More than 50 people attended the recent Be Road Ready For Harvest Field Day at the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange, while a further 15 were watching online.
Attendees were a mixture of farmers, contract harvesters, transport companies, agricultural machinery retailers, government agencies, council staff and relevant associations.
“It was great to be back face and face, but also to be able to offer the online functionality to increase the reach of the event across the region,” said Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor.
“Safety and compliance during harvest is very important. Operators need to be aware of their responsibilities and ensure that during harvest all warning devices and travel requirements are adhered to.
“Regulations are constantly changing and events like this are important to ensure people are up to date on what’s required before the upcoming harvest period,’ Melanie said.
The program included presentations about access, permits, fire safety, fatigue, safety around powerlines, compliance, insurance, mental health and more.
“Participant feedback was mostly positive, with attendees reporting a good range of relevant information on offer and that it was a great opportunity to stay up to date.
The event was recorded and is available via YouTube, search ‘Be Road Ready for Harvest Field Day’.
The winner of the feedback form prize, a Brass Monkey 15 litre fridge worth $230, was Darren Keane.
Free satellite events will be held in Lake Cargelligo, Wirrinya and Peak Hill in the coming weeks (with breakfast provided):
Lake Cargelligo: Wednesday, 31st August 7:30 – 10:15am at the RFS Shed
Wirrinya: Thursday, 1st September 7:30–10:15am at the Community Hall
Peak Hill: Friday, 2nd September 7:30 -10.15am at the Golf Club
Register via: https://forms.office.com/r/HaWJ6ccx6e