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With more-and-more vital services moving towards digital access, farms and agricultural businesses increasingly require the best possible, reliable internet connection.

Often one service is not enough, with connectivity required at multiple buildings on one property. Activ8me are experts in regional internet services, especially in ensuring farms have adequate connections to meet their needs.

The Australian-based team at Activ8me can add additional buildings to the nbn Service Registry in Wireless and Satellite areas, allowing for free installations of additional services on a single property (with a limit of one service per building).

Adding multiple services on each property means sheds, dongas, out-buildings, and worker accommodations can access different internet services, paid for by themselves or as part of one business account. Each service includes free standard installation and no cost for the nbn equipment.

Regional Fibre, Satellite and Wireless

Activ8me offers a wide selection of internet connections, depending on what nbn technology type is available in your area. Many Aussies don’t realise that the nbn is available where they live; with free installation and nbn equipment, even in the most isolated parts of the country.

No matter where your farm is, Activ8me has an internet service for you.

With free standard installation and no cost for the nbn hardware, there are no hefty charges to get multiple internet services installed by a qualified technician.

No matter how remote your location, qualified technicians are available to come to you.

Introducing Uncapped Video Streaming on Satellite before 4pm

Exciting changes to Activ8me’s Sky Muster PLUS plans finally offer satellite users uncapped access to ALL online activities until 4pm each day.

While nbn may shape traffic to slow speeds where required to ensure fair access to the network for all services, for the first time on satellite, users can access video streaming services (like Netflix, ABC iView and Kayo) as much as they want before 4pm without running out of data.

These changes make a HUGE difference to how much data services can use each month, in addition making schooling-from-home and running a farming business much more affordable.

While great for video streaming services, these changes also significantly impact business tools and IoT devices, which are becoming more prevalent in the agricultural industry.

Farms can now access remote monitoring devices, including video feeds from cameras or cloud-based platforms, each day until 4pm without potentially using up their monthly data allowance.

With many IoT tools operating through in-app VPN networks, farmers can use these services daily until 4pm without using their monthly data allowance.

The only activities that count towards the monthly data allowance are Video Streaming and VPN use from 4pm until Midnight (local time).

All Activ8me Sky Muster PLUS services automatically had these changes applied from 1 July 2022.

Sky Muster PLUS plans start from $49.95 per month, with no joining fees and on month-to-month contracts.

Changing over to Sky Muster PLUS from another provider is a simple and easy process, whether you’re on a standard Sky Muster plan or already on Sky Muster PLUS.

For full details on the new Sky Muster PLUS, visit Activ8me’s Sky Muster PLUS page or to see what services are available on your property.

Alternatively, call our Aussie-based team on 13 22 88 and let our team do the hard work for you.

Article kindly supplied by Activ8me.

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Aluminium phosphide is a fumigant used to destroy pests in food storage areas. It is typically available as tablets, granules, dust or powder.

Dangers of aluminium phosphide

Aluminium phosphide has the potential to cause harm, even at low concentrations. Exposure to air or moisture generates phosphine gas, which is highly toxic.

Extreme care must be taken when handling and storing aluminium phosphide since even low exposure to this gas can adversely affect a person’s health and wellbeing. You can be severely or fatally poisoned from exposure to phosphine gas, especially within an enclosed space, such as the cabin of a vehicle.

Safety tips for transporting aluminium phosphide

Never transport aluminium phosphide in the same cabin space as people, animals or foodstuffs.

This fumigant should be transported on the back of a ute or truck or in a trailer, with the items well secured, and in an adequately ventilated container that is protected from the rain.

Filling elevated fuel tanks

Fill point connections must be installed and located either at ground level or from a compliant gantry and with minimal transfer hose length to ensure risks are minimised.

Pipework connecting an elevated tank to the fill point must be suitably engineered to prevent spills and leaks and have a sealed connection point, anti-syphoning system and a dry-break connection (or similar).

To eliminate associated risks you should have a readily accessible hose connection point with suitable spill containment at ground level.

Fill connection with manifold for filling multiple tanks

Tanks that are filled from a common fill point or have pipework for transfer in common must have an effective and reliable system in place that ensures no tank can exceed its safe fill level; and includes a completely separate system to prevent overfilling.

If a manually operated tank filling system is used then ensure individual tanks are filled sequentially by a suitably trained person using appropriate signage and procedures.


National Transport Commission Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

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Regular safety checks lower the risk of workplace injuries by identifying any hazards to plant or machinery that may have developed.

Maintenance should be conducted as per the original equipment manufacturer’s instructions, using the specified parts and additives. If this information is not readily available, then a mechanic or other competent person should be consulted.
Plant and machinery pre-start inspections must be conducted regularly to ensure worker safety. For example, daily pre-start inspections should cover areas such as:

  • safety features (seat belt, warning beacons, horn etc.)
  • communications
  • visible leaks
  • lights
  • wheels/tyres
  • glass
  • bodywork
  • brakes and clutch
  • guarding (of belt, chain and power take-off (PTO) drives etc.)

Pre-start checks should be conducted by a competent person, such as a mechanic or a person who is qualified to operate the plant or machine.

Where any modification or addition to the plant or machinery has been made,a competent person should conduct a risk assessment to determine if these changes have created any additional hazards to the operation. For example, has the modification or addition:

  • made the plant or machine unstable
  • placed the operator at risk of injury
  • exceeded the weight carrying capacity of the plant or machine
  • created pinch, crush or entanglement points for persons in the vicinity.

If there are any risks identified through this assessment, steps should be taken to reduce the risks wherever possible. This may include:

  • using another form of plant or machinery
  • having the plant or machinery assessed by a competent person, such as an engineer/designer
  • ensuring that guarding is in place where a person may come into contact with moving parts
  • creating additional instructions for the operating manual.

There are many hazards that can arise from using plant or machinery on a farm. Every job that involves working with this equipment should be reviewed to ensure potential hazards are identified and risk mitigation procedures implemented.

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What is the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS)?

The Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) comes into effect between 1 October and the last day of February each year to assist the grain industry with managing the difficulties experienced when loading grain in a paddock. While this is not a concessional loading scheme, with Transport Operators expected to load to statutory mass limits, Main Roads acknowledges that there are limited weighing facilities in

paddocks and variations in grain densities.

As such, the HMMS allows a vehicle to exceed a statutory mass requirement by up to 10 per cent, to a maximum of 10 tonnes on the gross mass, subject to the conditions specified in the HMMS Business Rules. Once delivered and weighed at the Grain Receiver, the loads should be adjusted accordingly for the next delivery, which eliminates overloading and works toward achieving fully compliant loading practices for the remainder of the harvest season.

How to participate in the Scheme

To participate in the HMMS, Transport Operators are required to register with each participating Grain Receiver that they deliver to during the harvest period. This must be completed prior to any load being accepted by that Grain Receiver. An application to register a vehicle for use under the HMMS can be obtained and submitted directly to the participating Grain Receiver where deliveries will be made. A written agreement must also be signed stating that the transport operator will abide by the HMMS Business Rules and any additional rules the participating Grain Receiver may have in place to ensure they meet their obligations under the scheme.

What roads can I access?

Transport Operators and farmers operating in the scheme need to ensure the roads they intend to use are approved for the particular RAV combination being used. Road ratings and approvals are available on the Main Roads RAV Mapping Tool at

If additional roads are required, the Transport Operator or farmer can apply for a road to be added to the relevant RAV network via the standard RAV route assessment application process. For further information on this, or to obtain an application form, visit the Access Requirements in WA page on the Main Roads website.

It should be noted however, that a Transport Operator cannot participate in the HMMS if they are operating under the Accredited Mass Management Scheme (AMMS) and their loading controls are relevant to the loading site they are transporting grain from.

Further Information

The HMMS Business Rules define the requirements which apply to each party involved in the scheme and can be found on the Harvest Mass Management Scheme page on the Main Roads website.

For more information please call Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services Helpdesk on 138 486 or visit www.

Movement of Oversize and Overmass Agricultural Vehicles

In recent years, Main Roads has worked closely with agricultural industry representatives to simplify and streamline the requirements relating to moving oversize and overmass agricultural vehicles on the public road network.

The development of the Agricultural Machine Order allows oversize and overmass agricultural machines to be moved on the public road network without a permit, subject to a list of restricted bridges. The Agricultural Combinations Order allows oversize and overmass agricultural combinations to be moved on the public road network without a permit, provided they do not cross any bridges. If a bridge needs to be crossed, the operator simply needs to obtain a bridge crossing permit.

It’s important you know the legal requirements, such as if you need to apply for a permit or are you covered by the extensive Main Roads Orders, and whether a pilot vehicle is needed to accompany the agricultural vehicle.

Further Information

To find out more download our handy print friendly quick links postcard from the Agricultural Vehicles page on our website at

Agriculturally Focussed #BiggerThanYou Campaign

Off the back of the success of its award winning #BiggerThanYou campaign, Main Roads hit the market again in the second half of 2021, this time focussing on what road users should do when approaching large, slow moving agricultural vehicles.

Feedback from industry and local farmers is, quite simply, that there are too many near misses due to driver inattention or frustration, or road users not driving to the conditions.

The agriculturally focussed campaign was released just prior to last year’s record harvest season, to coincide with the busy Summer tourist season, and included television and radio commercials, roadside billboards on key driving routes out of Perth, social media posts,

bumper stickers and an insert in Farm Weekly. Throughout December and January it also featured on more than 100 bus backs and sides across the Perth Metropolitan area.

Filmed on a local road in York last year, the television commercial provides a timely reminder to slow down, be patient and stay safe.

With further support from the transport and agricultural industries, Main Roads hopes to continue the heavy vehicle awareness campaign, winner of the 2021 WA Rural Media Award for Best Communications Campaign, to further educate road users on how to drive safely and interact with heavy vehicles on West Australian roads.

To find out more, or to download our campaign materials, visit

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Her life in my hands – the Robyn Neilson story is a poignant reminder of the importance of preparing for a workplace emergency. The film explores the impact a traumatic event can have on workers and first responders. It highlights the need for workplaces to always have well-designed, guarded and properly maintained equipment and first aid supplies readily available.

Released by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), the film tells of Robyn’s heroic actions when she found her neighbour with life-threatening injuries after her arms had caught in a post-hole digger.

Robyn, a trained nurse, responded quickly and effectively and in the two hours before the Royal Flying Doctor Service could get to the isolated Central Queensland property, she single-handedly kept her critically injured neighbour alive.

Robyn talks about the importance of having safe work procedures in place including an emergency plan and first aid equipment ready. Her story covers the importance of safety around machinery on farms, the need to ensure it is properly guarded, and only using well-designed, correct equipment for the task.

Robyn’s story also explores her experience with post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident and highlights the importance of seeking support – or encouraging your workers to seek support – when it’s needed.

As a WHSQ Safety Advocate, Robyn joins a team of otherwise ordinary Queenslanders whose lives have been dramatically impacted by a work injury, or who have lost loved ones to work injury or disease. Her message to employers and workers is very clear – you must be prepared for a serious injury to happen, and you must ensure safety is top of everyone’s mind on your property.

Robyn said while workplaces might manage safety well, isolated or potentially dangerous jobs required extra considerations – being prepared for the worst to happen.

“Like every workplace, it’s important to follow basic safety rules like using the right machinery correctly, properly training workers, and having an evacuation plan in place. But if you are on a farm or in an isolated location, you must go that next step and be ready for if things do go wrong,” Robyn said.

“Ensure all your workers have a current first aid certificate – and get chance to practice the basics, otherwise they’ll freeze up if it actually happens.

“Everyone on your property must know the exact location – the coordinates of the nearest airstrip that’s big enough for an RFDS plane to land on.
“Likewise, they must know where the closest medical outpost and road transport emergency service are.

“And don’t overlook the simple things which can cause huge delays – leaving gates unlocked and accessible for emergency services, making sure your property is signposted and numbered, and keeping landing strips in good condition.”

Queensland businesses can request a free visit from Robyn to talk to their workers about the importance of preventing workplace injuries, but also of preparing for the worst.

