This year’s harvest is set to be a bumper one and farmers, contract harvesters, transport companies and agricultural machinery retailers are invited to attend the Be Road Ready For Harvest Virtual Field Day via Zoom on Thursday, 24th September from 8am.
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 would hopefully make it more easily accessible for participants to attend.
“For the first time in about three years it is looking like we are going to have a good harvest, and it is therefore important to refresh people’s knowledge about the new and current rules and regulations for legally and safely moving harvest equipment on the road.
Topics for the field day 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 Engel car fridges valued at $190,” Melanie 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.