Be road ready for harvest: field day goes online

Our councils are taking their harvest road safety field day online this year. Photo supplied.
Our councils are taking their harvest road safety field day online this year. Photo supplied.

Farmers, contract harvesters, transport companies and agricultural machinery retailers are invited to attend the Be Road Ready For Harvest Virtual Field Day via Zoom this month.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, said that while the usual face to face Field Day at the Central West Livestock Exchange wasn't possible due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the online delivery will hopefully make it accessible.

"For the first time in about three years it is looking like we are going to have a good harvest," she said.

"Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the organising committee realise it is important to refresh people's knowledge about the new/current rules and regulations for legally and safely moving harvest equipment on the road.

"Safety during harvest is very important, meaning operators need to be aware of their responsibilities and ensure that during harvest all warning devices and travel requirements are adhered to."

Ms Suitor advises that regulations have changed since last harvest.

"There is now a National Agricultural Machinery Notice, which replaces access arrangements under pre-existing legal instruments, harmonises mass and dimension limits and operating conditions, and reduces duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders," Ms Suitor said.

The Virtual Field Day is supported by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Transport for NSW, NSW Police, NSW Farmers, WFI, Australian Custom Harvesters Association and the Grain Transport Safety Network.

Topics which will be discussed include how to apply for permits, the new National Agricultural Machinery Notice, load restraint, pilots, the Grain Harvest Management Scheme, COVID-19 Safety Plan for silos, border restrictions and much more.

"The first 20 people to register will receive a free cuppa! And by taking part in a short road safety quiz you could win one of three Engle cab fridges valued at $190,' Ms Suitor said.

Registration is free and can be completed via the Parkes, Forbes or Lachlan Shire councils' Facebook pages.

Attendees will all receive a Moving Harvest Machinery 2020 USB, which contains most of the relevant notices and information about moving agricultural machinery on the road.

The virtual field day will be on Thursday 24 September from 8am.

The Be Road Ready For Harvest Field Day has been running since 2010 and usually attracts about 60 attendees.

Organisers are hoping for similar numbers to this year's virtual event.

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