The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-19T22:07:00Z Calls for action on Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism projects 2021-04-19T22:07:00Z calls-for-action-on-sustainable-diversion-limit-adjustment-mechanism-projects In the interests of protecting our communities, Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited, Murray Irrigation Limited, and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited have come together to push for action on the implementation of the approved NSW Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism (SDLAM) projects in the wake of the NSW Government suspending consultation on a key project. The SDLAM projects were created as a part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to protect communities and agricultural production while still delivering outcomes for the environment. Under legislation, at least 605GL can be saved via the projects and if they fail to deliver the required savings the onus will likely fall back to communities to offer up more productive water. Yet landholder negotiations at the Menindee Lakes project, which is one of the most important parts in delivering water savings, have recently been suspended. If it is not completed by 2024 it will represent a failure to save an estimated 106GL of the 605GL that is possible. The projects are integrated, so a failure to implement any one of them, regardless of location, represents a risk to the whole mechanism. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is required to conduct a reconciliation in 2024 to measure outcomes and any shortfall identified then will reduce the amount of water that can be used for production (the sustainable diversion limit) in the NSW Murry and Murrumbidgee valleys. Whilst 2024 may seem like a long time away, these projects have very long lead times. Yet at the end of 2020 none were complete and only one of the SDLAM projects was even on track to meet the target. Should the current approved SDLAM projects not proceed, or alternatives be agreed and implemented, communities and irrigators remain at risk of further water recovery through the Basin Plan. Clearly, this water is most likely to come from the irrigators in our districts, which is completely unacceptable to our customers and our communities who are reliant on irrigation. We cannot afford to be left with this uncertainty so we are calling on the NSW Government to immediately outline a clear pathway to show how they propose to protect irrigation communities from a further reduction in water availability.  We understand that some local communities have reservations with the current projects and it is the role of government to address these concerns or find viable alternatives. Our organisations are committed to continuing to work with government to find and implement solutions that can be broadly accepted.  We need to protect the thousands of irrigators in our valleys and our communities that are dependent on irrigation. Our grave concerns are backed by the MDBA which recently stated that it is “increasingly unlikely that the SDL adjustment program will be fully delivered by June 2024, putting the overall SDL adjustment at risk”. We are urging irrigators, and all those with an interest in healthy communities in our valleys, to engage with the NSW Government to ensure that they work with communities and implement all approved SDL projects, or identify and implement viable alternatives, without delay. Our organisations view this issue as being extremely serious, representing a real risk to the future of our customers.  If we do nothing, our irrigators, regional economies, towns and communities will be left to carry the burden in 2024 when the MBDA reconciles progress.  And we can’t afford that.   Quotes for attribution: Clifford Ashby, CEO, Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited “The impact of a further reduction in irrigation water in the Murrumbidgee and NSW Murray valleys would decimate communities and economies reliant upon irrigated agriculture. It would also have a wider impact since the Basin supports 9,200 irrigated agriculture businesses producing $22 billion worth of food and fibre annually.”   Phil Endley, CEO, Murray Irrigation Limited “Our organisations remain committed to continuing to work with government to find and implement solutions that can be broadly accepted to protect the thousands of irrigators in our valleys and our communities that are dependent on irrigation.” Brett Jones, CEO, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited “Should the current approved SDLAM projects not proceed, or alternatives be agreed and implemented, communities and irrigators remain at risk of further water recovery by the Commonwealth. Clearly, this water is most likely to come from the irrigators in our districts, which is completely unacceptable to our customers and our communities who are reliant on irrigation.” Freshcare appoints CEO 2021-01-04T23:26:37Z freshcare-appoints-ceo JANE SIEBUM APPOINTED CEO The Board of Freshcare is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced executive Jane Siebum to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective Monday 4 January 2021. Freshcare Chairperson Allan Dall said: “As the custodian of Australia’s most widely used standards across the horticulture and viticulture sectors, we have an obligation to position Freshcare for a sustainable future. This means ensuring as an organisation that we have the right corporate structure and the financial capacity to continue to deliver in the long term. “After an extensive search we are very confident that Jane, with her authentic leadership, out-of-the-box thinking and broad skills, is absolutely the right person to lead the organisation and deliver for our participating businesses, members and the industry. “On behalf of the Board I’d like to thank Yvonne Diab for her work as Interim CEO in 2020 and we wish her well for the future,” said Mr Dall. Ms Siebum joins Freshcare following three years at Scouts NSW, including two as CEO, and with extensive experience in business transformation across various industries. She has extensive knowledge in the technology sector and is known for delivering business solutions that drive efficiencies and productivity. Ms Siebum also brings a wealth of not-for-profit expertise having previously been President of Bowen Pastoral Agricultural Association, NED of Women in Prisons Advocacy Network and a host of other volunteer roles along with undertaking pro bono work for various small NGO’s. Commenting on her appointment Ms Siebum said she was proud to join Freshcare with its established reputation in the industry and at such an exciting time for members following the organisation’s Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) accreditation last year. “Freshcare provides such an important enabling role for the industry and I am looking forward to strengthening our position and providing a strong voice for our members and participating businesses,” said Ms Siebum. “My approach is very much about listening and getting out to hear feedback from our industry stakeholders before using these insights to form a view, and work with the team and Board on the opportunities and what the next stage of evolution might look like for Freshcare. This will include consideration of what emerging technologies we may be able to offer our members to support improvements in productivity, efficiencies, and sustainability. It’s a great time to be involved.” -ENDS-   About Freshcare Established 20 years ago, Freshcare is Australia’s industry-owned and operated assurance standards for horticulture including a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognised certification programme. As a not-for-profit, Freshcare’s purpose is to ensure its best-practice standards meet the industry’s needs now and for the future. Freshcare enables participating businesses to continue to demonstrate their capacity to grow, pack and distribute globally recognised, safe, sustainable, quality produce for customers and consumers in Australia and worldwide.  