All users must read and understand the information below before visiting UWA Farm Ridgefield.

You are a user if you are:

  • Undertaking work while on the farm
  • Staying at the farm
  • Supervising visitors or students on the farm, or
  • An external contractor on the farm

Please note that due to unforseen weather conditions your visit may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of the Farm Manager.

Code of ethics

  • The University’s Code of Ethics is a statement of the ethical principles, values and behaviours expected of all staff and students at UWA
  • The Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct form part of the University's contract of employment with its staff
  • Visiting staff and others acting in a voluntary capacity are expected to act in a manner consistent with the ethical and conduct obligations
  • Visit UWA policies for more information.

Code of conduct

  • The Code of Conduct details the legal and ethical obligations and expectations of all staff and students to act in accordance with the expressed standards of conduct, integrity and accountability contained in the relevant legislation
  • Visit UWA policies for more information.

The Farm: Address and contact details

The Farm address is 167 Page Road, West Pingelly. The main entrance to the farm is at the end of Page Road

The Farm Manager is Mr Steven Wainewright

Mobile: 0429 010 826

Email: steven.wainewright@uwa.edu.au

UHF Channel: 19

A google map to UWA Farm Ridgefield is on our Contact us page.

Visiting the farm

User induction

  • Everyone who undertakes work, stays at or supervises anyone at Ridgefield Farm is required to complete this user induction prior to their visit
  • PhD students visiting the farm unsupervised must complete this user induction
  • External contractors undertaking work at the farm must complete this user induction
  • Users must complete this induction annually
  • Supervisors must ensure that everyone they are supervising completes a visitor induction before their visit.

On arrival

  • Enter the farm via Page Road
  • Follow the signs and make your way directly to the Old Farmhouse carport
  • Report in with the Farm Manager when you arrive on 0429 010 826 or on Channel 19 on the two-way radio (portable two-way is located in the Old Farmhouse carport) for example “Steve are you on channel?” If there is no response, you must wait a while and try again.
  • Alternatively, text message the Farm Manager with your name and where you will be visiting on the farm. Please note mobile service is intermittent at Ridgefield. You may need to move to another area to be in range
  • All users MUST sign-in in the visitors’ book located in the Old Farmhouse carport.

If visiting other farms prior to Ridgefield please ensure vehicle equipment and personal footwear are free from biological hazards, for example animal faeces, weeds etc.

What to wear and what to bring

  • Make sure you carry enough water for the time you need to be on the farm
  • Wear protective clothing such as work boots, overalls, wide brimmed hat or wet weather gear as appropriate
  • Use sun block and sun glasses as needed
  • Phone service is limited on the farm so plan ahead!
  • Please note there is no Shire bin service at Ridgefield. Take all of your rubbish and excess project material when you leave the farm. If the Farm Manager is required to dispose of rubbish you will be charged a cleaning fee of $200.

Farm rules

General

  • Do not interfere with projects
  • Smoking is prohibited on the farm. Smoking is a fire hazard and UWA is a smoke-free workplace
  • Leave all farm gates how you find them - if it was open leave it open, if it was closed, close it again
  • Always sign-in and sign-out of the visitor's book (located in the Old Farmhouse carport)

Vehicles

  • Diesel vehicles ONLY are to be driven around the farm - petrol vehicles are a fire hazard
  • Complete Vehicle Movement Bans are often in place during summer harvest. This means no vehicle is allowed to drive around the farm
  • If your vehicle is not fitted with UHF, take a hand-held deviceinto the field with you. These devices are located beside the sign-in/sign-out book in the Old Farmhouse carport. Return them to the charger once you have finished
  • The speed limit on Page Road is 60km/h and must be adhered to. Complaints have been made from neighbours that visitors are not observing the speed limit
  • The speed limit throughout the farm is 30km/h at all times. Caution must be exercised.

