As the coronavirus COVID-19 situation evolves, Sunshine Sugar mills and refinery remain open. We are actively monitoring Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) advice regarding COVID-19. We are taking a calm and balanced approach, while implementing meaningful actions that prioritise the health and wellbeing of our people, customers and the community. We continue to work with our suppliers to locally produce 100% Australian sugar and have it available to our customers. 

Sugarcane growers across the Northern Rivers may find some of the resources we have compiled useful as we navigate what is set to a unique and unchartered season.

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Social Distancing

The more space between you and others, the harder it is for COVID 19 to spread. Social distancing actions, combined with good personal hygiene measures, must be exercised to reduce and stop the spread of COVID 19. Social Distancing Guidelines.

Casual vs Close Contact

Whether in casual or closecontact, social distancing protocols must have been followed. Casual versus Close Contact Guidelines.

Handwashing and Sanitiser Use

Knowing when to clean your hands and which method to use gives you the best chance of preventing sickness. Handwashing and Sanitiser Use Guidelines.

A number of growers have queried SRA regarding decontaminating surfaces in machines such as cabs of tractors and harvesters in relation to COVID-19. SRA’s Leader for Disease Management, Dr Rob Magarey, suggests the following, which incorporates advice from the World Health Organisation: 

https://sugarresearch.com.au/caneclip/farm-hygiene-with-covid-19/

General Workspace Cleaning Guide

Regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces using appropriate detergent and disinfectant solutions or wipes is effective at minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission. General Workspace Cleaning Guidelines.

Visitor Advice

It may be wise to ask some practical questions to any visitors to your property. For example:

Have you in the past 14 days travelled overseas?

To the best of your knowledge, have you or a member of your family comeinto contact with another individual that has recently travelled overseas?

Have you or any member of your family been in close contact with person(s)diagnosed with or person(s) suspected with COVID-19 or person(s) who havebeen quarantine at home during the last 14 days?

Have you been experiencing any of the following medical conditions?   

1. Fever (more than 37.5 degrees Celsius)

2. Runny nose

3. Shortness of breath

4. Cough

5. Sore throat

Entry Notice

You may wish to display a notice at the netry to your property. Access sample notice.

 
 

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

An EAP is a confidential counselling service, often provided by an external company, on behalf of an organisation.ipar is the company managing the EAP for Sunshine Sugar .Only qualified counsellors are employed by ipar to conduct this service.It is important to note that this service is both free and voluntary.Employees and Growers and their immediate families may access the programme by contacting ipar directly on 02 66 272608 or 0427 885 611.

 

 

Statement from Ag Minister

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says Australia’s food production and supply chain will not be affected by coronavirus shutdowns.

“The Commonwealth is guaranteeing food production and supply as we deal with the virus’s spread,” Minister Littleproud said. “I am in constant dialogue with farming groups, the States, supermarkets and my department to make sure there’s food on the table for all Australians. “As far as the Commonwealth is concerned, food production and supply is an essential service. “Feeding our nation is an essential service. “That means State-imposed border shutdowns will not affect agricultural supply chains. “The trucks carrying food and produce will get through to the shops. “Feed, hay, fertilizer and other agriculture products will continue being delivered to farms. “We’ve got plenty of supply and the freight lanes across the country are being kept clear. “Australians can be assured that their farmers will be able to keep producing the great food they’re renowned for the world over. “This food will arrive fresh and on time at their local supermarket the same as it’s always done but they don’t need added pressure of senseless hoarding. Australians should stay calm and know Australian agriculture will be there for them. “Maintaining food production, access to workers, agricultural supply lines, transportation and logistics is absolutely critical and will not be affected by any of the measures aimed at curbing the virus’s spread.”

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