Across Southern Gulf Catchments (SGC), future sustainable agriculture projects and services are being guided by the governments’ funding guidelines and local industry priorities through the Pastoral Industry Advisory Group (PIAG).
Our focus is on securing a strong future for our region and as primary land users, the grazing industry plays a vital role in the viability of our rural communities and overall landscape health. Simone Parker, Operations Manager, Southern Gulf Catchments.
The Pasture Industry Advisory Group is made up of twelve local landholders from across the region as well as representatives from Southern Gulf Catchments and the former Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. It was initially established in 2010 to provide comment on natural resource management strategies as well as guidance on future projects and investment programs relevant to the region’s grazing industry.
“In the North West we face a lot of the same issues as other graziers but are also affected by our unique land types, seasonal patterns and remote locations. This Advisory Group provides valuable input and industry insight into trends and future needs for the grazing industry, with the aim of identifying issues to be addressed through the Regional Body’s sustainable agriculture program.” Charlie Hawkins, PIAG Chair and Pastoral Director of Southern Gulf Catchments said.
Regional Landcare Facilitator, John Target sees the benefits of the Advisory Group firsthand, “The feedback we receive from the Advisory Group ensures that our projects and services align with the priorities of the graziers within our region. Recently, a number of key priorities and gaps in local knowledge have been identified so we’re now developing a series of projects, workshops and proposed trials to address this.”
As a direct result of feedback received from the Pasture Industry Advisory Group, the following upcoming events have been scheduled:
- Erosion Control Workshops at three locations
- Business Edge workshop to be held in Cloncurry in
- Workshops to address pasture recovery following weed control
- Proposed trial to assess the rehabilitation of degraded grazing land as a method to increase soil carbon sequestration and storage.
“Members of the Advisory Group are often the first to put their hands up to trial new technologies or to host field days. Most producers are quite happy to have a look over the neighbours’ fence, so to speak, and this provides a really good way of promoting positive practices in a non-invasive way, “ said Mr Targett.
Southern Gulf Catchments is working with the Pasture Industry Advisory Group to ensure that both National and State priorities for sustainable agriculture are implemented in a way that is relevant and most appropriate for the grazing industry in North West Queensland.