Robyn shares how exposure to traumatic workplace incidents can affect the mental health of your colleagues, first responders, and their families, and the importance of seeking support.

WHSQ’s Safety Advocates have all experienced first-hand the impact that a work-related injury or death has on a worker, their family, friends and colleagues. They share their personal stories to compel workers and employers to think about their most important reason for workplace safety.
An advocate can attend your event – whether it’s your annual staff barbecue or a regular workplace safety meeting – to speak to workers, supervisors and managers about the importance of safety in the workplace.

Head to to view Robyn Neilson’s story and learn why preparedness is absolutely vital. WHSQ encourages you to share this powerful film with your colleagues, customers, friends and family to remind them to keep safety top of mind.

For more information visit or call 1300 362 128.

Personal experiences bolster safety message

Garry Nichols is also a WHSQ Safety Advocate. Garry was an experienced farmer when he lost his leg because of a tractor rollover. He suffered traumatic injuries when his tractor hit a hidden rock, rolled and crushed his lower body.
He also lost his farm because of the financial hardship that followed.

“A small lapse in concentration and you could end up seriously injured—or worse. In my case it was a tractor. You may be driving home or walking across the road. A split second is all it takes.”

Between a rock and a hard place – Garry’s story shows how a moment of complacency in the workplace can lead to severe physical, emotional and financial problems.

Too fast too soon – Domenic’s story

Jodie and Mario Cocco joined WHSQ’s Safety Advocate program because their son Domenic suffered life-threatening injuries after crashing his quad bike into a power pole. Domenic was just seven years old, was not wearing a helmet and had not had any formal training.

“Before riding a quad bike, make sure you, your workers and your family have had formal training, wear a helmet, use the right sized quad bike and never ride double,” Jodie said.

Too fast, too soon – Domenic’s story shares the impact of the split second decision to allow Domenic to ride a quad bike without a helmet. Domenic is now a traumatic brain injury survivor.

WHSQ SAFETY ADVOCATES: Michael Garrels, Jed Millen, Robyn Neilson, Garry Nichols, Bill Martin, Gavan McGuane, Mario and Jodie Cocco, Deb and Dan Kennedy, Julie and Don Sager.

For more information visit

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Driving a vehicle, tractor or other heavy machinery while fatigued can be as dangerous as drink-driving.

The pressures of seasonal activity can mean you don’t always get enough sleep.

Sometimes working very long hours with no time to unwind can worsen fatigue by causing broken sleep. Fatigue can also be caused by prolonged mental or physical activity, stress or some medical conditions.

Fatigue can impact a worker’s reflexes, concentration, decision-making and judgement, all of which can increase the likelihood of an incident occurring.

On top of this, agricultural work is often performed in remote and isolated locations. Where workers are fatigued and isolated from the assistance of others, the consequences can be severe.

Effective systems of communication must be in place to ensure workers are regularly checked for their welfare, or able to seek help where required.

Employers have a legal duty to identify hazards and manage work health and safety risks – including hazards and risks associated with fatigue. Workers also have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others. This means workers need to take reasonable care to get adequate sleep, stay hydrated and notify their workplace if they are feeling fatigued.

For further information about fatigue and how to manage the risks associated visit

For information about SafeWork SA’s free work health and safety advisory service, call 1300 365 255 or visit

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Electricity-related deaths and accidents involving powerlines are preventable. Sadly, Energy Safe Victoria has seen over 200 serious incidents with high voltage powerlines since 2017, including 3 fatalities on farms.


As the state’s independent energy regulator, ESV provides tips and procedures for safe working conditions outdoors and avoid hazards which cause injury or death by electrocution.

Be aware of what is above you if your work involves:

  • Using tall machinery, such as cranes or augers
  • Driving high vehicles
  • Raising the tipper tray of trucks
  • Raising equipment such as irrigation pipes overhead
  • Climbing on top of machinery or storage silos

Powerlines are an integral part of our outdoor landscape, which makes them easy to forget. With the sun in your eyes, trees in your line of vision or if you are watching something else, you may not see how close you are to powerlines. Remember, trucks and machinery don’t have to make contact with the powerlines for injury or electrocution to occur – electricity can jump gaps.

Trucks and powerlines on farms

  • Everyone involved in the delivery of materials has a duty of care to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Electrocutions caused by trucks hitting powerlines on rural properties are on the increase in Victoria. Everyone involved in the delivery of bulk materials to farms is at risk.
  • Safety tips to reduce risk
  • Identify – Identify all areas where powerlines cross properties
  • Hazard map – Identify all electrical hazards before starting work – if in any doubt contact the local electricity distribution company
  • Move – Relocate bulk delivery storage sites to a safe area away from powerlines
  • Safe delivery – Suppliers of bulk materials must ascertain, when taking orders, the delivery point on the farm for the load, the proximity of powerlines and what safety precautions are in place should there be powerlines in the vicinity
  • Don’t park underneath – Never raise the tray of tipper trucks when underneath powerlines
  • Driver safety – Drivers should refuse to deliver loads if their safety is compromised in any way
  • Spot the hazard – Ensure an ESV registered spotter is on hand when working near overhead powerlines
  • Display LOOK UP AND LIVE stickers on any machinery or equipment which is raised overhead
  • Monitor weather conditions closely – powerlines can sag in extreme heat and sway in strong winds
  • Powerlines are more difficult to see at dawn and dusk
  • Remember that electricity can jump gaps
  • Only tip material near powerlines as a last resort when there is no other location

No Go Zones

  • Observe No Go Zones which prescribe a safe working distance from powerlines.
  • Remember, if you are not sure about the location of powerlines, check with your electricity distribution business. A list is on the ESV website.

No Go Zone: farm safety

One of the most significant issues regarding No Go Zones concerns rural and regional properties, especially farms. ESV all too often sees incidents where power lines come into contact with truck tippers (often farm deliveries such as feed or fertaliser), irrigators and other large plant equipment.