Australian farmers named Supreme winners in the irrigation excellence awards 2020-12-03T03:21:17Z australian-farmers-named-supreme-winners-in-the-irrigation-excellence-awards (Australia) – 3 December 20 Tasmanian farmers Rob and Eliza Tole of Cressy have been announced as the Australian region and Supreme winners of the inaugural Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards.    Mr Tole is a third generation farmer on “Greenvale” a 560ha property with 350ha irrigated. He and his wife Eliza run an operation which includes lamb production and a cropping rotation of significant variety, including peas, seed potatoes, poppies, grass seed, clover seed, hemp, chicory and pasture.  The Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards, were created to celebrate excellence and recognise farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship. The Awards were open to irrigating farmers in Australia and New Zealand and were assessed on four key components: ·        Sustainable irrigation management, ·        Irrigation-driven improvements, ·        Waterway protection; and ·        Environmental stewardship “We were surprised and honoured to win this award.  There are so many farmers around who I look up to and seek advice from who could easily have won it, so for us to be named Supreme winners across Australia and New Zealand was very humbling.  Mr Tole said. “We also acknowledge the dedicated staff within our operations because without their commitment to achieving our goals, these results wouldn’t be possible and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are now.  Head judge for the Awards Ms. Keri Johnston noted that judges were looking for innovation in water management, steps taken to ensure sustainable water use on farm, and an obvious passion for protecting one of our most precious natural resources. “The Tole’s exemplified all of these attributes both on their own farm and through their work supporting other irrigators. Being on the front foot in adopting new technology and ideas has been pivotal to their success. Mr. James Craft of Zimmatic ANZ, says that the Awards acknowledge innovative farming operators and reward them for the vital role they play in the primary sector. “We were extremely impressed by the calibre of applications for the Award and the excellence being practiced by these farmers who are focussed on improving their irrigation and water management,” he said. “The Awards are an opportunity to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening Australia’s success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming. We really look forward to the Awards becoming a regular feature of the agricultural calendar in Australia and New Zealand. Having worked in various agricultural roles on broadacre, feedlot and intensive industries in Tasmania, WA and NZ and studying at agricultural college, Mr Tole returned to the family farm in 2000.  With only a small amount of irrigation in place he started with a clean slate in terms of irrigation layout which has evolved over time to achieve the irrigation operation they have today. When asked what he believed set him apart from the other finalists Mr Tole said it was a combination of things such as their focus on efficient drainage systems, application of variable rate irrigation and an enthusiasm for technology and innovation.  Mr Tole runs his own irrigation contracting business installing surface drainage and leveling for other farmers and he also volunteers for a number of community and industry organisations. Encouraging other irrigators to enter the Award in future Mr Tole said, “Even though I was hesitant at first myself, I would absolutely encourage other farmers to enter and give it a go as you learn so much about your own operation in the process of applying” “It is also really important to get the message to urban communities and our customers, that irrigation farmers are managing the water and soil resources really well and this Award helps to do that. “We also acknowledge Zimmatic for running the Trailblazer Award and the organisations who have supported them such as Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd, Ag Logic Pty Ltd and Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) because without them the Award simply couldn’t happen.  We were pleasantly surprised by the prizes that were given to us, not only as the Award winner, but even for being named as finalists – the Award partners were very generous. As the overall winners we have won, among other things, an overseas trip for two to the USA, when international travel is once again feasible” In the New Zealand category of the Awards, Ted and Sue Rollinson of mid-Canterbury, NZ took out the honours having impressed judges with their complete conversion of their 380ha flood irrigation system to spray irrigation. - End – For information about the Awards: www.irrigationtrailblazer.com About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fibre and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® centre pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit www.lindsay.com. FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries. Aussie crops set to be saved with school leavers ‘PickPacking’ their way around the country 2020-11-26T02:58:44Z aussie-crops-set-to-be-saved-with-school-leavers-pickpacking-their-way-around-the-country With international backpacking no longer an option, a new initiative by social enterprise Thankful4Farmers is calling on school leavers to create an alternative rite-of-passage by PickPacking their way around the country for the adventure of a lifetime, while helping save the livelihoods of farmers facing unparalleled labour shortages as a result of COVID-19. A dedicated Go and Pick website, launched today, is a one-stop information platform for 18-25 year olds to connect with employers, review job opportunities and a suite of support resources, including government relocation grants, Austudy benefits and more. Thankful Founder and CEO, Kim McDonnell said: “There has been widespread public discussion about the potential impact of harvest labour shortage on Australia’s farmers and their crops, and the flow-on effects on availability and cost of fruit and veg for consumers. Go And Pick aims to tackle these issues by tapping into new gap year options for Australian school leavers with the intention that, over time, the campaign will reduce Australian farmers’ long-term reliance on overseas and seasonal labour. Ms McDonnell acknowledges that in the past fruit picking has been regarded the poor cousin to overseas gap year travel but says the tide is turning. “There are some fantastic opportunities for school-leavers including benefits and rewards plus it’s a wonderful way to meet new people, make some money, and travel around one of the most beautiful countries in the world”. Sydney raised 19 year old, Guy Nicol, is currently at university in Canberra and looking to be a PickPacker to support his studies in environment and sustainability. “I’ve just finished my first year at uni and I’d really like to get out into regional New South Wales and work at either a cherry or tomato farm as it is relevant to my degree. “I’m currently