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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Newsletter #4. Short and to the point.


Agricultural Coordination Group (COVID-19)

On 8 April 2020 the first meeting of the Agricultural Coordination Group (COVID-19) was convened. The group was formed as part of the Tasmanian response to the COVID-19 pandemic and comprises members of industry and government.


If there are matters that I can take to the regular Wednesday meetings on your behalf, please let me know by 10am each Wednesday.
Ian Locke
Phone/SMS: 0438-911-319

Tasmanian government support to business

One outcome of the Agriculture Coordination Group was to seek an overview of the actions taken by the Tasmanian government in providing assistance to businesses. I also have single-sheet summaries that I can send by email.

Australian government support to business

Last week, the RBA released a detailed summary of the actions taken by the Australian government in response to COVID-19.

Businesses on the NW Coast of Tasmania

With the increased focus on COVID-19 and the workplace, there are some great resources to help you all in the agribusiness sector.

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Workplace Guide contains basic advice on managing the impact on farming workplaces, including relevant work health and safety and industrial relations considerations.

The Guide is intended to facilitate thinking and decision making about the health and safety of people on farm, including family and workers, ongoing job and business security, and continuity.

Guidelines for the fresh produce industry

The Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) has released guidelines to assist producers of fresh produce to plan for and mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 to their employees, their business and the supply of fresh produce to consumers.

WorkSafe Tasmania

Employers must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and other persons.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the information contained in this newsletter is only intended to provide guidance and assistance of a very general nature.
Our objective is to work together so we all come out of this crisis together.
I am here to help.
For my part, I have direct links into horticulture in Tasmania and a much broader network interstate and overseas. My resource library nowholds 400 documents across the coronavirus spectrum.

If I can be of assistance in helping to identify sources of information or market reports, then I ask you to contact me so I can share the information, or suggest other options.

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