In these particular circumstances, the landowner (such as farmers) need to take the following precautions and make the information known to those working on the property:

  • identify all powerlines on site and at site entrance or exit points,
  • installlinemarkers,andwarningsigns(gatesigns)or other visual indicators on each side of the powerline to warn operators and drivers,
  • ensure designated travel paths, including loading and unloading areas are well away from powerlines.


  • be aware that powerlines are more difficult to see at dawn and dusk
  • Monitor weather conditions closely – powerlines can sag in extreme heat and sway in strong winds.
  • Be aware of spotter requirements for overhead works

No Go Zone: scaffolding rules

When using scaffolding near powerlines:


  • ESV produces a range of merchandise including No Go Zone stickers for heavy machinery such as trucks, and warning signs for large properties that have powerlines crossing them.
  • For more information go to or follow us on Facebook.

Fallen or sagging powerlines

  • If you see fallen and sagging wires do not go near them. Notify the local electricity distribution company or emergency services (police or SES) and stand guard until they arrive.

Recreation activities near powerlines

  • Recreation activities, such as sailing, flying a kite or model plane or climbing trees can also be a hazard around powerlines.
  • Do not fly kites or model aeroplanes anywhere near overhead powerlines.

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According to National Geographic, 80% of the world’s fresh water is used for irrigation, and 60% of that water is wasted through evaporation, leaky channels and mismanagement. Therefore successful irrigation design is essential to know how much water should be applied to crops and how frequently.

The design of the system needs to effectively deal with soil and crop types, field size, shape and water supply, the system must be capable of delivering sufficient water during times of peak crop demand.

Planning an irrigation system for a new area requires some knowledge of soil types and the soil water reservoir. The soil is a reservoir of the water used by plants. Once it has been filled to capacity by irrigation or rainfall, the reservoir gradually becomes depleted by transpiration and evaporation, or evapotranspiration (ET). When the soil moisture reaches a predetermined minimum level (refill level), below this point the plant will wilt, irrigation should be applied in order to restore the soil moisture level to field capacity.

Irrigation scheduling is a system of working out when and how much water to apply to meet the quality and yield objectives. When to irrigate depends on the time it takes for the plant to use up the ready available water in the soil. How much irrigation to apply should not exceed the amount of water which is held in the wetted rootzone.

Scheduling can be based on soil moisture sensor’s which is a very effective method to estimate when to irrigate. A second method of scheduling is based on an indirect measurement of plant water use from meteorological data, the irrigation run times used by the plant since the previous irrigation event, water use is calculated from either evaporation or evaportranspiration (ET).

Successful irrigation requires not only efficient design but also proper scheduling. The latter is dependent to a large degree on the ability of the farmer to carry out irrigation events properly. Nowadays there are many control systems available ranging from irrigation management and soil moisture systems to a manually controlled operation.

There are many types of irrigation systems available ranging from Centre Pivot, Lateral Move, Boom Irrigator, Hard and Soft hose irrigators, K Line, Bike Shift, Fixed Sprinklers, Conventional Drip, Sub Surface and Flood. Prior to making a decision to purchase and irrigation system there are many factors you should consider. This is dependent upon your goals, farm size, area under irrigation, current system, pasture type, soil type, past problems, evaporation peak, water license mega litres, water supply (Dam/Bore/River/ Town), water quality and energy source.

An automated irrigation system is highly effective as it can deliver water when required and on time. Having a wireless solution means you have total control from your mobile phone or computer. You can ensure water use efficiency to reduce labour costs and improve the sustainability of your farm, vineyard or orchard.

At the end of the day, whatever system you choose for your project, it is important that you get a system designed and specified to perform and operate effectively.

Article kindly provided by Wrightcom Australia.

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Whether it’s delivering the world’s first Regenerative Agriculture degree, working with farmers on agroforestry projects or aquaculture breeding programs, Southern Cross University collaborates with communities and industry to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Drawing on Southern Cross University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry and socio- ecological systems, our courses delve into the emerging practices of, and growing evidence-base for regenerative agriculture, examining human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agricultural strategies and soil management. Our students develop the capacity to produce regenerative strategies for farms and across landscapes.

Dr Hanabeth Luke, course coordinator for the Regenerative Agriculture course said “What’s really exciting about regenerative agriculture is all the different types of people from different areas and farming systems coming together for australian farming.

“That includes full-time farmers, hobby farmers and a third have no farming background but are wanting to get involved and make a difference. Students are inspired by the different practitioners throughout the program who share their regenerative practices across a range of industries to understand and see how it is working across Australia and internationally” said Ms Luke.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate regenerative agriculture degrees are designed for those wanting to be part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability. With opportunities to attend on-farm practical sessions and field-based residentials, our students continue to build a portfolio of knowledge and skills.

Founder of Southern Cross University’s Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA) and Southern Cross Strategic Projects Director Lorraine Gordon said there was high demand from farmers seeking this kind of qualification.

“In its first year, the Bachelor of Science with a major in Regenerative Agriculture became the most popular agriculture degree in the country,” said Ms Gordon.

“This is part of a huge movement that demands we think the way we produce food and how we look after the very source that provides such food – our landscapes, our soils. We need a change in paradigm, a new narrative, and to recognise the role we play in ecological health” said Ms Gordon.

The Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture is designed for students from multi-disciplinary, science, agriculture and business backgrounds. The Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in Regenerative Agriculture provides a broader foundation and wider choice of unit selection. Students can now apply for Commonwealth Supported Program (CSP) funding for both programs.

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The Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) service plays a significant part in farm safety. DBYD is a free national service designed to prevent damage and disruption to Australia’s underground pipe and cable networks. If you plan to do any work on your property that involves digging, such as fencing, planting, constructing a dam or shed, or even burying livestock, you must use DBYD.

Being a farmer, you may know that enquiries are easy to lodge online at au. The recent launch of the Next Gen DBYD service has made lodging an enquiry even easier. The new service offers improved useability and extra functionality that all will appreciate. There is better and more up to date mapping, estimated wait times for plans are provided, there is dashboard functionality for all and easy access to previous enquiries. And this list doesn’t include all the new features!

The launch of Next Gen also sees the release of new DBYD iPhone and Android apps that make it simple to lodge enquiries on the go.

But safe excavation is not just about getting the plans!