researching accommodation and then I’ll be able to decide where to go. I’m really excited by the opportunity and what I will learn,” said Guy. Discussions are currently in place to create labelling on the fruit and veg with QR codes that show the personal journey of the PickPacker and creating opportunities for proud PickPacker parents to share their child’s accomplishments. “Ultimately we want our PickPackers to receive the acknowledgement their hard work deserves and to feel a strong sense of pride knowing the difference they’ve made to farmers and consumers,” Ms McDonnell added. To find out more information and follow the journey visit goandpick.com.au -ends- About The New GAP Year – Go and Pick Each year Australian farmers rely on overseas seasonal workers and backpackers to help harvest fruit and vegetables. COVID-19 has closed borders and The Seasonal horticulture labour demand and workforce study, completed by EY, estimates that Australia's fruit and vegetable farmers need an additional 26,000 workers to harvest their crops. The New GAP Year aims to fill the labour void with Australian school leavers unable to fulfil their traditional rite-of-passage by heading overseas backpacking; instead they are being encouraged to become PickPackers- doing good, while earning money, learning new skills and having an Aussie adventure of a lifetime. #thenewgapyear #goandpick #pickpackers #thankful4farmers #thankful4pickers About Thankful4Farmers The Thankful4Farmers initiative aims to celebrate the important and significant contribution of farmers and agriculture to Australia’s culture and economy. Through Go and Pick, Thankful4Farmers is unifying brands and industries to amplify support and multiply the impact, bringing industries together to make the BIGGEST difference to address this national challenge to encourage Aussies to PickPack in regional and rural Australia. For more information visit thankful4farmers.com.au. Finalists announced in irrigation excellence award 2020-07-27T23:41:07Z finalists-announced-in-irrigation-excellence-award (Australia) – July 20 - Finalists in the Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards have been announced, with four outstanding irrigation farmers being selected by the judging panel from the Australia region.   The Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards, launched this year, celebrates excellence and recognises farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship. The Awards are open to irrigating farmers in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian finalists for 2020 are: ·        Evan Ryan of “Clontarf”, Yarrawonga, Victoria who runs a1000ha property (586ha irrigated) producing broadacre winter and summer grain, hay and fibre production. ·        Stephen Eyles of Hillcrest Family Trust, Selbourne, Tasmania whose 400ha property (250ha irrigated) includes mixed cropping, sheep and fat lambs. ·        Rob and Eliza Tole of “Greenvale”, Cressy, Tasmania who run a mixed cropping and livestock operation on a 560ha property with 350ha irrigated. ·        Brendan Watson of Kilter Rural, Lake Boga, Victoria who runs a large irrigated cropping enterprise with 3,000-ewe sheep flock on 9070ha with 3730ha irrigated. Mr. James Craft of Zimmatic ANZ, says that the Awards acknowledge innovative farming operators and reward them for the vital role they play in the primary sector. “We have been extremely impressed by the calibre of applications for the Award and the excellence being practiced by these farmers who are focused on improving their irrigation and water management,” he said. “The Awards are an opportunity to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening Australia’s success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming. “They have been supported by Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd, Ag Logic Pty Ltd and the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) as Zimmatic’s Australian partners in delivering this prestigious awards program.” Applicants were shortlisted and assessed by a judging panel of irrigation and industry professionals who undertook an in-depth review of the four categories judged including delivering efficient, innovative irrigation while protecting waterways and leading environmental stewardship of the irrigation community. Independent judge Dr. Pat Hulme noted that the finalists had included farmers with an incredible diversity of enterprises, yet they had a common focus on resource management. “Each of the finalists had, in their own way, adopted practises and technology to better match irrigation water supply with crop demand. They all had an eye to the long-term health of their land and water assets, and played an active role in the irrigation community,” he said. “What the judges were looking for was innovation in water management, steps taken to ensure sustainable water use on farm, and an obvious passion for protecting one of our most precious natural resources.” The finalists are now, alongside the New Zealand finalists, in the running to be named the overall winner of the Award, which will be announced later this year once on-farm judging has occurred. “We look forward to announcing the overall winner in due course.  And beyond that, Zimmatic ANZ hopes that the Awards become an on-going, well-recognised event in the agricultural calendar,” said Mr Craft. - End – For media enquiries, please contact Dee Wilkes-Bowes: dee@saucecommunications.com.au; Mob: 0427 006 404 For information about the Awards: www.irrigationtrailblazer.com About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fibre and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® centre pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit www.lindsay.com.   FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries.   Worldwide licence for new UQ synthetic zeolite processing technology secured by Metalsearch (MSE) 2020-04-07T03:12:30Z worldwide-licence-for-new-uq-synthetic-zeolite-processing-technology-secured-by-metalsearch-mse Aspiring industrial mineral and compound producer, Metalsearch (MSE) has secured an exclusive worldwide licence for a unique newly developed synthetic zeolite processing technology that has the potential to significantly lower the cost of production for this widely applied input. Used in a broad range of applications including-water treatment (purification and separation), detergent builders and cracking processes in the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries, the 2019 global synthetic zeolite market was estimated at USD $5.64 billion 1 The Licence Agreement, from UniQuest, the technology transfer company of The University of Queensland (UQ), will see UniQuest join the MSE share register. UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering Associate Professor James Vaughan and Dr Hong (Marco) Peng developed the unique approach to manufacture synthetic zeolites from kaolin feedstock. UQ’s processing technology is a synergistic fit to MSE’s Abercorn Project, as the primary feedstock is kaolin. The Company’s Abercorn kaolin mineralisation prospect in Queensland has the potential to extract marketable volumes of higher-grade Al2O3 feedstock. Experienced former Westpac Group senior corporate banker, Peter Zardo, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MSE to drive commercialisation of the patent-pending technology and development of MSE’s Abercorn Project. The technology will potentially fast track development of the Abercorn Project, with a low capital cost to reach commercial production, utilising the company’s existing kaolin feedstock. It also provides MSE with opportunities to monetise broader