What We Do

We engage with the agricultural community to increase
awareness and change practice.

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Our Vision

SOS Macquarie Valley exists to educate, inform and enable better pesticide spray practices in the Macquarie Valley to ensure sustainable cropping and a safe community.

Our Mission

To engage the agricultural community and encourage practice change that reduces the occurrence of off-target drift and safer spraying techniques in the Macquarie Valley.

How we came about

Following several reports of spray drift damage in the Warren region in the summer of 2017-18, a group of concerned people from the Macquarie Valley agriculture industry formed a committee called the Stop Off-Target Spraying group to address the issue. They wanted to find a way for the community to work together to address a concern that damage to sensitive crops was increasing in frequency and area.

Following a productive meeting with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the group called a meeting of agronomists and chemical resellers in Dubbo in February 2018. After receiving overwhelming support for the industry to continue on a course of action to raise awareness of the potential dangers of spraying chemicals and promote safe spraying in the Macquarie Valley, the group became an incorporated association, known as SOS Macquarie Valley Incorporated (Association number 1800281). 

On formation in March 2018, committee members were:

  • Tony McAlary - Chair
  • Jeff Noonan - Secretary
  • Andrew Brewer - Treasurer
  • David Klaare
  • Maurie Street
  • Penny Heuston
  • Andrew Freeth
  • James Meers
  • Stewart Denston
  • Brett Mawbey 
  • Andrew Dickson.

 

How we do it

Our activities are designed to engage and educate to bring about improvements in on-target application efficiency that will reduce spray drift.

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