Maleny Graziers receive Federal funding to improve farm sustainability
As parts of rural Queensland struggle under severe drought conditions, Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace today announced a Federal Government grant for a project to train and support Maleny graziers in more sustainable farming practices. The project, organised by the Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group (LBCCG), will see 30 local beef graziers learn best practice techniques in soil, fertiliser, grazing and water management, as well as supporting them in implementing these techniques.
During his visit to participating cattle property Obi View, Mr Wallace said “This project will empower graziers to be able to learn from each other. The Government cannot control the weather, but we can assist farmers to learn how to use their land better and to be more sustainable, so that when tough times do come they have the skills and the knowledge to look after their properties in a better way.”
Training under the project will including workshops and discussion groups as well as field walks through demonstration sites created by the LBCCG. The group will conduct soil tests and create individualised action plans as well as evaluating results to support graziers in implementing new techniques on their own farms.
“We have fantastic graziers here in Maleny, but it doesn’t matter if you’re a farmer, a builder or a lawyer, you can always learn new and better ways of doing things. It’s very important that we create these environments where people can learn from each other, and get the tools and opportunities to help them run their properties more sustainably.“ he said.
The project will begin immediately, and continue until April 2020.
Peter Stevens, President of the Lake Baroon Catchment Care group said “What’s particularly great about this funding is that it enables us to do a lot of the extra things that we wouldn’t be able to do in our normal program. The funding will bring these farmers together through workshops where they can talk to each other and get really good outcomes.”
Obi View landowner and participating grazier Brian MacFarlane said “For us it’s all about improving the quality of the water and of the soil. We need soil tests, we need advice on the best use of fertilisers and that’s why we want to get involved in this program. The better quality the grass, the better quality the cattle, it’s as simple as that.”
The grant of $49,878 is delivered under the Smart Farms Small Grants round, part of the government’s $1.1 billion National Landcare Program. Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 were provided to 77 projects across the country under this first round of the program. The round was highly competitive, with 800 applications for funding received.
For more information about the Smart Farms Small Grants program see: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/national-landcare-program-smart-farms-small-grants