application of the technology outside the company by offering a significantly lower cost method of manufacturing zeolites compared to current production processes. Under lab conditions, UQ demonstrated up to 70% reduction in energy in the thermal activation stage and up to 80% reduction in production time in subsequent zeolite precipitation steps. These results also underpin a process that could expand the application of synthetic zeolites, by reducing costs and making their unique frameworks more accessible to wider applications. The technology will allow MSE to pursue sub-licensing agreements to existing synthetic zeolite manufacturers and end users. MSE believes a materially lower cost of production for synthetic zeolites could accelerate the transition away from phosphate use to environmentally friendly detergent builders. Quotes attributable to Dr. Dean Moss, CEO, UniQuest: “UniQuest is very pleased to have partnered with MSE for this promising UQ technology. The technology used to produce the synthetic zeolite has shown potential to reduce energy consumption and time, compared to traditional methods in lab experiments. With the MSE licence in place and an associated research agreement to follow shortly, we are excited to support MSE to explore broader use across multiple industry applications and further commercialise the technology to create change.” Quotes attributable to Mr Peter Zardo, COO, Metalsearch: “It’s an exciting time to join Metalsearch with the addition of innovative new technology that has the potential to disrupt the synthetic zeolite manufacturing market. Our relationship with The University of Queensland continues to strengthen and we now have a significant opportunity to leverage our Abercorn deposit and combine it with world leading kaolin technology. We are committed to extracting the significant benefits of this opportunity and commercialising it for MSE’s Abercorn Project and broader market application. We would like to thank UQ and UniQuest for introducing this technology to MSE and enabling the licence agreement.” - ENDS - About Metalsearch Limited (MSE) MSE is an aspiring industrial mineral and compound producer listed on the ASX. The Company’s primary focus is on the development of its Queensland based Abercorn Project, a large-scale high quality kaolin prospect, and leveraging newly acquired kaolin centric technologies developed by the University of Queensland for potential commercial production of in demand compounds, including synthetic zeolites, high-purity alumina (HPA) and aluminium sulfate (ALUM). The Company also owns 100% of the Kraaipan Gold-Nickel-Copper-PGM Project in southern Botswana. There are no current activities at this site. About synthetic zeolites Synthetic zeolites are manufactured aluminosilicate minerals with a sponge-like structure (framework), made up of tiny pores that make them useful as frameworks for catalysts or ultrafine filters. They are commonly known as molecular sieves and can be designed to selectively adsorb smaller molecules or ions. The selectivity properties of different synthetic zeolites enable them to be effective in wastewater treatment applications, as detergent builders and water filters. The rise in adoption of synthetic zeolite based adsorbents in major end use industries including water treatment, chemicals and petrochemicals particularly in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America has boosted the growth of the market and this is expected to continue over the next decade. Rising environmental concerns regarding wastewater health hazards have triggered regulatory bodies across the globe to mandate the use of synthetic zeolite based adsorbents. The stringent regulatory norms specifically in the U.S. and Europe to disinfect both water and air have also been boosting the demand for adsorbents. Synthetic zeolites also play an important role as ion exchangers in many everyday dishwashing and laundry detergents, assisting to remove calcium and magnesium and soften water so they work more effectively. Synthetic zeolites are sought after as a detergent builder as they present an environmentally friendly substitute for toxic phosphates (which are banned in the USA, Europe, Australia and some parts of Asia). Synthetic zeolite is also used as a catalyst in the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries, in catalytic crackers to break large hydrocarbon molecules into gasoline, diesel, kerosene and waxes. In agriculture, synthetic zeolites are used in soil conditioners. Keeping buyers at the yards virtually during COVID-19 2020-04-03T05:52:53Z keeping-buyers-at-the-yards-virtually-during-covid-19 StockLive offers an innovative solution with its online auction and livestreaming platform. The platform allows buyers to view and bid on physical saleyard auctions from anywhere in the country. StockLive Manager Libby Hufton sees huge potential for the platform to support a strong market despite restrictions keeping buyers away from the auction rail. “We are working with a number of saleyards in NSW, VIC and QLD to ensure that the buying public can engage with their sales without them needing to physically attend the sale.” Users of StockLive, whether they be farmers, meat buyers or agents, can on any device, from anywhere participate on any interfaced sale. “Our platform is focussed on breaking down the physical barriers that have the potential to limit the agricultural industry. We believe that all vendors should have the opportunity to present their stock to the broadest array of buyers possible, which underpins a strong competitive market.” Physical auctions are critical to the industry and StockLive wants to make sure that they continue to assist producers in achieving a healthy return on their livestock by enabling online bidding by buyers in various saleyards across the country at the same time or on the same day. Ms Hufton noted, “Being able to provide services that ensure saleyards remain open so that vendors can sell livestock to a full complement of buyers is extremely important to the industry and the nation’s food supply during the uncertainty created by COVID-19.” The platform is already being utilised across the eight Regional Livestock Exchange facilities and there is strong interest from other saleyard operators and agents keen to see the system. Most recently the platform was launched at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange, Casino on 26th March for Day two of the 45th Annual Three Day Weaner Sale. The platform was used by 730 people with very positive feedback from agents, buyers and viewers. Regular StockLive user, Damian Atkins from Caveside, Tasmania has purchased store cattle from central NSW and northern Victoria over the past 12 months via the StockLive platform. Mr Atkins who has participated in over 25 auctions through StockLive noted, “The platform enables me to easily and reliably purchase livestock from the mainland via my laptop without leaving the farm. “I don’t have any downtime and the platform is easy to use so I can buy with confidence through a live interface to the physical auction. The cattle we have purchased through StockLive have transported seamlessly and are among the best of any cattle we have brought from the mainland”. The StockLive platform has been in use for many years, including the Elite Livestock Auctions platform, and is extremely robust and secure. The team provides training, on-site and phone support and documentation to ensure that operators are supported in the set up of the platform. “We know only too well the pressures of sale morning and the expectations on saleyard operators so we see the support we offer as