Once you have lodged your enquiry with DBYD and have received the plans, you need to work safely once on site. To ensure safe excavation when digging on your property, please follow the 5Ps of safe excavation.

The 5 Ps of Safe Excavation

To learn more about DBYD and Safe Excavation, visit

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Three generations of the McIntyre family have contributed to making CAPS Australia the largest independent compressed air and power generation provider in a span of over 40 years.

The journey from starting a one-man business to building a company that has today become Australia’s largest independent compressed air and power generation provider with an Australia-wide network of nine branch locations and over 200 employees, did not happen overnight.
Bob retired from the active running of the business in 2011, but remains today on the Board of Directors. Approximately 24 years ago, Bob’s son, Glenn McIntyre, joined his father, eventually taking on the leadership of the company as the current Executive General Manager. Glenn’s son, Rhys, also recently joined the business as National Rental Coordinator, continuing the family’s journey for the third generation.

Growing Flexibly

Looking back at the 40-year journey, Glenn believes being flexible and evolving with the market’s needs has been key to the company’s growth. CAPS supplies across many market segments including rural, mining, manufacturing and many others.

“Nothing ever stays the same in the market. The technology is changing, our customer’s requirements are changing and energy efficiency is critical. As an independent company, we have the advantage of being able to offer a broad range of brands and only quality machines that perform as they should year after year”, Glenn says.

Building it in-house

Early into its establishment, CAPS also quickly developed in-house ISO accredited engineering capabilities, which gave the company the ability to design and build equipment that suited Australia’s hot, dusty and harsh conditions as being able to offer bespoke customisations depending on the customer’s requirements.

On the services side, the company focussed extensively on growing its after-sale services capabilities. These services included fully trained technicians able to service all major brands of equipment Australia wide and a vast range of spare parts across the network.

Rural Range

The demands of a farm can be varied, whether is a portable diesel air compressor for blowing off headers, an electric compressor for the workshop or a back-up power generator to power the farm at any time. CAPS only supplies premium products you can rely on with known brands such as AIRMAN, KOHLER, INGERSOLL-RAND and many more.

So for any air or power generation requirements, please get in touch with CAPS Australia today:

1800 800 878 or check us out on

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Keep your workers safe from Q fever

Contracting Q fever is a high-risk hazard for agricultural workers working in livestock production and dairying. Q fever is an infectious disease that is spread from animals to people by bacteria called Coxiella burnetii. Cattle, sheep and goats are the most common source of human infection, but other animals such as kangaroos, bandicoots, camels, dogs and cats can also cause infection.

There are approximately 150 cases of Q fever in Queensland every year.

People become infected with Q fever by inhaling contaminated aerosols and dust from:

  • animals, animal products and waste (e.g. milk, wool, hides, fur, urine, faeces and birth products).
  • animal environments (e.g. soil, bedding, straw, hay and grass).
  • other contaminated items (e.g. machinery, equipment, vehicles and clothing).

Q fever vaccination is the best way to protect workers against infection. This requires pre-vaccination screening to exclude workers who have previously been infected with, or vaccinated against Q fever, as they are at increased risk for a severe vaccine reaction. If no immunity shows in the screening, then workers should be vaccinated against Q fever.

All new workers should undergo Q fever screening and vaccination before starting work. If this is not possible, they should undergo screening and vaccination as soon as possible after starting work and work in lower risk areas until they are known to be immune.

Safety tips to protect against Q fever:

  • eliminate the risks associated with Q fever (e.g. restrict
    non-immune persons from visiting the workplace)
  • substitute a work activity with something safer, such as:
    • changing a high-pressure water cleaning method with a low-pressure water system to minimise airborne aerosols
    • roster on immune workers for high risk locations and tasks
  • isolate the hazard:
    • restrict non-essential and non-immune persons from entering Q fever risk areas
    • isolate, enclose or contain the source of infection such as by installing enclosed visitor viewing areas at meatworks
    • use engineering and design controls to minimise exposure
  • develop safe work procedures to minimise Q fever risks
  • provide workers with information, instruction and training on Q fever
  • require contractors, labour hire workers and visitors to show proof of immunity to Q fever
  • keep the workplace clean to minimise the accumulation of dust and dirt
  • use signage to inform people about Q fever risks
  • handle and dispose of animal products appropriately
  • provide suitable washing facilities for workers
  • implement biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of infection between animals
  • use PPE.

Safety inductions

On farm inductions are the best way to ensure new workers (young and old) are aware of how the business operates, important procedures and how to manage workplace risks.

Inductions are also relevant to refresh workers moving to a new location in the business, those operating a new piece of machinery or workers who may have been on extended leave. An induction should also be given to visitors entering the workplace.

An induction checklist will help to ensure all topics are covered with each worker or visitor. Have the induction form signed and dated and store in your induction records for future reference.

Case study: The Howe Farming Group

The Howe Farming Group (HFG) at Walkamin in Far North Queensland called in Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) after an incident involving a piece of plant and equipment. An investigation identified that company procedures, policies and pre-start checks were not being understood by foreign workers.

HFG farm bananas, avocados, sugarcane, peanuts, blueberries, cotton, and coffee. They employ up to 500 workers including full time, casuals, locals, backpackers and seasonal workers from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Company General Manager, Kimberley Mastin said, “the organisation had not been aware of the misunderstanding involving foreign workers.”

“We assumed that if they could work and physically perform the duties, then they understood the procedures. This was not the case.”

“It was suggested by WHSQ Inspectors to look at translating our guidelines, induction paperwork and pre-start checks to our workforce’s first languages.”

“We considered a couple of companies and were quoted $80,000-$140,000 for 40 documents to be translated into five languages. It was then decided we would use Google translate and get some of our crew to proofread to ensure the grammar was correct.”
“The translated documents are now part of our induction and training process. Once a full outline of the job is done through the guidelines, the normal training occurs.”
“Show the team member what to do, assist them to do the job and then watch them do it. Repeat if necessary,” Ms Mastin said.

