Did you know regulations have changed under the Heavy Vehicle National Law? Changes to the Chain of Responsibility laws came into effect on October 1, 2018. The changes align these laws more closely with workplace health and safety laws, meaning everyone in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain (including farmers) have a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities and that breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law do not occur.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator will support Riverland Wine in presenting a couple of workshops early in the New Year. These will be at Loxton Research Centre on Monday, January 21 (3:30pm) and Banrock Station on Tuesday, January 22 (8:30am).
Chain of Responsibility and possible Grape Industry Code of Conduct will be considered.
As mentioned in the wrap of industry meetings above biosecurity is a critical matter for all Riverland producers. Since the fruit fly outbreak in Loxton, Friday December 7, Biosecurity SA has been working around the clock with representatives from all sectors to ensure eradication is achieved by February 26 and that all growers are aware of obligations in relation to the movement of fruit.
It’s expected that within the next few days a refined set of instructions will be published. At this stage, negotiations are still proceeding around safe movement of winegrapes within the quarantine zone and/or through the zone. Stay tuned for a special bulletin.