crucial to making our platform work for everyone – from vendor and agent to operators and buyers,” said Ms Hufton. New Award to recognise excellence in irrigation 2020-03-04T07:46:27Z new-award-to-recognise-excellence-in-irrigation (Australia) – March 20 - The Australia and New Zealand Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards, launched today by Zimmatic ANZ will celebrate excellence and recognise farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship. The Awards will offer the Irrigation Trailblazer 2020 - Supreme Award winner a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the Zimmatic team, key irrigation industry individuals and other farmers on a trip to the USA valued at approximately AUD$9,000, to learn about the latest in irrigation technology and advancements. “We are focused on partnering with farmers and this Award is an opportunity for us to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening our country’s success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming, says Mr. James Craft of Lindsay ANZ. Zimmatic ANZ is very pleased to announce that that Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd and the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) are partners in delivering this prestigious award. Three applicants will be shortlisted in Australia and be visited by the judging panel of irrigation and industry professionals who will provide an in-depth review of the four categories judged. “These shortlisted finalists will receive additional feedback that benchmarks them against other entrants and acknowledges where they are leading the way, said Mr. Craft.  So, the process itself will be based around fostering best practice.” Zimmatic’s intention is for the Awards to become an on-going event in the agricultural calendar. The objective is to encourage conversations about practices and technology options for farmers to improve their irrigation and water management. It’s also about giving those farmers who are doing exceptional work a platform from which to share their stories with their peers and a wider audience.  Social media around the awards will be used to broaden the conversation about sustainable irrigation and water management and provide practical information for farmers. “We believe the process will help to illustrate the value of sustainable irrigation to our communities, environment and economy. It will highlight the role irrigation plays in the production of nutritious food and sustainable natural fibre, and how it is helping our economy thrive.” The responsible and efficient use of our precious water resources is key, and the Zimmatic Trailblazer Award celebrates excellence and recognises farmers demonstrating leadership in water management and environmental stewardship. “What the judges are looking for is innovation in water management, steps taken to ensure sustainable water use on farm, and an obvious passion for protecting one of our most precious natural resources.” - End - For information about the complete line of Zimmatic and FieldNET products and services, talk to your local Zimmatic dealer, or visit www.ZimmaticANZ.com About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fiber and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® center pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit www.lindsay.com.   FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries. Grid soil mapping helps farmers manage variability across multiple soil properties 2019-11-07T00:26:30Z grid-soil-mapping-helps-farmers-manage-variability-across-multiple-soil-properties The benefits of grid soil mapping in developing targeted strategies to address individual soil properties have been highlighted by a recent research project, conducted by Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd. The project investigated the use of grid soil mapping to measure a variety of surface soil chemical properties, and also explored the relationships between different soil characteristics observed in the grid mapped data. Over a 12-month period in 2018, Precision Agriculture tested and mapped approximately 100,000 hectares of agricultural land across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania. Principal Scientist with Precision Agriculture, Dr Kirsten Barlow, said results from 289 paddocks – almost 10,000 grid soil samples -where multiple soil properties were measured, were used in this project. “The grid soil sampling divides each paddock into small grids, generally a two-hectare grid, although this varies across industries,” Dr Barlow said. “We collected 0-10cm soil cores within each grid on a diagonal transect that zig-zagged through the paddock, with the samples then sent to a commercial, accredited laboratory for analysis. “The soil tests varied notably between and within each paddock.” Soil pH – the acidity or alkalinity of the soil – generally had the lowest variation, while Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), which influences the ability of the soil to supply plant nutrients (calcium, magnesium and potassium) and Exchangeable Sodium Percentage (ESP) had the greatest variability within a paddock. The investigation into the relationships between the different soil tests also revealed wide variations. While some soil characteristics such as pH and CEC were well correlated in some paddocks, for most other characteristics up to 75% of paddocks had no consistent trends between the soil test data. Dr Barlow said soil acidity and sodicity are common constraints limiting crop performance, which can be addressed through variable rate applications of lime and gypsum, while nutrients such as phosphorus can be more strategically targeted through variable rate fertiliser applications. “Grid soil mapping provides a comprehensive measure of the variation in soil properties across the paddock,” Dr Barlow said. “Where multiple soil properties are measured, separate, more targeted, variable rate strategies can be developed for each soil constraint to ameliorate individual soil properties.” Further details on the results of the study can be found at: https://precisionagriculture.com.au/grid-soil-mapping-defines-the-variability-in-multiple-soil-properties/ World-class technologies setting the benchmark for irrigation efficiencies in Australia 2019-10-16T08:44:25Z world-class-technologies-setting-the-benchmark-for-irrigation-efficiencies-in-australia World-class technologies setting the benchmark for irrigation efficiencies in Australia   PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 October, 2019   (Australia) – October 19 -  Lindsay Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, has announced the launch of two new, customer-driven irrigation solutions designed to help Australian growers improve productivity and conserve resources.   The release of Next Gen Zimmatic® Controllers and a new Pivoting Lateral will give growers greater control over their irrigation, save energy and help increase irrigable land. “We’re excited to be launching these two new products – both of which will provide efficiencies for growers at a time when they need it the most. Australian farmers are looking to maximise yields with fewer inputs and this state-of-the-art technology helps them make the most of their valuable irrigation water, while boosting productivity at the same time,” said Richard Hall, Lindsay Regional Manager SE Asia, Australia/NZ. Next Gen Zimmatic  Controllers are designed to make remote monitoring and control capabilities even more accessible. They’re simple to use and provide quick adjustments to water depth, allowing growers to be responsive to weather conditions.   