Code of Practice History
The DPIRD ‘Time to Lime’ campaign increased awareness of the damaging effects of soil acidity on productivity, and the benefits of applying lime. Demand for liming products increased, and the agricultural lime industry in WA realised the need to begin self-regulation and promote responsible conduct.
Together with the Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development Western Australia, the Australian Fertiliser Services Association assisted the lime industry to develop the Agricultural Lime Industry Code of Practice. Funding support was granted by the Natural Heritage Trust as part of the National Landcare Program and the Code of Practice was adopted in 1999.
The Code addresses such issues as product quality, consistency and supply, dispute resolution, safety, mining, environmental and local government issues. The lime industry worked closely with AFSA, DPIRD, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety, Department of Water & Environmental Regulation, Local Government and the Dept of Transport to produce the Code.
Formation of Lime WA Inc
In 2004, lime producers in Western Australia formed an independent association to further advance industry issues and more actively promote the implementation of the Code of Practice.
At present, 18 accredited lime pits (representing some 80% by volume of agricultural lime supplied in WA) are operating under the Association’s Agricultural Lime Industry Code of Practice.
Some Important Goals
– To have the majority of soil ameliorant producers operating under guidelines set out in a specific industry Code of Practice.
– To promote the value of the industry Code of Practice to end users of liming products, as well as industry associates.
– To encourage the Association’s participation in regulatory input by being strongly committed to self-regulation.
– To have a united voice to communicate the needs of member producers to Government, other agencies, and industry bodies.
– To inform producers and industry associates informed about developments in the industry to ensure the group is pro-active in their approach to common issues.
– To set up an information network for access by lime users, advisors and suppliers.