- 1. Ingham chicken has become a public company, with shares being offered at $3.15.
- 2. A new supercomputer at the Bureau of Meteorology worth $77 million has been switched on. The computer will give farmers access to more geographically accurate weather predictions.
- 3. Men are now allowed to join the Queensland Country Women’s Association with a special non-voting membership.
- 4. The ACCC has found that wholesalers and market agents are mistreating horticultural growers by missing payments and forcing down prices. They have installed a code of conduct to improve the situation.
- 5. New quality standards have been implemented by the Australian Mango Industry Association, focusing on colour and taste.
- 6. Premium Norwegian clothing label Devold will begin importing Australian wool for their clothes, using Australian quality as a prominent aspect of their marketing.
- 7. Experts are trying to harvest clean energy from the processes involved in producing compost in Australia. This is already being done in Europe, allowing compost producers to sell energy and gas back to the grid.
- 8. Malaysian meat importers have warned that Australian beef is over 4 times more expensive than Indian buffalo meat, limiting Australian ability to export.
- 9. The Margaret River High School has developed an 18 hectare farm on which students grow their own food. They are aiming to encourage young people to start careers producing food in the area.
- 10. Analysts are predicting that the upcoming American election will influence Australia. If Trump wins, trading and exporting will become more difficult for Australians because of his xenophobic policies.
5 Biggest Mistakes When Building A Backyard Shed
Not laying a solid foundation
This is an absolute must – if you don’t put some time into making sure your foundations will last as long as your shed, you’ll run into trouble. Heavy winds can tear sheds out of the ground if they aren’t built on proper foundations.
Not securing a permit
It’s an inconvenient truth that any type of building activity needs to be checked with your local council. There are heaps of different kinds of permits required for different activities, so you’ll need to give them a call before you even start planning.
Not considering the location
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing your shed location. Can you easily access the shed? Will trees or bushes grow to make access difficult? Have you placed your shed under a tree that drops a lot of fruit or leaves? Does your shed capture evening sunlight (this can be terrible in the peak of summer and make the shed unusable).
Not considering weather
This is mostly important when you’re choosing your building materials. If you’re looking at a wooden shed, weathering is a big factor. Swelling and deterioration for wooden sheds is common.
Not considering maintenance costs
It’s an easy one to forget, but the material you choose will change how much effort does into your shed down the line. Metal sheds; almost no maintenance. Wooden sheds; maintenance every 4-5 years.
We take care of permits, install proper foundations and use only the best Australian steel. To see some of our shed builds, take a look at the gallery.