collaborated with representatives from the sugar industry during the development of the Notification. “QFES worked closely with key stakeholders, including all of the grower organisations, to ensure the Notification met the needs of industry while balancing the requirement for burns to be carried out safely,” he said.

CANEGROWERS CEO Dan Galligan has thanked QFES for working with industry. “As Queensland’s peak body for sugar cane growers we thank the QFES for working proactively and collaboratively with us and other key grower organisations on this important issue,” Mr Galligan said.

“While most growers now harvest their cane green and leave the leaf matter on the ground, burning remains an important management option for some districts and special circumstances. It is critical that growers are able to burn legally and safely when it’s needed. It is now clear when burning can take place under the Notification and when a permit is required.”

More information on the Cane Burning Notification and how to obtain a Notification or Permit to Light Fire can be found here:
CLICK HERE for cane burning compliance check list
CLICK HERE for QFES Cane Burning Notification Fact Sheet
CLICK HERE for QFES Road & Land Parcel Mapping Fact Sheet
CLICK HERE to access RFS Fire Warden Finder web page
SSP will be hosting short BMP registration and self-assessment workshops on a fortnightly basis over the coming months.  These workshops are obligation free (BMP is voluntary) and will help guide growers through their BMP self-assessment and provide information to those interested in continuing toward accreditation. We expect to cover the Soil Health and Nutrient Management module and expectations of records required both for legislation and for BMP.

Who should attend:
  • those interested in learning more about the process
  • those wishing to complete a self-assessment of farming practices
  • those who have previously registered but have not had contact with BMP for some time, whether self-assessed or not. Cane management BMPs, like BMP programs for other industries are a continual improvement process and as such, Smartcane attempts to follow these changes. Accredited growers need not attend.
  • Someone (or more than one) from your farming business: the tractor driver, the record keeper, the family bookkeeper, the Minister…
When:   9 am start (expect finish by 11)
  • Tues 16/7            
  • Tues 30/7
Where: Canegrowers Boardroom

What to bring:
  • Farm maps
  • ABNs for the business for your farm/s
  • Lotplan numbers for your farm/s (e.g. listed on rate notice)
Morning tea will be provided
For more information or to register, contact Christine Peterson on 4945 0516 or email:
CLICK HERE to RSVP to Christine Peterson -
SSP has a new website!

Please check it out and let us know what you think – good or bad.
The website is still a work in progress and we will continue to add content which is relevant to you.
You can find the website at:
Karen Vloedmans has joined the QSL team as Proserpine’s Grower Relationship Officer.
Karen will be a familiar face for many growers, having lived in the district for 17 years and worked with a range of local boards, including the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Whitsundays and the Community Bank.
In her new role, she’ll man QSL’s Proserpine office 5 days a week from 9am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, using her previous experience in marketing and management, together with her passion for rural and regional Australia, to support local QSL growers.
Karen admits she has an absolute desire to see the community of Proserpine and the greater Whitsunday region prosper and thrive, and believes QSL offers a unique opportunity to do just that.
“It's fantastic that Proserpine cane growers have access to their very own not-for-profit marketing company that not only provides services at cost, but is such an established and respected player on the global sugar market," she said.

"There are many ways the average grower can benefit from QSL's products and services, so I'm really looking forward to working with farming families to help them make the most of this tremendous industry asset."
To contact Karen, call 0429 804 876 or drop into the QSL office at 88 Main Street, Proserpine.
Announce Allocation - 2019-2020 Water Year Proserpine River Water Supply Scheme (WSS)

The initial Announced Allocation for Proserpine River WSS has been calculated for the 2019-2020 water year under the rules defined by the Whitsunday Resource Operations Plan and will be applicable until 30 June 2020.

High A Priority 100%
Medium A1 Priority 100%
Medium A2 Priority 90%
Medium A3 Priority 75%

Effective Date: 01.07.2019

Current level of Peter Faust Dam: 83.094mAHD (389,861ML).

The Operational Report is available at the following link

To check your estimated available water balance log into Sunwater Online

Sunwater Online is a customer portal that allows you access to your Water Account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To register for online access, simply contact our Customer Support Team on 13 15 89, and they will guide you through the registration process.

Should you have any enquires regarding this advice please contact 13 15 89.

Sugar Research Australia are holding a Proserpine Local Water Quality Forum on Monday 22nd July from 2pm to 4.30pm.


                           This is your chance to have your water quality questions answered!

The forum will give an update on local water quality monitoring, the latest waterway health report card, the council quarry and waste water treatment plant, electrofishing results and the Myrtle Creek project. The forum will be followed by afternoon tea, giving you a chance to chat with the presenters and other attendees about your water quality questions, problems, solutions and successes. For more info please see Molly in the SSP office or 0439 619 082   . 

Two new varieties of sugarcane have been approved for growers and millers in the Central Region. These varieties are named SRA21 and SRA22 and are the result of extensive development through the SRA plant breeding program and more than a decade of development.

SRA Leader for Crossing and Selection, Dr George Piperidis, said that these varieties had been developed to maximise profitability for sugarcane growers and millers by optimising characteristics such as tonnes of cane, sugar content, resistance to diseases, and ability to be processed within the mill.

