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for the information of member Show Societies. The QCAS does not take resposibility for,
nor has an opinion, on the content of these articles.
Posted 9 September 2011
ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF THE COMMONWEALTH -RASC:
Posted 4 March 2011
LOST HORSE REGISTER:
Posted 14 January 2011
The Qld Horse Council will be handling the lost horse register, contact point for lost horses, found horses and found dead horses. Until Monday 17/1/2011, possibly Tuesday calls direct to Debbie Dekker 07 54646785 mob 0420926281 or Fiona Thompson 0434182721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org From Tuesday Biosecurity Qld will also be taking info and forwarding it to us that number is 132523. As many identifying features are required even on dead animals we want to be able to bring some closure to owners who have lost horses and also have accurate figures of lost horses at the end of this.
Emergency Feed The Qld Horse Council will have a truckload of hay arriving at the Ipswich Showground possibly on Monday if roads are clear. There will be more hay trucks coming with the next one being sent to the Gatton area if roads are clear. Please contact Debbie Dekker on the above phone numbers or email for details. If you have a need in your area please contact Debbie and we will see what we can arrange.
NLIS PROCEDURES FOR 2011 SHOWS:
Posted October 2010
After a successful trial in 2010 the DPI will be continuing the "Sighted Cattle Transactions" for the 2011 Show season. Further information will be available on the NLIS website shortly. Click here for Tech Tips on the Sighted cattle transactions
Click here to download the NLIS FACT SHEET
2010 NATIONAL RURAL AMBASSADOR
BACK TO BACK WINS FOR QUEENSLAND:
Posted October 2010
The 2009 Queensland Rural Ambassador, Miss Carla Tierney from Oakey has taken out the title of 2010 National Rural Ambassador at the National Finals in Melbourne on Wednesday. This is back to back wins of this title for Queensland after Mr Bruce McConnel's win last year. "It is a great honour to represent the show movement as the 2009 Queensland Rural Ambassador" said Carla Tierney. "I have aimed to use my year as Queensland Rural Ambassador to encourage young people to get involved in the show movement and show youth the opportunities available for them in rural and regional industry. It has been my aim to encourage youth to look ahead in order to serve the needs of today and the future. My year as Queensland Rural Ambassador was a busy, exciting, thrilling, and amazing one that provided me with many life-changing experiences".
To find out more about the QCAS Next Gen Sub-Committee visit their webpage by clicking here
Congratulations Carla and we look forward to witnessing the changes you encourage during your reign as National Rural Ambassador!
SHOW SOCIETY GRANT
Show Societies can go to the State Government Show Society Grant webpage to download the latest Show Summary and Expenditure Report form. Please ensure this form is returned as soon as possible after your Show.
HENDRA VIRUS CONFIRMED:
Posted 21 May 2010
Biosecurity Queensland is responding to the confirmed report of a Hendra virus case in a horse on the Sunshine Coast.The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) has confirmed a positive PCR test result to Hendra virus in an EDTA blood sample taken from the horse by a private veterinarian.
The horse was examined by the veterinarian after the owner reported it was displaying acute onset of neurological signs. The horse was reported as being uncoordinated, demonstrating mouth twitching and being off its food.
Upon veterinary investigation, the horse exhibited normal respiratory and heart rates. The horse was found to be blind. The neurological signs progressed to seizures, the horse was humanely euthanased and buried on the property.
One horse remains on the property and has been subject to sampling by a Biosecurity Queensland veterinary officer this afternoon. The horse is reported as clinically normal.
The property is in quarantine and no horse movements are recorded recently.
A community engagement program has been commenced to advise neighbours of the situation and to provide relevant information.
The most recent version of the 'What is Hendra virus' brochure is available at the website: www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au.
Horse owners are urged to review their biosecurity procecdures and contact their veterinarian if they suspect Hendra virus. Please go to www.qldhorsecouncil.com in the notifiable disease section for fact sheets on ways to reduce the risk of Hendra virus infection.
The following link to the latest Newsletter from the OLGR contains information relevant to Show Societies, in particular
NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:
Posted 18 December 2009
Please find attached a copy of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 or Modern SACS Award 2010 that may or may not apply to your workplace.
Please let us know if we can assist you with this determination. Here are some important notes about the Modern SACS Award 2010:
v All terms and conditions of the this Award apply from 1 January, 2010 EXCEPT for base rates of pay, loadings and penalties.
v Penalties, loadings etc will commence on 1 July, 2010.
v Rates of pay will commence on 1 July 2011 this is a year later than all other Modern Awards.
v There is an ASU Pay Equity Case pending with the AIRC/FWA and it may take some time for this case to be heard and ruled upon. As such the Commission has determined that an additional 12 months is required in the hope the Pay Equity Case will be settled prior to the introduction of new rates of pay. Should that be the case FWA may bring the implementation date forward.
v Note the ASU's pay equity application is for increases of between 18 37% in line with the Queensland Community Services and Crisis Assistance Award 2008 and will apply to all Employees covered by the Modern SACS Award in all States.
v Until 1 July, 2011 all employers must continue to apply base rates of pay and penalties etc as per their current industrial instrument (ie Award, NAPSA, EBA etc) even if it is a State Award and you are transitioning into the Federal System on January 1, 2010.
v It is also noteworthy that the AIRC has expanded the coverage of the Modern SACS Award 2010 to include organizations engaged in policy, advocacy and representation work in this sector see the coverage and classification clauses for more info.
