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across parts of NSW and
potentially more on the way have
increased the risk of grass fires in
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW
RFS) is warning the recent summer
heatwaves have continued to dry
out the landscape, particularly in
“The previous wet winter and
now very warm summer has
meant the threat of grass fires
across the State has continued to
increase,” Commissioner Shane
“In the last month alone, NSW
RFS volunteers have attended 600
grass fires across the state.
“Some of these have resulted in
the loss of stock, fencing, valuable
equipment, buildings and homes.
“W ith the grass now drying out,
the landscape is now even more
susceptible to fire.
“Grass fires can be especially
dangerous because they start
easily and spread quickly,
destroying not only homes, stock
and crops, but also lives and
temperatures and significantly
below average rainfall throughout
Fitzsimmons said there is a more
urgent need to prepare.
“Farmers can help protect
their properties by establishing
firebreaks around paddocks,
homes and other valuable assets
like sheds and equipment,”
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“Maintaining machinery and
knowing the fire danger ratings
before using equipment is also
“The taller and drier the grass,
the quicker the fire will move and
the more intensely it will burn.
“A grass fire can cut roads and
threaten property with very little
warning and can move up to three
times faster than a bush fire.
“If you live in or nearby areas
where there is grasslands, have a
plan for what you’ll do in a fire.
“Make or update your bush fire
survival plan and discuss it with
your family and loved ones.
There’s a guide to help you
available from www.myfireplan.
com.au or from your local Fire
“We’re also advising motorists to
avoid driving through or stopping
in long grass, even if it’s just for a
few minutes, as the heat from a
car’s exhaust can be enough to
start a fire.
“It is important that everyone
understands the risks of grass
fires and prepares for it, whether
you’re on the land, in town or just
travelling through,” Commissioner
Increased grass fire fear
Animal welfare, animal nutrition and the environment
are hot topics of discussion in the development of
the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF),
the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) said today.
During the first month of consultation of the
Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF)
more than 1,000 people have visited the online
consultation forum and over 120 submissions were
Four out of every five people commenting on the
draft Australian Beef Sustainability Framework are
With just over a week until the framework
consultation closes on 17 February, Prue Bondfield,
Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group (SSG),
encouraged everyone in industry to take the
opportunity to have a say.
“The framework is being developed through
consultation and it’s really important that if you are
involved in industry in any way that you visit www.
SustainableAustralianBeef.com.au and provide your
feedback,” Mrs Bondfield said.
“We’ve had a high amount of engagement so far;
and would welcome more moving forward.”
Preliminary insights from ABSF consultation have
100 per cent of respondents agree the four
themes of animal welfare, economic resilience,
environmental stewardship, and people and the
community are relevant
The priority areas and indicators for animal welfare
and environmental stewardship have had the most
comments and suggestions for changes
There is support for indicators for animal nutrition,
pasture management and discussion about how
carbon sequestration can reduce emissions on-farm
There is a need for clearer indicators around
animal welfare – with a focus around how to properly
handle cattle, and minimising stock stress
55 pc of all feedback has come from beef
producers and 26 pc of feedback has come from
those working in support industries of the beef
“The SSG is meeting later this month to review all
of the feedback we have received and from there
will develop the first Australian Beef Sustainability
Framework baseline report,” Mrs Bondfield said.
Consultation will close on 17 February. The ABSF
is a project managed by RMAC; with an inaugural
report of consultation findings to be published in
Animal Welfare and Environment
hot topics in beef future
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation
(AMPC) today announced the launch of the ‘Meat.
Your Future.’ campaign, which will highlight the
wealth of career options available in the $23 billion
meat processing industry, aiming to attract new
employees and improve community perceptions of
the red meat processing industry as a whole.
Red meat processing is the nation’s largest food
product manufacturing industry and the nation’s
second largest employer by sector, employing
around 135,000 people*. The AMPC believes it’s the
right time to shine a spotlight on the opportunities
that are available in an industry that is a cornerstone
of Australia’s economy, and has remained resilient
during economic downturns.
“We’re excited about ‘Meat. Your Future.’ and
the benefits for the industry as a whole, including
attracting new workers to help meet the consumer
demand for red meat,” said AMPC chairman Peter
Noble. “Red meat processing is a well-respected
domain that makes a significant contribution to the
economy and it’s time more people knew about the
potential that a future in our sector can provide.”
A career in red meat processing is often
overlooked, however the AMPC is aiming to
highlight the benefits of this innovative, diverse and
flexible industry. Mr Noble acknowledged that the
dedication of those currently employed in the meat
processing industry has transformed it. Influenced
by new technologies and scientific developments on
producing high quality red meat, this transformation
has enabled growth and the need for more people
to keep the industry sustainable, adapting to new
challenges as they evolve.
“Red meat processing is a valuable industry and
its people are an equally valuable resource,” said
Mr Noble. “By taking great care of employees and
their career paths, red meat processing sets both
the industry and its people up for success. That’s
something that makes us very proud.”
The positive impacts of red meat processing are
being felt on local, national and international scales,
by both providing jobs and economic health to local
communities whilst exporting to 86 countries around
“The industry plays an integral role in a number
of Australian communities, and ‘Meat. Your Future.’
engages with the people within those communities,
sharing their inspiring stories to a broader audience,”
said Mr Noble.
The campaign will be segmented into three smaller
offshoots, of which ‘Meat. Your Partners.’ will be the
first to launch. ‘Meat. Your Partners.’ is the ‘call to
arms’, uniting the industry and all those involved in
The broader campaign will focus on a variety of
areas including stakeholder engagement, careers
opportunities, and public perception of the industry.
The campaigns will include industry events, social
media activities, a dedicated ‘Meat. Your Future.’
website and an integrated marketing campaign.
This isn’t the first time the AMPC has taken a
leadership role within the industry; just last year,
a sustainability report titled ‘Feast of Ideas’ was
commissioned by the organisation. The report
identified and addressed six material risks that the
industry faces which culminated in the inaugural Vital
Ingredient Sustainability Conference, where industry
experts came together to map the sector’s collective
For more information about current opportunities
for meat processing workers, visit www.ampc.com.
*The industry directly employs 34,000 people,
making it the 2nd largest employer by sector
however it employs 135,000 people, including flow
on effects. SOURCE: Feast of Ideas Report. Industry
Snapshot infographic (Page 5).
‘Meat. Your Future.’ campaign
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