“SRA21 will be distributed to growers in 2019, and SRA22 in 2020.  Both varieties are also available for ordering through tissue culture,” Dr Piperidis said.

“In trials, SRA21 had equal tonnes of cane per hectare (TCH) and commercial cane sugar (CCS) compared to the average of the commercial standards, while SRA22 had higher TCH and CCS than the standards.

“SRA22 has good resistance to Pachymetra root rot and sugarcane smut, while SRA21 has good resistance to smut and is resistant-intermediate to Pachymetra. Both SRA21 and SRA22 have acceptable milling characteristics.”

The Central Region encompasses Mackay, Sarina and Proserpine. Dr Piperidis said that the varieties were recently approved for release by the Central Regional Variety Committee (RVC), which consists of representatives of growers, millers and productivity services organisations.

“The RVC makes the decision on potential new varieties in the final stages of the breeding pipeline and, most importantly, whether a variety is released to be grown commercially in the field,” Dr Piperidis said.

Cane grower Mr Frank Perna is Chair of the local RVC and he said that from early data the varieties looked promising, with both SRA21 and SRA22 having good productivity traits. “In the Central Region, as well as productivity characteristics, we need our varieties to be resistant to Pachymetra, which is the case for these varieties. So we look forward to them making their way through to commercial production, where we can assess how they perform,” Mr Perna said.

More information on these varieties will be published in the SRA 2019/20 Variety Guide for the Central region, which will soon be available for growers and millers.
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PARTNERSHIPS   with Bogie & Co. Solicitors, Proserpine & Cannonvale
A partnership is when two or more people operate a business as co-owners and share income.  All partners act on behalf of each other in the business.  Like the sole trader structure, a partnership entity is not separate from its operators.
• Partnerships are easier and less expensive than companies to set up.
• Partners may carry on business under the trading (business) name.
• Partnerships combine the resources and expertise of a number of people.
• Partnerships are simpler to administer.  Profits and losses are shared between partners according to his/her share (as specified in the “partnership agreement”).
• Unlike companies, partnerships do not have to disclose their profits to the public (i.e. greater privacy.)
• Changing the legal structure is relatively simple (i.e. changing from a partnership into a company at a later stage.)
• All partners together are personally responsible for business debts.  Each partner is individually liable for debts incurred by the other partners.  This is known as joint and several liability i.e. unlimited liability.
• All partners have a right to participate in the management of the partnership (unless otherwise agreed.)
• Tax is charged at the personal rate.  As business earnings increase, so does the tax rate.
• Partners cannot transfer their ownership to someone outside the partnership unless the other partner(s) agree.
• Personal differences may interfere with business.
It is advisable to have a written partnership agreement. Partnership agreements deal with many matters, but particularly important areas relate to: –
1. Business decisions;
2. Change of circumstances e.g. death, insanity or bankruptcy;
3. Asset protection;
4. Sale of the share in the partnership by a proposed outgoing partner; and
5. Disputes.
Dealing with the matters individually: –
1. Some consideration should be in given as to how the decisions are made i.e. whether this has to be unanimously or by majority in the case of a bigger partnership.  Properly drafted provisions allow the partnership to move forward without causing undue disruption; 
2. A change of circumstances may trigger an event where the remaining partners (assuming there is more than one person remaining) wish to carry on the business without a dissolution taking place.  A formula to pay out an outgoing partner (or an outgoing partner’s representative) is essential.  A well drafted document can allow the remaining partners some time to do this.  Cross partnership life insurance can also provide some level of security in the event of the death of one partner.
In addition, the way the title to any real property is taken is important in the event of death of one partner.  For this reason, a joint tenancy would be advisable with  an obligation in the partnership agreement to pay out the deceased partner’s estate at a predetermined figure and over an agreed period;
3. It is not unusual for partners simply to lease real property from the property owning partners.  This provides a means of asset protection.  A well constructed lease is also worth considering
4. There are some very clever formulas which allow an outgoing partner to make an offer to the remaining partners to sell is his or her share in the partnership, but placing obligations on the remaining partners if they do not purchase that share; and
5. Disputes can cause untold damage to a partnership with time expended, inability of the partnership to move forward and of course cost.  A well drafted dispute resolution clause can save a great deal in the long run.

The partnership agreement deals with a great many other matters including partnership shares, financial contributions, loans by the partners and duration of the partnership.
It is always a good idea for prospective partners to draft a detailed business plan.  The terms of that plan can also guide the partnership agreement.
It goes without saying, but should always be pointed out that accounting advice should be obtained. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of the partnership structure versus a corporate structure or a corporate trustee structure should be considered with both a legal adviser and an accountant.

A practical word of advice is that for husband-and-wife partnerships or family partnerships, you should decide how the partners will work with each other and the consequences of any disagreement. For partnerships involving non-family members, it is always a good idea to get to know your partner(s) before entering into the partnership.
Now is therefore a good time to consider the way forward with your legal adviser and accountant.
This article contains information about partnerships.  The information is not advice and should not be treated as such.  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.

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