The Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) programme is made up of a national network which involves facilitators in each of Australia’s 56 natural resource management regions. They work to support Landcare and production groups to adopt sustainable farm and land management practices, and to protect Australia’s landscape.
The programme has facilitated the horticulture and forestry working groups to develop draft ABCD sustainability frameworks for their respective industry, while also providing input to the fisheries and horticulture working groups. These working groups include community and industry members.
The programme will continue to facilitate working groups and the refinement of agricultural ABCD sustainability frameworks. Additional capacity building activities will be delivered that will be targeted to the needs of the region’s agricultural producers under advice from the working groups and the Innovative Grazing Network.
The RLF hosts the annual Grazing Forum in Mackay, and in 2016 attracted more than 100 participants who travelled from up to 200 km to attend. Graziers at the event managed more than 50,000 ha of land in total. A wide range of issues were covered on the day including biosecurity updates, foundations of a breeder herd, managing climate variability, weed management, economic implications of adopting improved grazing management practices, and new pasture varieties for the region.
As this annual event is focused specifically on graziers in the MWI NRM region, it provides one of the only local opportunities for networking amongst grazing industry representatives, professionals, service providers, and other graziers.
Soil health is one of the biggest challenges facing the region’s agricultural producers and the RLF programme has enabled delivery of an annual soil symposium to provide information from leading soils and land management experts, while also supporting Central Queensland Soil Health Systems endeavours.
The programme has also delivered capacity building activities for the region’s agricultural producers that have includedA soil health symposium that was attended by around 100 agricultural producers and service providers.
- Workshops on holistic management for graziers.
- Sponsoring local community leaders to participate events and conferences, ranging from the Atherton Tablelands to Coffs Harbour.
- Workshops on seasonal forecasting tools for the sugar industry.
- Cross-regional bus tour showcasing Qld’s most innovative agricultural enterprises.
- Soil workshops for all land managers.
The RLF in the Mackay Whitsunday region partners and collaborates with groups including:
- Pioneer Catchment Landcare,
- Whitsunday Catchment Landcare,
- Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Authority,
- Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries,
- Mackay Next Gen Farmers Group,
- Mackay Regional Council,
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
- And many other agricultural and industry groups.
Position Regional Landcare Facilitator
Phone (07) 4964 6111
Mobile 0488 730 021
E-Mail: Juliane Kasiske
This project is a Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) initiative, through funding from the Australian Government.