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16 June       Annual Proserpine Show Grounds Working Bee: from 8am
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
25 June       BMP Smartcane workshop: Canegrowers Proserpine, 9am - 11am

16 July        BMP Smartcane workshop: Canegrowers Proserpine, 9am - 11am
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). Copies of the schedule have been posted and emailed to all members and additional copies of the schedule can be obtained by visiting the Canegrowers Proserpine office. Alternatively, please phone the office and we can email you a copy.
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!!!

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
Growers are advised that a new Notification for Burning of Sugar Cane was published in May 2019. This notification revokes previous notifications from 2004 and 2010. For your reference, a copy of the new notification and an information sheet can be accessed by clicking the links below. Growers can still apply for a Permit to Light Fire through the usual processes.
CLICK HERE for QFES Cane Burning Notification Fact Sheet
CLICK HERE to read 'Notification for Burning of Sugar Cane'
Chief Fire Wardens and Fire Wardens through the state have been briefed on the new Notification. Contact details for your local Fire Warden can be obtained from the RFS Fire Warden Finder web page:
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 11/6
  • Tues 25/6
  • Tues 16/7            
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 -

NEWLY sworn-in Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has spent her first week in her new job touring agricultural regions across the country. Along with Federal MP for Dawson George Christensen, Ms McKenzie met with CANEGROWERS Proserpine representatives before travelling to Bowen to meet with vegetable producers.


Some of the key issues discussed were market access, energy costs and more stringent biosecurity.


The agriculture minister said that every region she has travelled to in her week in the job produced different unique issues, but some of the issues that need to be addressed were the same across the country’s regions.


"Energy costs keep coming up no matter what industry I have talked to. It's a drain on irrigators and is stifling business growth.”


The tour was at the invitation of Mr Christensen, who believed it was important that the new minister understood the area and its unique challenges.


"This has given her a brief introduction to agriculture in the Dawson region, and an opportunity to meet leaders from the industry,” Mr Christensen said.


Proserpine growers took advantage of the wet weather on Tuesday 14 May to catch up with the latest results from the Myrtle Creek project. This project, Pathways to water quality improvement in the Myrtle Creek sub-catchment, is monitoring paddock-scale run-off water quality on four farm in the sub-catchment.

Funded by the Department of Environment and Science, each site compares a different management practice related to nutrient or herbicide management. Around 50 growers attended the meetings.

Proserpine based SRA Adoption Officer Molly O’Dea ran through the results from the 2018/2019 wet season. The results support previous research and demonstration results linking practices such as timing application to avoid run-off for at least the first 20 days after application and incorporation of herbicides and nutrients with irrigation, can assist in improving water quality. The project aims to allow growers to look at water quality at the farm scale, with the opportunity to compare different practices they are interested in. The meetings also gave growers the opportunity to meet Molly, who has recently joined SRA.

The project is also supported by Sugar Services Proserpine and Proserpine District Canegrowers Co-operative. For more information on the project, or to share your ideas for future sites please contact Molly by emailing mo’, on 0439 619 082, or catch her at the SSP office.


Thursday 30th May saw the most recent meeting of the CANEGROWERS Proserpine Board. The meeting covered a number of locally relevant issues and revealed optimism for the future as growers in the district are eager to jump on board with new projects and initiatives.

In attendance were members of Project Cane Changer, a CANEGROWERS initiative that aims to recognise growers for their history of practice change and environmental stewardship, and work with them to ensure an even brighter future for their industry.

The project has been operating in the Wet Tropics for the past two years and to date, has seen more than 260 growers commit to setting the record straight about the positive changes taking place on-farm. “We are excited to welcome the Cane Changer team to Proserpine and are looking forward to continuing the momentum seen in the Wet Tropics locally,” said CANEGROWERS Proserpine Manager, Michael Porter.
Cane Changer Project Member, Sam Moore, was pleased the project had the support of the local board.

“We’d like to thank the CANEGROWERS Proserpine board for having us, and for committing to leading the design and implementation of the project in their region.”

“We are very excited to have the board’s support and are looking forward to working closely with them as the project continues to roll-out over the coming months.” 

What is Project Cane Changer?
Project Cane Changer is a CANEGROWERS initiative designed to better understand the challenges faced by growers and recognise them for their on-going commitment to improving practices on their farms to protect their environment.

Cane Changer officially launched in February 2017 and has since been rolled out throughout Queensland’s Wet Tropics. To date, the project has implemented well over 250 workshops to support local growers and boost participation in industry programs such as Smartcane BMP.

In the coming months, the Cane Changer team will be meeting with members of the Proserpine cane growing community to co-design and tailor the project for the district with workshops and activities to be implemented from November onwards.

“We are looking forward to establishing the project here in Proserpine, getting a fresh perspective on our industry and showcasing the achievements of our growers,” said Mr Porter.

To find out more about the project, you can visit or can contact the CANEGROWERS Proserpine Office on
(07) 4945 1844.
The harvest best practise shed meeting held in late May was a great success, with many growers and contractors attending. We were pleased to welcome Chris Condon from Tully, who gave a talk about his farming operation and how he had made changes to his harvest system.

We were also pleased to have Tony Marino and Craig Muddle from Wilmar Sugar in attendance and some good discussion ensued about bin and harvester logistics.

