Events / Info

Temporary closure – Upgrade works Bruce Highway – Helen’s Hill heavy vehicle rest area

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to advise that the of Helen’s Hill heavy vehicle rest area which is located about 17km south of Ingham will be temporarily closed until Thursday 23 December 2021.

Works on the Helen’s Hill heavy vehicle rest area are being undertaken to upgrade the entrance and exit points, and parking areas. These works will improve road safety for heavy vehicles accessing the rest area and for motorists travelling along this section of the Bruce Highway.

Temporary closure of Anabranch Bridge

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) needs to close the Anabranch Bridge at Macknade to rehabilitate the structure’s foundations before the upcoming wet season.

After pressure from CANEGROWERS Herbert River Manager, Mayor of Hinchinbrook Shire Council and the cane industry, TMR have made arrangements to change the Annabranch bridge closure date to 23 November to mid-December as per the updated flyer below.

If you have any concerns or queries about the Anabranch closure, TMR is happy to engage directly to discuss what options may exist to resolve these concerns.

Free phone: 1800 625 648.

High fertiliser prices…what’s driving it?

CANEGROWERS have had some questions come through on the price of fertiliser. It’s a case of supply and demand driven by good crops, strong commodity prices, a good weather outlook and increased freight rates, fuel prices and input costs compounded by port congestion, limited vessels and a COVID-19 pandemic!

Click on the download below for some information from Incitec Pivot regarding fertiliser prices that may give some context around the drivers.

Modernising the way mill mud is spread in the Herbert

selectability Mental Health Week Activities

Queensland Mental Health Week is 9-17 October. selectability Ingham will be hosting activties as part of Mental Health Week.

Meet the Team and learn more about the services they provide.

Download the document below to view the activities.   

Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook Photo Competition

Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook Photo Competition is open from Friday 1 October 2021 to Sunday 24 October 2021. Residents are invited to submit photographs that capture the essence of “Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook”.

Help us showcase the beauty of the Hinchinbrook Shire with images that inspire and motivate the community to ‘not waste Hinchinbrook’. The best photographs will be put forward for public voting and winning image/s will be displayed across the body of the new local waste truck. 

Download the documents below to find out more.

HCPSL has additional SRA28 now available at one of its plots. Preference will be give to those growers who have not obtained any Approved Seed cane to date; to ensure that they have some clean material to plant on their farm in 2022.

Growers who wish to obtain SRA28 in 2021 will need to hand cut the cane (max 200 stalks per grower).  SRA28 will be available in larger quantities from the HCPSL Approved Clean Seed plots in 2022, so growers need not panic or be concerned that they can’t access material in the future.

Download the SRA28 factsheet below with information concerning the variety.

Have your Say on the Future Management of Council’s Coastal Reserves

Whether you live there or just visit, if you care about how Council manages its coastal reserves and public spaces, you can have your say at the upcoming community consultation session to discuss the challenges and potential solutions that will help shape the future of Hinchinbrook’s coastal reserves network.

To ‘Have your Say’ into the future management options of Lucinda, Council invites all interested people from the Hinchinbrook community to attend the first community consultation session from 6.00pm to 9.00pm Wednesday 15 September 2021 at the Lucinda Point Hotel Motel.

Download the document below to register.

Lucinda Coastal Reserves Community Info sessions

Whether you live there or just visit, if you care about how Council

manages its coastal reserves and public spaces, you can have your say at the upcoming community consultation session to discuss the challenges and potential solutions that will help shape the future of Hinchinbrook’s coastal reserves network.

See below for more information.

Ingham Toyota Forest Rally

The Forest Rally will be at the Starting & Service Park; CWA Hall, beside Ashton Pub, Long Pocket Saturday 7 August.

1st Car starts; approximately 9.30am Spectator point; Corner of Jocks Lodge Road & Manor Creek Road, Broadwater – accessed by Jocks Lodge Road, 3klm down Broadwater Park Rd, Broadwater 1st Car expected through; approximately 11.10am

More information below.

Growers Liability for Acts of Contractors

The general rule in law is that a grower is not liable for the acts of an independent contractor. The bad news is that there are always exceptions to the general rule. One exception is that a grower may well still be liable if they exercise a substantial degree of control over how the contractor performs their services.

Read Chris Cooper’s article below.

SRA Membership Form

Even though you are a SRA levy payer this does not mean you are a SRA member. If you would like to check if you are a member or not please contact Allyson from the SRA Communications team. Allyson’s contact details are:

Allyson Starky

Communications and Marketing Officer

Tel: 07 3331 3308       

Mob: 0408 185 138    

If you would like to become an SRA member please download the SRA membership application form below.