HFG now also trains all operators of plant, equipment and vehicles on their roles and responsibilities so they fully understand how and why pre-start checks are done. Translated documents are added to employee packs and guidelines and a pictorial of a pre-start check was also prepared to ensure full comprehension of the machines and process.

Workers now have a better understanding of safety strategies for the company, as well plant and equipment safety. Workplace testing showed a massive rise from 12 per cent to 96 per cent of workers scoring top marks for knowing correct procedures and operating instructions.

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The most common electrical safety risks on Queensland farms are making contact with overhead powerlines, unsafe electrical equipment and not having safety switches installed.

Overhead powerlines

Working near powerlines can be fatal—touching them or straying into the exclusion zone around them can result in a serious electric shock. Sometimes overhead powerlines
are difficult to see, even on a bright sunny day and more so in low light, rain, cloudy weather or at dawn or dusk.

If you are working near overhead powerlines you must manage the risks. First try to eliminate the risk by arranging for the electricity to be switched off during work periods,
changing the work activities or re-routing powerlines away from high risk areas. If that’s not possible then try the following:

  • Substitute overhead powerlines for underground lines. This introduces a new risk, so talk to Energex, Ergon or Essential Energy to locate and mark the position of underground electricity cables and safe exclusion zones before you start digging. You can also contact Dial Before You Dig ( for advice.
  • Isolate the lines from machinery by raising or insulating them.
  • Use engineering controls such as geofencing (similar to those used for livestock) or electrical detection and alarm systems.
  • Use administrative controls if none of the above are possible. These include safety procedures, training, safety observers, warning signs and visual indicators.

Safe use of portable generators

Incorrect use of portable generators can cause serious injury and can damage your generator.

When powering electrical equipment with a portable generator, make sure you:

  • Only use a generator that complies with Australian Standards and read the manufacturer’s instructions before use.
  • Keep the generator in a safe and ventilated place so fumes can escape
  • Use a good quality extension lead from the generator directly to the electrical equipment you want to use. Always check the extension lead is not damaged (cuts or kinks in the lead and the lead is not pulled out from the plug or socket ends) and always fully uncoil the lead before use.
  • Do not overload your generator. Different types of electrical equipment have different power needs – make sure the electrical equipment is safe to be powered by your generator before you connect it.
    For example, don’t use electrical equipment rated at 2400W with a generator rated at only 2000W as this will overload and damage your generator.
  • Do not connect your generator directly to your home’s fixed wiring unless a licensed electrician has installed a changeover switch.

Check your electrical equipment before use

Electrical equipment can be dangerous if it’s not being used as designed, or if it’s damaged.

Always inspect and check electrical equipment for damage before you use it. Signs to look out for are:

  • cracked, broken or warped casings.
  • damaged safety guards.
  • colour changes from overheating or moisture.
  • Lead fraying, abrasions and cuts.

If you suspect your electrical equipment is broken or faulty, don’t use it. Get it repaired by a licensed electrician or dispose of it after cutting off the leads and plugs.

Before carrying out any maintenance, always turn off and unplug the equipment and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Safety switches

Safety switches protect you, your family and anyone on your property from electric shock. Get them installed on all circuits including workshops, lights, air-conditioners, fridges, ovens, pools and hot water systems.

Safety switches work by continuously monitoring the flow of electricity. They turn off the power instantly when they detect an unsafe situation, saving you in a split second. This can happen if there is a faulty power point or electrical equipment or you accidentally hit a live cable while drilling into a wall.

Safety switches can fail or get stuck, so it is important to test yours are working correctly by pressing the ‘Test’ or ‘T’ button every three months. Correctly working safety
switches will flick to the ‘off’ position and cut the power to that circuit. If any safety switch appears to be faulty or there was electrical equipment still with power when the
safety switch was off, call a licensed electrician to check it out.

Safety tip

While a safety switch may save your life, it doesn’t always prevent electric shocks or secondary injuries. For example, if you are standing on a ladder, or in a roof space, your body’s reaction to the small shock received before a safety switch cuts off the power may throw you off the ladder or cause you to fall through a ceiling.

Remember – switch off all power before entering a ceiling space and never do your own electrical work.

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Communities right across regional Victoria have been doing it particularly tough of late, with many parts of the state dealt the triple blow of dry weather conditions, summer bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic.

We recognise our regions are Victoria’s lifeblood. Regional Victoria’s many cities and towns are home to around one in four Victorians, account for 700,000 jobs and almost a quarter of the state’s small businesses. That makes for a lot of hard-working individuals and communities contributing to our $80 billion dollar regional economy

But importantly, through all the challenges there have also been opportunities and our regional communities aren’t on their own in working through them all, Regional Development Victoria (RDV) teams are always on the ground working hand in glove with regional communities and businesses.  

For instance, we’re helping boost stock of Personal Protective Equipment by teaming up with the likes of Med-Con in Shepparton, we’re supporting breweries as they pivot to supply hand-sanitiser, and we’re working with vulnerable businesses from critical sectors to help them navigate job, supply chain and market access challenges.  

It is in hands-on practical ways, such as these above examples attest, that we’re ensuring rural and regional Victoria maintains its reputation as one of the most modern and efficient in the world.

Bushfire Recovery

Fires in East Gippsland and the North East not only impacted businesses in the fire footprint in terms of animal welfare, livestock support and regional planning, but also affected producers including wineries across much of the state.

But we’re on the road to recovery.  

RDV staff are on the ground in Victoria’s fire affected regions speaking directly with many impacted businesses and communities and will continue to play a key role in the recovery effort. 

Building big to drive our state’s economic recovery

The Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works stimulus package – for works that can start straight away – is building projects that matter to Victoria, and putting people into employment.  

The package will create thousands of jobs, with more than half of the projects in rural and regional areas – from our smallest town to our most famous natural wonders including a new trail for the Twelve Apostles, a new visitor centre at Lake Tyrrell, a Mildura Riverfront upgrade, new accommodation at Mount Buffalo and a commercial and recreational project at Mt Hotham.  

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Gates engineered hydraulic hose assemblies provide superior performance to the farming industry.

Farming requires high-powered, high-pressure hydraulics with a line of engineered and matched hydraulic hose and couplings. As part of an integrated solution, there are Gates hydraulic hose and coupling products that offer peak performance and flexibility with enhanced durability.