BANNED ITEMS AT SHOWS:
Posted 11 May 2009
During some Shows this year there have been reports of Banned Items being sold by Itinerant traders. Show Committees are reminded that a list of banned items is contained in section 7 of the QCAS Handbook and this list should be provided to all traders when they make application for a site at your event.
In the event that items are being sold at a Show, the Show Committee should make every attempt to ensure these items are removed from sale as quickly as possible. Traders selling these items should also be reported to QCAS who will compile a list of infringing traders and advise these traders of the state wide ban on these items.
click here for a list of banned items
click here for an A3 Colour Brochure of Banned Items
RSA (RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL) TRAINING:
Posted 5 May 2009
The RSA rules for volunteers is, that 1 person needs to have the approved RSA certificate to supervise the other volunteers. There is no separate course for volunteers, it's just the one course.
There are two on-line providers who deliver the approved RSA course:
I have also included the link below to a fact sheet regarding mandatory training for your information.
National Agricultural Scholarships:
Posted 16 April 2009
Here is a great opportunity for young people working or studying in the agricultural sector to participate in a national agricultural scholarship program.
The scholarship is a comprehensive fully funded 12 day behind-the-scenes program for 20 to 30 year olds with Woolworths. It gives people the opportunity to hear from leaders in the food supply chain. Highlights include discussions with senior Woolworths executives and decision makers within the company - as well as participating in lectures, tours of supermarkets and the distribution centre.
The scholarship program costs are all covered by Woolworths and includes course fees, accommodation and flights (to and from Sydney).
The scholarship is open to anyone between the ages of 20 and 30 who are either employed in the agricultural or horticultural industry or in their second or further years of study in an agricultural or horticultural faculty. Information is attached and the application form is available at www.wowcareers.com.au or by calling Amy Keating at Woolworths on 02 8885 3516 02 8885 3516.
Run in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, the program is held from 10 August - 21 August 2009 and applications close on 15 May 2009. 60 people have participated in the program over the past three years.
Sefton & Associates is working with Woolworths to reach a broad rural and regional audience and I'd like to thank you in advance for passing on this opportunity to your network.
Equestrian Judging Results - RNA:
Posted 04 April 2009
The RNA in recent days has had a number of enquiries from Show Societies regarding the sending of Horse judging results to the RNA. In previous years this practice has assisted with verification of performance requirements and dispute resolution. To assist Show Secretaries/Horse Section Committee's with reduction workload, costs and time the Horse and Arena Committee of the RNA has decided that for 2009 and beyond, Show Societies do not need to send copies/duplicates of Horse judging results to the RNA. However, in is imperative that Show Societies/Secretaries keep a record of Horse judging results in case the RNA needs to verify any result.
National Livestock Identification System (Cattle):
Posted 04 April 2009
The following letter was recieved and distributed to all Show Societies in November 2008. Any Show Society experiencing difficulties with the NLIS System is asked to provide QCAS with a report to allow a uniform response to be sent to Bio Security Queelsland as soon as possible.
Posted 16th January 2009
Please download eQuine News for details
Secretary's and Executive Workshops:
Posted 3rd December 2008
These Workshops are designed to assist Executive Committee's and Secretary's in the administration of their Show
Download Registration Form
INFECTION CONTROL GUIDELINES FOR ANIMAL CONTACT:
Posted 1st May 2008
A copy of the guidelines in pdf format is attached for your information. The guidelines will be uploaded onto the Queensland Health website in the near future (please search under the document's title).
If you have any questions regarding the guidelines, or you would like to order some hard copies of the publication, please contact Steering Group members Sian Ashton, Environmental Health Officer, on 4050 3621 or Andrew Langley, Public Health Physician, on 5409 6600.
STATE GOVERNMENT GRANT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
Posted 15th April 2008
Click here obtain information and logos to acknowledge the STATE GOVERNMENT GRANT. An appropriate acknowledgement can be included in your annual show schedules, websites, newsletters, media releases etc.
BOER GOATS - Extreme Exhibit:
Posted Jan 2008
Advice has been received from the Boer Goat Breeders' Association of Australia that from the beginning of 2008 the title of Extreme Exhibit is to cease with regards to competitions involving boer goats. Email: email@example.com Web: www.australianboergoat.com.au