The full range of Next Gen Zimmatic Controllers includes the 500C, the 700C and the 712C. Features include: Smart barrier automation that provides a simple method for irrigating part circles, enabling the pivot to automatically reverse, return and stop at your original starting point. Simple yet sophisticated Advanced Plan creation – making it easier than ever for growers to create custom, accurate irrigation programs unique to each field. Smart alignment that provides real-time, visual feedback when confirming machine alignment. Over-the-air serviceability making software and firmware updates and addition of future feature enhancements easier than ever. More end gun areas and management capabilities. Additional input and output ports for immense flexibility in adding other accessories and sensors. An easier-than-ever interface based on mobile app design principles provides users with intuitive operation in the field and via the FieldNET™ mobile app. Each controller comes FieldNET-ready, allowing farmers to view and control their irrigation systems from virtually anywhere. FieldNET is the industry’s leading remote irrigation management tool, featuring integrated water, fertiliser, chemigation and scheduling solutions that reduce costs for growers by saving water, energy and time in the field. Zimmatic 9520PL is a new Pivoting Lateral that is a cost-effective, yet technologically advanced solution to irrigate more land with tremendous flexibility. Its exclusive optical barrier offers more programming flexibility than physical barricades, and GPS technology enhances accuracy, saves time and requires less maintenance than furrow-guided machines.   The Zimmatic 9520PL is ideally suited to irrigating high‑value crops especially on large, irregular-shaped fields where multiple traditional centre pivot and lateral-move systems may not be cost‑effective.   “The grower decides how to use this product most effectively and this customised control gives them the ability to irrigate in difficult areas - meaning farmers can meaningfully increase the amount of land they can irrigate which is a huge step forward,” said Mr Hall.   Both the Zimmatic 9520PL and Next Gen Zimmatic Controllers are expected to be available in Australia by the end of the calendar year.   “We are proud that Lindsay continues to lead the way in developing innovative irrigation solutions in response to the changing needs of farmers - particularly during this challenging period when Australian growers are becoming more reliant on equipment that produces on-farm efficiencies,” concluded Mr Hall.   For information about the complete line of Zimmatic and FieldNET products and services, talk to your local Zimmatic dealer, or visit www.ZimmaticANZ.com   For media enquiries, please contact Dee Wilkes-Bowes: dee@saucecommunications.com.au; Mob: 0427 006 404   Please note high resolution images of equipment are available on request. About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fiber and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® center pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit www.lindsay.com.   FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries.   Precision Agriculture grows its South Australian network with new appointment 2019-09-18T06:45:05Z precision-agriculture-grows-its-south-australian-network-with-new-appointment Leading agriculture technology services provider Precision Agriculture (PA) is pleased to appoint Mark Bastian to the position of Area Manager, Southern Region, marking the start of an exciting growth period in the company’s South Australian operations.   Based in Adelaide, Mark has returned to his South Australian roots after working in farm machinery sales in different parts of Australia over the past 10 years. His most significant role was as National Sales Manager for Techgrow, a company specialising in fertiliser spreaders, and he has also held positions with John Deere and Agrifac.   But it’s his passion for soil science which attracted Mark to this new role, and the chance to be part of a company which is at the forefront of precision agriculture.   “Soil science is something I have a strong interest in, so working for PA is a great fit,” Mark said. “The fact that the company isn’t aligned to a particular brand, but rather is focused on consulting work, is something that I found really appealing.”   After receiving a Rural Business Management Degree at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong, Mark went to work on broadacre cropping properties to see firsthand how farm enterprises are managed. His experience in the following years with Techgrow highlighted the importance of precision agriculture and the benefits it can bring to farmers in southern Australia.   “I’m keen to work with farmers to maximise the potential of their farming enterprises and spread awareness of Precision Agriculture and the services we provide. Our key offering is Gridmap Soil Sampling and it’s important that growers have a thorough understanding of their soils. There’s a lot of emphasis on what goes into a crop above the ground but it all really starts from the ground up, and it’s important to know what’s going on below the surface.”   Mark will join the PA team at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days held in Paskeville from September 24 – 26. The display will focus on the company’s extensive range of services, including yield mapping, GPS guidance management, crop surveillance, digital farm mapping, farm productivity assessments, variable rate applications, surface water management, soil management plans and on-farm trials.   “It’s a great networking opportunity for us and we’re looking forward to introducing Precision Agriculture and its suite of services to the wider South Australian farming community” Mark said.     Precision Agriculture will be located at site number 4, in ‘The Shed’ at Yorke Peninsula Field Days. To contact Mark Bastian please call 0417815303 or email mark.bastian@precisionagriculture.com.au   New Precision Agriculture CEO fresh from Asian leadership role 2019-05-30T00:59:09Z new-precision-agriculture-ceo-fresh-from-asian-leadership-role Precision Agriculture is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Todd Buck to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), commencing on 11 June 2019. Todd has spent most of his career in global agribusiness including over 20 years in Asia, most recently as the Asia Pacific agribusiness lead for global consulting firm Accenture.    “Todd is a highly experienced executive with an exceptional track record in agribusiness and the food industry,” said Mike Chaseling, Executive Chairman of Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd (PA). In this role, he will oversee the implementation and development of the Company’s research based, commercial precision agricultural services as we enter a phase of expansion in what is a very exciting period for Australian agriculture.   “Todd is a highly impressive talent, known for having exceptional business vision as well as being a strong and collaborative leader of geographically and culturally diverse teams. The appointment was made after a highly competitive selection process which attracted a strong field of candidates.”   Todd’s role with Accenture has focused on working with industry to address a diverse range of agribusiness challenges through the application of technology, data leverage, process automation, blockchain, robotics and other digital solutions. His prior roles included Head of International Sales and Marketing for Golden Agri Pte Lte, a major South East Asian palm oil producer and manufacturer, and General Manager for Goodman Fielder’s Asian operations based in Singapore. Todd holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Curtin) and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Monash).    