Gates Spiral-wire hoses are constructed of up to six alternating layers of spiraled, high tensile steel, designed and tested to an industry-leading 1 million impulse cycles with working temperatures of -40°C to +121°C.

Gates wire-braid constant pressure hose is constructed of up to two braids of high-tensile steel wire, designed and tested to an industry-leading 600,000 impulse cycles with working temperature of -40°C to +100°C.

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All Gates hoses utilise a synthetic rubber nitrile tube that is compatible with biodegradable hydraulic fluids, and are now available with abrasion resistant cover (25 times abrasion resistance over stranded covers) or even additional abrasion cover (300 times abrasion resistance over standard covers) for extra reliability and safety.

Gates hoses have colour-coded lay lines and pressure ratings through all sizes, making the hoses easier to identify in stock and in service while reducing inventory requirements. The lay line indicates hose trade name, size and pressure; SAE, EN or DIN standard; and US MSHA flame resistance compliance.

It is important when selecting hydraulic hose and couplings that the hose and couplings have been engineered and designed to work together, ensuring maximum efficiency and reliability. Mixing and matching of different hydraulic hoses and couplings can lead to reduced lifespan and susceptibility to breakdown, which not only costs time and money but can be a major safety factor.

Gates engineered coupling designs are also available as coupling for one- and two-wire braid hydraulic hoses and couplings are also available in four- and six-spiral wire hoses up to 8,000 psi. Corrosion-resistant plating is standard on both these types of couplings.

Maximise your equipment “up-time” by:

  • Simplifying hose selection
  • Increasing service life
  • Easing installation and routing with superior bend radius (1/3 SAE bend radius)
  • Lowering inventory requirements
  • Extending life in bending, flexing applications
  • Reducing costs by as much as 64 percent

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The Victorian Government is providing support and services for farm businesses and rural communities affected by drought and dry seasonal conditions, including one-on-one support delivered by Agriculture Victoria.

Drought and dry seasonal conditions are a challenge for any farm business and the ability to make early decisions is important.

Decision Making Support

Decision making workshops and services delivered by Agriculture Victoria and industry partners provide technical support to assist farm businesses prepare for and manage dry seasonal conditions. Factsheets, videos and information is available on the Agriculture Victoria website on a range of topics including how to build and manage stock containment areas, feeding and managing livestock, farm water management, animal welfare, irrigation, whole farm planning, climate change risk management and business management. The website also lists upcoming events and workshops.

Network groups across the State also support farmers and industry groups to upskill and share information and ideas with fellow farmers. The Young Farmer Business Network and groups such as BestWool/BestLamb, BetterBeef and the Horticulture Industry Network are examples of these programs.

Farm Debt Mediation – Talk can be cheaper

Under Victorian legislation, banks and other creditors must offer to undertake mediation with farmers before they can initiate debt recovery on farm mortgages.

The service is low cost (currently $195 per session, per party), confidential, independent and can help avoid the costs and other consequences of expensive and potentially unnecessarylitigation. Farmdebtmediationisastructured negotiation process where a neutral and independent mediator assists the farmer and the creditor to reach agreement about current and future debt arrangements.

Agriculture Victoria administers the scheme and the Victorian Small Business Commission arranges the mediation service.

For more information please contact a farm debt mediation officer on 136 186 or email

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Rural Financial Counselling Service is a free independent and confidential service staffed by qualified and experienced Rural Financial Counsellors who understand farming and business.

A Rural Financial counsellor can help you understand your financial position, the viability of your enterprise and identify options to improve your financial position. The counsellor can also provide referrals and options for accessing government or industry grants and programs.

Counsellors are available to come to your place of business and have offices located across the State.

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call 1800 686 175 or

Agriculture Victoria contacts

For further information on the services and support Agriculture Victoria can provide call 136 186, visit or speak to staff at your local Agriculture Victoria office.

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Farming families risk creating problems and expense or reducing their options by leaving succession planning too late. Sometimes this can result in the farming property being sold or broken up. Sometimes it’s the family that breaks up.

Estate planning involving all family members and taking into account individual expectations can often prevent problems, such as breakdowns in family relationships and trust, emerging later on.

Instead of a planned handover of management, control and ownership of the farm over time, families often wait for a major life event before considering farm succession and passing on the enterprise to the next generation. These events can be the older generation wanting to retire, a son or daughter returning home to work on the farm, a new marriage or death in the family, or a housing issue. Ideal planning occurs when the family makes an informed decision before that happens in conjunction with all interested parties when decisions can be made by choice and not necessity.

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Often both generations do not negotiate their wishes, their expectations, remuneration, holidays, housing issues, what they stand to inherit and what financial support is needed for off farm family members and parents in retirement.

It is very traumatic for the farm family that has not planned for succession when a situation dawns on them and they realise the farm needs to be sold.

Good succession planning should encompass early planning around a profitable business with off farm investment to provide for the older generation’s retirement and the needs of off farm siblings. It should begin by managing the expectation of farm family members.

Succession Planning:

Understanding families is the key to effective estate planning:

Having a clear understanding of your family at the outset of the planning process helps ensure that the plan suits the particular needs of your individual families.

The best source of information about families comes from you, who has the clearest knowledge of family strengths and weaknesses and can guide in the preparation of estate
plans that fit your circumstances.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has issued updated advice and procedures following the publication of a new snakebite study.

The Australian Snakebite Project is the most comprehensive ever carried out, involved over 1500 patients and collated snakebite data from the past 10 years (2005-15).

“The publication of this study is very timely as the warm, dry winter and sudden rise in temperatures has brought snakes out early this year,” said Tracey King, Senior Flight Nurse at the RFDS South Eastern Section, who has attended snakebites during her career.

“As venomous snakes are found in every state and territory we urge everyone, not just those in the warmer Outback locations, to be vigilant.”

“There are around 3,000 reported snakebites each year in Australia, resulting in 500 hospital admissions and an average of two fatalities.”

The Australian Snakebite Project threw up some surprising statistics, which challenges many long-held perceptions about where snake attacks occur and how to treat them.