Fire and vehicle movement bans

  • Fire and vehicle movement bans are put in place by the local shire or FESA on days where fire danger is high to extreme – this means NO VEHICLE is allowed to drive at all around the farm. It is YOUR responsibility to either call the fire ban hotline on (08) 9887 1265 or register your mobile for the free service provided by the Shire of Pingelly to be alerted of any bans that have been put in place via SMS. Call the Shire of Pingelly (08 9887 1066) to register for this service. Remember, Ridgefield has intermittent mobile phone coverage with some carriers so the text message service may not be ideal. If you are in a paddock and unsure if a fire ban exists, contact the Farm Manager on 0429 010 826 or Channel 19
  • Don’t use equipment that could cause a fire during the hot dry months!
  • If you are unsure, contact the Farm Manager
  • Be vigilant – fires are a serious dry season risk. If you spot a fire call the Farm Manager immediately.

Machinery

  • Beware large machinery is constantly being used around the farm. You are responsible for your own safety!
  • Do not attempt to operate farm vehicles, machinery or equipment without permission from the Farm Manager
  • Machinery should only be used after the necessary operating procedures have been explained and the operator has clearly proven competency with that particular machine to the Farm Manager.

Equipment

  • There are tools which are available for general use but you must obtain permission from the Farm Manager prior to use
  • All tools must be returned in a clean and undamaged state
  • You must demonstrate you can use them in a safe and correct manner
  • If you are unsure how to use any equipment please consult the Farm Manager
  • If you borrow tools and equipment from the shed, they must be returned at night in their appropriate places.

Damaged equipment/machinery/tools

If a machine/equipment malfunctions whilst in use:

  • Turn it off
  • Make it safe (i.e. apply the handbrake, tag the steering wheel or other visible area with a FAULTY TAG)
  • Report the malfunction to the Farm Manager and appropriate measures will be taken to repair it.

Responsibility for allocated areas

  • The responsibility for maintenance of allocated areas rests with the USER. The Farm Manager may ask users of poorly maintained areas to clean them up
  • The user is responsible for the clean up of their allocated area at the conclusion of their trial. This means the removal of pegs, string etc
  • On completion of this clean up, inform the Farm Manager so they can resume responsibility for the land and begin preparations for the next user
  • After use, all areas must be left clean and tidy, as you found them.

Agricultural chemicals

  • No agricultural chemicals (for example pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators) should be used without undergoing the appropriate training through AustChem WA.
  • Visit AustChem WA for available training courses. Alternatively, if available you may employ UWA farm staff to undertake the spraying.

Service requests

  • The Farm Manager may be available for limited periods to assist users on specific programs depending on work schedules
  • All requests must be submitted to the Farm Manager in advance
  • Charges may apply. Costs for the hire of farm machinery are included on our Visiting and researching at UWA Farm Ridgefield.

Undertaking research on the farm

Undertaking research on the farm

  • Prior to undertaking research on the farm, submit Application to Conduct Research form, which will be received by the Farm Manager Steven Wainewright.
  • If you wish to discuss any details or logistics of the application you can call the Farm Manager on: 0429 010 826.
  • Costs and fees for research projects at Ridgefield are included in the Application to Conduct Research form.
  • Once the application has been approved by the Farm Manager it will be forwarded onto the Future Farm 2050 Project Committee for their approval.

Animals at the farm

  • You must email the Farm Manager a copy of the relevant animal ethics approvals and permits prior to commencement of research.

Spraying

  • You must obtain permission from the Farm Manager prior to any spraying
  • You must have completed the appropriate AusChem WA training courses for spraying. Alternatively, if available you may employ UWA farm staff to undertake the spraying.
  • After applying any chemicals please email the Farm Manager ( steven.wainewright@uwa.edu.au) so the details can be recorded for the register. The details required are: type of chemical used (including the active ingredient) and the rate applied, weather conditions, area it was applied to, the operator who applied it and any other information which may be relevant, for example target species.

Farm accommodation

Prior to staying at the Old Farmhouse:

  • You must make a booking online
  • Read the Terms and conditions
  • Read the house rules, including the cleaning requirements, listed in the next section entitled ''Accommodation at the Old Farmhouse: Terms and Conditions and house rules''.

Reporting

  • All hazards, incidents and near misses must be reported to the Farm Manager and your supervisor
  • Report any other concerns to the Farm Manager for example sheep water trough dry, sheep lying down and won't get up.

Accommodation at the Old Farmhouse: Terms and Conditions and house rules

Please read the terms and conditions carefully.