Commenting on his appointment Todd said: “I am excited to be joining the PA team at such a fascinating time for Australian agriculture, when new technologies and methodologies hold so much promise in terms of delivering innovation and efficiencies for Australian agricultural producers. The Precision Agriculture business is at the forefront of having these opportunities delivered on farm. I am very much looking forward to working collaboratively with PA’s staff and research partners, clients and industry to deliver the tangible benefits of precision agriculture to growers in the field.”   Todd will relocate from Singapore to Ballarat where he and his family will be based.  -Ends- Precision farming to tackle climate change 2019-03-27T03:01:31Z precision-farming-to-tackle-climate-change 27 March 2019 Precision farming to tackle climate change Managing the effects of climate change is likely to be an ongoing priority for Australian farmers, with adaption and resilience being key. Precision Agriculture has welcomed a commitment by the Australian Government to boost funding to the Climate Change Fund which is designed to help meet the challenges, but also notes the need for farmers to have access to appropriate tools, technologies and advice for it to be truly valuable.   “We are keen to ensure farmers can access this fund to benefit the environment and their own bottom line, because being financially viable is essential to true sustainability,” said Mike Chaseling, Executive Chairman of Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd (PA).  We find that farmers are quick to see the potential for precision farming techniques which deliver production and environmental benefits.”   Dr Steven Crimp, a climate applications scientist with the Climate Change Institute (CCI) at the Australian National University, recently noted that current climate trends indicated that a warming pattern was likely to continue, with record-breaking hot summers and changes in rainfall patterns presenting challenges for Australian grain growers with the potential for significant impacts on crop yields.   Speaking at a recent Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) Grain Research Update, held in Goondiwindi Qld on the impact of climate change on northern farming systems, Dr Crimp noted: “When it comes to adapting to the projected climate changes, the initial actions grain growers could take are really extensions of what they are currently doing to manage climate variability.”   PA is one of Australia’s most experienced providers of precision agriculture technology and strategies to farmers and is seeing first-hand how precision tools can reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment. An example of this is their work with Gippsland dairy farmers, consultants and researchers to demonstrate the agronomic, economic and environmental benefits of using Variable Rate Application to match fertiliser application with soil and plant needs.   By using tools such as grid soil sampling, electromagnetic induction (EM38) soil mapping and elevation surveys, the project has built a detailed picture of soil health. The project has already identified substantial variability in pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, both between and within paddocks on each farm. These spatial soil maps will allow farmers to fine tune their fertiliser application, spreading only the amount required in each part of the paddock.    This approach has the potential to deliver economic benefits, with a more efficient use of fertiliser, and significant environmental benefits, through a reduction in the nitrous oxide emissions that are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.    In a separate project, PA worked with the Little River catchment near Geelong (Victoria) which supports approximately 20,000 ha of broadacre cropping that is regularly fertilised with specifically nitrogen-based fertiliser. The project demonstrated how accurate calculation of nitrogen rates to match crop needs, minimised the potential for over-fertilisation and reduced the impact of excess nutrients leaving the farms as runoff into major waterways and into Port Philip Bay.   “Farmers are, by default, tackling climate change issues, not just because of our connection to the land but also because optimising the inputs of production aligns with our long-term sustainability goals, said Mike Chaseling.   The need to adapt and manage for climate change will continue and, for its part, PA is keen to continue to work with growers, industry and government to deliver applied research and on-farm services to enable agriculture to beat the climate change challenge.”   -ends-   For media enquiries, please contact Dee Wilkes-Bowes: dee@saucecommunications.com.au or 0427 006 404   Nominations Now Open - 2018 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards 2018-07-03T00:06:16Z call-for-nominations-2018-australia-post-one-netball-community-awards CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2018 AUSTRALIA POST ONE NETBALL COMMUNITY AWARDS To celebrate diversity and inclusion in netball communities across Australia, nominations are now open for the 2018 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards. The Awards shine a light on individuals, clubs and associations who go above and beyond to ensure everyone, regardless of background, skill or ability is welcome in netball. Australia Post General Manager of Marketing and Community, Andrea Pearman, said the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards reveal the unsung heroes contributing to more inclusive communities. “We believe welcoming and inclusive sporting environments improve attitudes and behaviours towards people from different backgrounds, building empathy and understanding. Through the Awards we’re excited to celebrate those who open their netball club doors, welcome new faces and use the power of sport to help communities work better for everyone. “Diversity and inclusion come in many forms and our previous winners have been recognised for supporting the engagement of LGBTIQ communities, multicultural and Indigenous Australians, socio-economically disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities and rural and regional communities. We have no doubt that this year the nominations will be as equally inspiring.” Caitlin Thwaites, Collingwood Magpies and Australian Diamonds netball player, and Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, said the network of individuals, clubs and associations creating inclusive netball environments is growing every year. “As an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, the most rewarding part of the program is being able to spend time with the incredible individuals that make up the amazing group of One Netball Community Award winners,” said Thwaites. “I feel incredibly privileged to meet people from towns and cities across Australia doing such extraordinary things to break down barriers in the community through netball, which really goes back to the grassroots level of what I love about the sport. It’s truly inspirational to have such amazing people in our clubs and associations and to have them recognised through these Awards spreads the goodwill and encourages others to get involved.” Netball Australia CEO, Marne Fechner, said the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards recognise those in our netball communities who are making a genuine difference. “Sporting clubs are