In those attacks in which the snake was positively identified, the brown snake was the most common biter
(41%), followed by the tiger snake (17%) and red-bellied black snake (16%).

Three-quarters of the people bitten are males aged in their 30’s. Most snake attacks occur near houses, not in the bush. Half of all bites occurred while people were out walking, with gardening and trying to catch a snake the most common other scenarios.

While only 20- 25 out of 835 cases they studied resulted in death, the effects of a snakebite can be debilitating and far-reaching.

Three-quarters of those bitten experienced venom-induced consumption coagulopathy, which causes blood clotting and life-threatening haemorrhages. Acute kidney injuries, brain and muscle damage and cardiac arrest are other possible side effects.

“That’s why it’s important that people act quickly after a possible bite,” said Tracey.

“Surprisingly, they’re often painless and may go unnoticed as tissue damage is mostly light – lacerations, scratches or light bruising along with some bleeding or swelling. As over 90% of snakebites we found to occur on the upper and lower limbs, these are the places to check first.”

“Common symptoms include an unexplained collapse, vomiting and abdominal pain, bleeding or paralysis.” Many dangerous myths surround the treatment of snakebites. The most important dos and don’ts include.

Do NOT wash the area of the bite or try to suck out the venom. It is extremely important to retain traces of venom for use with venom identification kits.

Do NOT incise or cut the bite, or apply a high tourniquet. Cutting or incising the bite won’t help. High tourniquets are ineffective and can be fatal if released.

Do bandage firmly, splint and immobilise to stop the spread of venom. All the major medical associations recommend slowing the spread of venom by placing a folded pad over the bite area and then applying a firm bandage. It should not stop blood flow to the limb or congest the veins. Only remove the bandage in a medical facility, as the release of pressure will cause a rapid flow of venom through the bloodstream.

Do NOT allow the victim to walk or move their limbs. Use a splint or sling to minimise all limb movement. Put the patient on a stretcher or bring transportation to the patient.

Do seek medical help immediately as the venom can cause severe damage to health or even death within a few hours.

The new study has prompted the RFDS SE to reverse previous long-standing advice about the importance of identifying the colour and type of snake.

“Staying in the area after an attack can be dangerous and recent advances in medication mean we can now treat any snakebite with a generic polyvalent anti-venom, so identification is no longer necessary.”


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  1. Obtain more than one quote and compare more than just the price. It’s what you get for your premium that’s important.
  2. Have a professional explain what cover options are available in the market place, not just from your current insurer.
  3. Seek out an Insurance Broker to work on your behalf, to ensure you get your full entitlements when claims arise.
  4. Meet with your insurance provider to review and amend your policy at least once a year.
  5. Ask what discounts are available and how to access them.
  6. Don’t skimp on cover, research the replacement value of your assets and get them covered correctly before you need to claim.
  7. Perform a risk analysis of your business to find out where you are most vulnerable and take action to minimise those risks.
  8. Safeguard you and your business with important insurance covers such as Farm Continuation Expenses, Personal Accident & Illness and Farm Management Liability

How an Insurance Broker can help you…

By sourcing a number of quotes from reputable insurers and comparing covers. Insurance Brokers have access to industry specific policies not available to the wider market.
They fully explain what cover options are available and make recommendations.

When claims arise Insurance Brokers come to the fore by providing advice and expertise in the process of settling claims and negotiating payouts with insurers.
As Insurance Brokers they work alongside their clients, reviewing, advising and amending the policy, ensuring that you continue to hold the right cover, now and into the future.
They ensure you don’t pay more than you have to by sourcing any discount options available from the insurers.

Insurance Brokers assist clients with reference material, guides and/or online calculators to help establish values for insurance purposes.

They can help clients to identify risks, provide advice on how to minimise or control those risk, which in turn may result in fewer claims and lower premiums.

Why should you use an insurance broker?

The role of an insurance broker is to serve their client, by sourcing, advising, placing and maintaining policies on their clients behalf and to manage the claim process. Other parties associated with insurance products, such as insurers or insurance agents are commonly working for the insurance companies when transacting their business. An insurance broker has access to a wide range of insurers and is able to compare costs and covers from the wider market whilst giving their client one reference point to answer queries and manage their cover.

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In the period of April to June many broad-acre farmers will be working to get their crops underway. While it is a promising time it is also a dangerous moment on the farm.

Powerlines are a common sight across South Australian farms and rural properties, with SA Power Networks’ distribution network comprising sub-transmission lines at 66,000 Volts and 33,000 Volts, and Single Wire Earth Return, or SWER lines, which carry 19,000 volts and constitute about 30% of the SA electricity distribution network.

These SWER lines are difficult to see as they are thin, single lines tightly strung between poles that are often hundreds of metres apart.

“People would be surprised how often we respond to outages that occur during preparation and seeding activity on farms,” said Paul Roberts, Corporate Affairs Manager for SA Power Networks.

“We record about 20 on-farm incidents a year where equipment contacts power lines or Stobie Poles. Seeding seems to be the most significant time for incidents, any of which could prove fatal.”

Mr Roberts said a new issue that had emerged in recent years was the use of GPS for guiding ever-larger farm machinery.

“Equipment, such as seeders and harvesters, is getting wider and that needs to be factored in when navigating around electricity infrastructure.”

There are a number of practical things you can do to minimise the risks when working around power lines.

  • Download the Look Up and Live app or visit the website which provide overhead powerline locations via an interactive geospatial map
  • Make it a habit to always check for power lines whenever you move or use farm machinery like grain augers and harvesters, or when moving long or tall loads such as irrigation pipes.
  • Design access to sheds, haystacks and silos so it is located away from powerlines to minimise the risk of injury.
  • Regularly remind everyone who lives or works on your farm of the location of powerlines.
  • If you are using GPS-guided equipment, make sure the location of electricity infrastructure on your property is accurately programmed into the system.
  • Water is a conductor of electricity so be careful when using water irrigation or water jets near powerlines.
  • If you’re crop dusting, make sure you (or your contractor) identify where the power lines are located before commencing the job.

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