In Proserpine, more trials are needed and will be held to validate the claims of improved cane recovery from harvesters. Sufficient interest was shown by all concerned to warrant more trials, followed by further discussion using Proserpine figures and data.

Since the Queensland Parliament’s committee reported on the Reef Bill at the end of April, CANEGROWERS has continued to be very active and vocal in opposing the provisions in the Bill and the regulations which will come in underneath it.

What’s happening with the Reef Bill and regulations?

Reef Bill – It is unlikely now that Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill will be considered by the Queensland Parliament before August giving us more time to apply pressure for revisions and amendments.
Reef regs – Meetings have continued between the Department of Environment and Science and industry over the regulations which are subordinate to the proposed amended legislation. DES intends to have the regulations finalised by the end of June including a changed standards for existing cane land and a standard for new cane land making it the first time this activity has been regulated.

What is CANEGROWERS doing?

Pressure – CANEGROWERS continues to pressure the State Government on the deficiencies and inequities in the Reef Bill. This includes seeking further meetings with the Premier and relevant ministers to re-state our concerns. CANEGROWERS is also having influence via the Queensland Farmers’ Federation specifically through the Agricultural Ministerial Advisory Council. Meetings are also being held with the LNP State Opposition, most recently through its agricultural advisory committee.
Participate – At every opportunity CANEGROWERS is pushing back on the proposed regulated standards for existing and new cane land. As well as increase the regulatory burden on growers with its associated worry and cost, these measures will be extremely resource-hungry for government and industry to both support growers to produce the required plans and to review these plans each year, and the compliance program will be even more complex and long-winded.
Petition – The online
#RejectTheRegs petition is at 1864 signatures. There is still time and room to grow this so please continue to promote it through your networks. The final numbers will be tallied when the parliamentary debate is scheduled.
Respond – CANEGROWERS is responding to grower concerns over the reef science on which government policy is based.  We will do this in relation to two questions:
  • What are the impacts of nutrients, chemicals and sediment in the Reef lagoon?
  • What are the impacts of farming practices on how much nutrients, chemicals and sediments leaks into waterways?
The strategy is not yet finalised, but it will aim to assess the reliability and relevance of the science to growers, based on the weight of evidence and the level of uncertainty.
Inform – CANEGROWERS has maintained a publicly available web page summarising the key points of our opposition to the Bill.
What the Reef Bill means for cane growers   includes links to more information and resources. This is being used as a resource to brief MPs and journalists.

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

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.
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:
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.
CONTRACTS   with Bogie & Co. Solicitors, Proserpine & Cannonvale
Whilst certain contracts require to be in writing e.g. for the sale of land, guarantees and various other matters, many contracts can be and are entered into verbally. A written contract, however, plays a vital role in any business transaction.  Apart from ensuring the agreement reached is legally binding, contracts also highlight important matters which the parties should consider.  
A few random observations on contracts may be of interest: –
• Disputes frequently arise with contracts and, if those contracts have not been committed to writing, it is sometimes difficult to establish what actually was agreed at the time the contract was entered into.  Parties can have a different understanding of certain terms of a contract or, in some cases, simply do not consider certain matters.  It is often left for a court to try to determine what the parties intended based on the evidence available. It is inevitably more costly to try to work out what was intended than it would have been to document the terms of the contract from the outset.
• Contract discussions can take place during sensitive business dealings between parties.  Although it may sound self-explanatory, a written contract gives each party the chance to read and have a clear understanding of the terms or conditions, including the expectations of each party as well as what terms they have agreed to after discussion.
• Another less obvious benefit of written contracts is that they provide the opportunity to agree on confidentiality and non-disclosure provisions protecting sensitive information.  As part of such a contract, the parties may agree to be legally bound to hold in secrecy the transactions involved and the information shared.  The party who violates this confidentiality provision would be held liable under the agreement.
• When a party to a contract breaches a written contract, there is a document which can be used to determine what the parties have agreed and to determine who really is at fault.  Having a readily available written contract reduces the chances of bringing the issue to litigation proceedings or delaying matters through litigation more than may be necessary.  This can therefore avoid cost and delay in achieving performance of the contract.
• Within written contracts, where personal performance is not required, terms can be included to allow for assignment (transfer) of contractual rights and obligations to a third party.  A written contract defines issues to be clearly considered on assignment and the terms to be included in any assignment documentation.
• A useful tool in many written contracts is a commercial device used where the party not in breach is appointed attorney for the other party.  This allows the innocent party, where there is a breach by the other party, then to exercise its remedies without further recourse to e.g. litigation.  A carefully worded power of attorney clause for example in a lease would allow a landlord to surrender the lease or transfer the lease to another party in the event of default by the tenant.
• Dispute resolution clauses can also prove very useful and can avoid expensive litigation.  A written contract should contain a carefully worded clause to cover such disputes and their resolution.
• One of the hardest things for any solicitor is to convince a client that, even when a contract does not have to be in writing, the safest method of proceeding is to document the agreement.  Parties involved in expensive contract dispute litigation frequently reflect on how little it would have cost from the outset to have documented matters.
As always, it is advisable that a party should consult its legal and financial advisers before entering into a contract, particularly a contract containing complexities or substantial financial consideration.
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.
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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