the beating heart of the community and a great way to bring people together, breaking down barriers to open the door to people regardless of race, religion or gender. “It’s great that netball can make such an important contribution to local communities around Australia,” Fechner said. Nominations for the Australia Post One Netball Community Awards are now open at onenetball.org.au and close at midnight (AEST) on Sunday 29 July 2018. Up to eight winners will be selected by an independent judging panel and announced on Thursday 16 August 2018. About One Netball Australia Post is the Community and Social Inclusion Partner of Netball Australia, and together they have partnered to deliver the Australia Post One Netball Program (One Netball) since 2014. The program aims to engage Australia’s increasingly diverse communities through the sport of netball with the message that everyone, regardless of background or ability, is welcome. -ENDS- IMAGES: 1: 2018 Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors Caitlin Thwaites (Australian Diamonds Vice Captain / Collingwood Magpies) and Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens) with players from the Itiki Sporting Club (the Club founder was a 2016 recipient of the Awards). 2: Caitlin Thwaites – 2018 Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, Australian Diamonds Vice Captain and Collingwood Magpies netball player. 3: Caitlin Thwaites with Itiki Sporting Club players. MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Please contact Lynn Semjaniv Sauce Communications on 0481 004 797. Flexible Work Models Linked to Privacy Risks 2018-07-02T22:46:16Z flexible-work-models-linked-to-privacy-risks MELBOURNE, 3 July 2018 –  A trend toward greater flexibility in working arrangements is here to stay, but alongside its obvious benefits, latest research shows an increase in the risk for breaches of confidential customer data. The 2018 Shred-it State of the Industry Report found that whilst 63 percent of organisations acknowledge the higher risk of a data hack or information breach when employees work off-site, many have not adequately addressed information security in remote working policies. Shred-it’s Security Tracker survey revealed concerning statistics that highlight the information and data security risks currently threatening Australian businesses - both small and large. Despite their legal obligations, only 50 percent of all respondents have a strong understanding of the legislative requirements to adequately protect their customers’ confidential information. “In the current environment of heightened concerns around information security and privacy, business leaders need ensure that they protect their customers from potential security risks and breaches whilst simultaneously managing an evolving workplace” says Tom Bell, Country Manager, Shred-it Australia. Flexible working arrangements can bring a myriad of benefits to businesses and employees; the ability to work with customers on-site, achieve work-life balance, enhance employee satisfaction and cut down on office space costs. Almost a third (3.5 million) of all employed persons regularly worked from home in their main job or business in 2016 and this trend is likely to have continued.[1] The Security Tracker research showed that a majority (53 percent) of businesses have employees using flexible or off-site working arrangements. Most respondents (67 percent) also believe that the option to work remotely is becoming increasingly important, especially those in the business services and public service sectors. Click here for Full Report However, preparedness to ensure security of information when employees work off-site does not match these expectations. Only 40 percent of small businesses have policies in place for storing and disposing of confidential information when working off-site, despite customers ranking the protection of their personal information as a high priority. Across all respondents, just 56 percent claim that their organisation has security protocols in place for employees using electronic devices that contain confidential information while working off-site. Even when an organisation has comprehensive policies in place, these are only effective if employees are diligent in their application. Yet, only 55 percent of respondents regularly train their staff on information-security procedures or policies. Alongside higher rates of remote working are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies whereby employees use their own device for work, increasing productivity and employee satisfaction. However, there are risks, to be avoided, with the adoption of these policies, as BYOD also increases the opportunity of data theft, data leakage and malware intrusion caused by a device being connected to an organisation’s network. “In an age of digital communication, the importance of physical materials, such as paper, is sometimes overlooked,” said Mr Bell. “For instance, our research shows that 59 percent of respondents think paper use will stay the same or increase over the next year, leaving organisations vulnerable to the loss or theft of paper based private information.” Already ‘dumpster divers’ search waste paper for documents to facilitate fraud and it is very easy for them to target employees who may have printed at home and unthinkingly thrown out. The report also showed that 10 percent of respondents reported lost or stolen equipment, and of these, around half (48 percent) indicated that sensitive company data was put at risk as a result. This rose to 60 percent of C-Suite respondents. “The research shows that businesses need to respond to the multiple challenges of managing workforce engagement, customer expectations and legal obligations in terms of information security,” concluded Mr Bell. “Opportunities exist for businesses to do this successfully by putting in place the policies, practices, training and above all, a culture, to deliver on information security.” Click here for Infographic -ENDS- For more information: Dee Wilkes-Bowes Sauce Communications (for Shred-it) T: 0427 006 404 E: dee@saucecommunications.com.au   About Shred-it Shred-it is a world-leading information security company providing information destruction services that ensure the security and integrity of our customers private information. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the US based business to business services company Stericycle, Shred-it operates in 170 markets throughout 19 countries worldwide, servicing more than 400,000 global, national and local businesses. For more information, please visit www.shredit.com.au.   About the 2018 Security Tracker Study Ipsos conducted a quantitative online survey of two distinct sample groups: Small Business Owners (SMO) in Australia (n=1,003) with fewer than 100 employees, and C-Suite Executives in Australia (n=100), with a minimum of 100 employees. Data for Small Business Owners is weighted by region. Data for C-Suite Executives is unweighted as the population is unknown. The precision of Ipsos online surveys are calculated via a credibility interval.  In this case, the Australia SBO sample is considered accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points had all Australian small business owners been surveyed, and the Australia C-Suite sample is accurate to within +/- 11.2 percentage points had all Australian C-Suite Executives been surveyed. The fieldwork was conducted between April 9th and April 21st, 2018. In addition to the quantitative online survey, Ipsos conducted a short omnibus survey among a gen pop sample of n=1,000 Australians about data protection and security. [1] ABS, 2016