All bookings made for accommodation at the Ridgefield Old Farmhouse are subject to these Terms and Conditions and the person making the booking will be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions on behalf of all persons who will be staying at the property.

1. Bookings

All booking requests are to be made via our booking page.

Bookings are subject to availability and advance bookings are essential.

After completing the online booking you will receive email confirmation of your request.

The Old Farmhouse can accommodate a maximum of 10 people. Bookings are for a bed and not a room. Guests may be required to share a room. Food is not to be consumed in the bedrooms.

2. Accommodation rates

The following rates are applicable for 2017 stays only and are not negotiable.

Accommodation rates in the Old Farmhouse
  • Students – $15.00 per person, per night
  • Staff and other guests – $25.00 per person, per night

3. Payment

All payments for UWA bookings are to be made by an Internal Funds Transfer (IFT) raised by the IOA and based on the number of people for whom the booking was made.

All payments for non–UWA bookings are to be made in advance by Visa or MasterCard by calling the Institute of Agriculture on (+61 8) 6488 4717 or (+61 8) 6488 3410.

4. Refunds

Payments will be processed at the end of your booking. Payments for bookings are non–refundable.

5. Amendments to bookings

All amendments to bookings are subject to availability.

6. No–shows and early departures

If you do not show up for your booking you will be charged 100% of the total booking fee.

Users who need to depart earlier than anticipated must email the IOA before leaving Ridgefield. Failure to notify the IOA of early departure may result in being charged 100% of your booking fee.

7. Credit for cancelled bookings

In some instances booking credit may be issued for cancelled bookings. This credit can be applied only to future accommodation bookings and will be valid for twelve months from the date of cancellation.

8. Damage/extra cleaning fee

A minimum fee of $200 will be charged if additional cleaning is required or if damage to the property has occurred. If the fee is charged, it will be split between all business units occupying the house unless the person or persons responsible for the extra cleaning or damage identify themselves.

9. Reporting

If something requires maintenance – please let us know! Contact the IOA Administration Office on (+61 8) 6488 4717 or email Debra Mullan.

House rules

The 'house rules' are prominently displayed in the house. Prior to the first day of your booking please alert each member of your group to the following requirements.

Before departure please ensure that:

  • All floors are vacuumed and mopped
  • All benches are cleaned
  • Fridge is wiped out and no food remains in the fridge
  • Stove top is cleaned
  • Oven is cleaned
  • All dishes are washed and put away
  • Chairs and table are left neatly
  • Bathrooms are cleaned – shower, toilets and vanities
  • Rubbish bins are emptied
  • No rubbish remains outside or inside the building

A barbecue is available if needed.

We welcome your feedback. If there is anything that you believe requires maintenance, please email Debra Mullan.

Emergency response

Emergencies

  • Police assistance – call the Pingelly Police Station 08 9887 1008.

Medical emergencies

  • First aid kits are available in the main sheds and in the Old Farm House. If you notice any items missing please advise the Farm Manager
  • The nearest Hospital is located in Pingelly and number is 08 9887 2222
  • Phone 000 in an Emergency for ambulance.

Fire safety

  • If you smell smoke, stop what you are doing and take a few minutes to see where the smoke is coming from and the wind direction
  • If a fire starts, immediately text/call the Farm Manager on 0429 010 826 or two-way channel 19, or call 000 and report the details of the fire and your location
  • If safe to do so, evacuate to the grassed area outside the Old Farm House
  • If you are trapped on the farm by fire or unsure where to go keep in contact with the Farm Manager or if fire authorities are present, follow their instructions
  • You are not to engage in any fire fighting activities unless directed by the Farm Manager or fire authorities.
  • Once you have contacted the Farm Manager he will direct you to either stay or leave the farm depending on the severity of the fire and where you are located
  • If you cannot contact the Farm Manager or if it is unsafe to stay, evacuate the farm via one of the two main exit points (Page Road or Lamard Road exits). The Lamard Road entrance/exit is located on the north eastern side of the farm.
  • Follow the signs to Pingelly
  • Contact your university supervisor or manager and advise them of your wellbeing and location.

You must submit this form to register that you have read and understood the User Induction. This User Induction must be completed every 12 months.