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SmartFarmer • April 2015
Free referral service Dial Before You Dig directs enquiries to underground
asset owners such as Telstra, SA Water and SA Power Networks who then
map out the safest way to proceed.
Dial service ensures safe
excavation on farmland
THERE are numerous underground
networks carrying electricity, gas, tel-
ecommunications and water services
throughout SA, and many of them are under
Each year, unsafe excavation practices cause
several accidents on farmlands.
Neglecting to investigate underground serv-
ices can lead to costly disruptions in essential
services, and potential injury or death.
It can also lead to heavy financial penalties.
Lodging a ‘Dial Before You Dig’ enquiry is
important in rural areas, and the first step
when excavating for works such as fencing,
planting, constructing a dam or shed, or even
The free referral service directs enquiries to
underground asset owners, such as Telstra, SA
Water and SA Power Networks.
Asset owners then respond, generally by
email, with information about the location of
any underground pipes and cables, along with
details on how to safely proceed.
They will provide underground asset plans
with information on the location of pipes and
cables, and relevant contact numbers.
Contacting the service demonstrates a cru-
cial component of duty of care.
If it is not used, excavating significantly
increases the likelihood of damage to gas,
water, electricity, telecommunications and
other infrastructure. Damaging pipes and
cables can lead to service interruptions, delays
to work and costly repair bills.
In regional locations, any damage also has
the potential to cut off entire communities
from essential services.
It is important to note that as more under-
ground assets are being installed, the risk of
an excavation incident escalates. By simply
lodging an enquiry to locate underground
assets and then doing the right things on site,
this risk is considerably reduced.
There is also capability to use the GPS of a
smartphone to determine the worksite location
when lodging an enquiry from a mobile
Each enquiry will receive a confirmation,
detailing the dig site, contact details, and every
asset owner the enquiry will be sent to.
It is important to retain a copy of the
confirmation as proof in case there is any
• Details: Enquiries can be lodged at www.1100.
com.au, dialling 1100 during business hours or by
downloading the free iPhone app.
◗ Reduce risk by lodging enquiry
◗ Service contacts asset owners
◗ Neglect can lead to disruptions
Exclusion fence protects native animals on Mornington
NATIVE animals have received extra protection
from feral pests with the building of an exclusion
fence on the Mornington Peninsula, Vic.
The fence came through the donation of
$45,000 from the RE Ross Trust.
Senior conservation ranger at The Briars
Jarrod Ruch said the specially designed ‘floppy
top’ fence had all but eradicated pests from the
historic Victorian property’s 98-hectare enclosure.
“We run a feral check internally once a week
and there hasn’t been a single intrusion from
foxes or cats since we built the fence early last
year,” he said.
“We’re still seeing some rabbits, and once
they’re all gone we can start to explore opportu-
nities to introduce new species such as potoroos,
bandicoots and bettongs to the sanctuary.”
Mr Ruch worked with Waratah Fencing
territory sales manager Mark Wells to come up
with a new design to stop feral animals burrow-
ing underneath or climbing over the top of the
enclosure and killing Australian wildlife.
“The original fence was a two-metre game
fence, which was more suited to deer, not endan-
gered wildlife. It had no floppy top or skirting, so
cats and rabbits could easily get in,” he said.
“We’ve replaced the previous design with a
five kilometre, 2m high ‘floppy top’ fence using
Waratah Longlife netting and three electric wires.
“It’s designed in such a way that predators can
get out, but can’t get back in.
“With the support of Mount Martha Rotary
Club, we’ve also installed 70-centimetre wide
skirting internally and externally along the
fenceline to prevent the rabbits from burrowing
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