SCHLOT Live and Basecutter Project

At the SRA Harvesting Forum last week there were 2 interesting presentations that Chris Norris presented including the Basecutter Project and SCHLOT live and its benefits.

Download the presentations below.

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Nufarm has provided a brief summary & requirements for the label changes, and the significant investment they have provided for the exclusive use pattern that has no restrictions for rates up to 1.1 L/ha (Amicide Advance 700 equivalent), reduced restrictions for higher rates where a trash blanket is present and the inclusion of directed spraying in the critical comments.

Herbert Harvesting Forum Invite

The 2021 harvesting forum is geared towards updating industry on project outcomes and latest technologies relevant to harvesting. The event will include final project results from the Rural R&D for profit project ‘Enhancing the sugar industry value chain by addressing mechanical harvest losses through research, technology and adoption’, as well as the latest harvesting technologies available for the 2021 season.

It will be held Tuesday 8 June 2021 from 9.00am–12.00pm at the TYTO Conference and Events Centre 73–75 McIlwraith Street, Ingham.

For more information and to register download the form below.

QRIDA – Farm Business Analysis Assistance

The Farm Business Analysis Assistance package provides primary producers experiencing financial difficulty free access to independent financial analysis on their farm business.

The package is a tailored report for primary producers to consider their financial options, support and improve communication and understanding with lenders.

The service is free and no obligation, offering an alternative professional opinion.

For more information and to apply view the documentation below.

Herbert Mill Tour

Herbert growers are invited to attend a pre-season mill tour and information session at Victoria Mill on Friday 28 May from 10am – 12 noon. RSVP by contacting Megan Bourne at or 4776 4226.

Feral Pig Aerial Shoot – Date Amendment

Hinchinbrook Shire Council, in co-operation with the Department of Environment and Science and the Department of Resources, are intending to conduct an aerial shoot to control feral pigs. Weather permitting, this program will now take place from Wednesday 23 June 2021 to Thursday 24 June 2021 between the hours of 6.00am and 6.00pm each day.

Herbert GPS basestation frequency table and HCPSL GPS basestation operations

Maintenance of the HCPSL GPS basestation network is now underway and it is proposed to be completed before the commencement of planting this year. There will be further modifications and enhancements of the network over the next 2 years to make GPS coverage better.

An Introduction guide to Succession Planning

The Commonwealth sponsored introductory guide recently released provides a basic introduction to the concept and issues involved in Succession Planning.

$75,000 grants for farmers impacted by recent floods and cyclones

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed the activation of Category D assistance for farmers beginning the recovery process following damage caused by recent floods and cyclones.

Farmers in the Goondiwindi, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and Tablelands local government areas are eligible for grants of up to $75,000, in addition to the freight subsidies, concessional loans and grants already available, through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis acknowledged the Queensland and Australian Governments for their timely response, as farmers begin the process of rebuilding after the destructive weather events.

“Queensland farmers are no strangers to natural disasters and weather extremes, but these events have come on the back of several years of ongoing drought exacerbating the impact meaning the road to recovery will be a long one,” Dr Davis said.

“As more information comes to hand, QFF will continue working closely with government to ensure the appropriate levels of support are available to farmers.”

“QFF is in the process of creating an Industry Support Network of people with knowledge of farm practices and business processes, to take on a supporter role to galvanise those who have experienced loss or disruption as a result of a disaster like the recent floods and cyclones, and who need a helping hand as they recover.”

“In the meantime, we encourage impacted farmers to contact their relevant industry body or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to complete an impact assessment.”

The Category D recovery grants are available from QRIDA at or by calling 1800 623 946.

Without travelling or even leaving home, you can now see a medical specialist online.  Go to on your mobile phone or home computer and book a telehealth appointment with a specialist from Dermatology to Urology.  All you need is a referral from your local GP.

The cost of a consultation is subsidised by Medicare with out-of-pocket expenses to see a private specialist from $35. 

Patients are matched to the nearest, most appropriate specialist for their care and offered an appointment within 5-7 days. 

Any questions? Email or for more information click on the below.

CANEGROWERS Herbert River 2021 AGM will be held on Monday 19th April at Noorla Bowls Club.

The guest speaker will be the Chairman of QCGO Paul Schembri. We are very fortunate to have the entire QCGO board attending our AGM this year. This is a great opportunity for you to receive an update on local and state wide issues and to interact with the QCGO Board and Management. Dinner will be provided after the AGM.

For catering purposes please RSVP by contacting the office on 4776 5350.

QFF has set up a MS Teams link to host the upcoming Supporting the Supporters / Industry Support Network webinars. Could you please share with your network. The focus is on recovery in North Queensland, but the sessions are open to any farmer or recovery worker.

For more information click on the link below.

North Queensland Industry Support Network Webinars – Queensland Farmers’ Federation (