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Flood relief efforts have been implemented throughout the Queensland region to assist those impacted by the recent flooding disaster, and there are ways for anyone to get involved and give back to those desperately in need right now. Givit is a program partnered with the Queensland Government that has all the information on what you can do to help, be it volunteering with local communities, donating funds, or donating specific items of value that were lost to people in the floods. Get involved and see what’s needed in your local area to help someone out today. Learn More
Flood Disaster Assistance Available
Personal Hardship Assistance is available for residents of several towns throughout the Fraser Coast and Gympie regions, who have suffered the loss of homes and loved ones. Furthermore, assistance is available to aid in the clean-up and repair efforts of the Cherbourg, Gympie, and Fraser Coast local councils. Finally, assistance will be available for primary producers and small businesses of the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett, and South Burnett, that have been impacted by the floods.
For information on Personal Hardship Assistance, visit here
For information on assistance for primary producers and small businesses, visit here
For information on freight subsidies visit here
For information on disaster assistance, visit here
EnviroTech Day
Technology is rapidly growing to become more environmentally aware and sustainable. This April will be the annual EnviroTech Day in Gympie, a showcase of all the exciting current and emerging technologies playing a part in reducing our energy usage, saving water, minimising waste, and keeping our emissions under control. Come along to see the displays of electric cars, renewable energy savers, revolutionary waste and water management designs, and clever tips for sustainable living. You can even apply to have your own display, showcasing your own innovations for an environmentally friendly future.
Email envirotech@gadsa.net to apply or for more information.
CRATER Website Live
Are you interested in regenerative agriculture, or passionate about conservation? Or perhaps both? The Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, Training, Education, and Research has officially launched their new website, which will have all the information on workshops, documentaries, local wildlife, scientific research, and new projects that are dedicated to preserving unique Australian flora and fauna through regenerative agriculture practices
View here.
Regen Ag Workshop Coming Up
Slow Food Noosa Inc., Tarwyn Park Training, and Noosa & District Landcare will be facilitating a free workshop on regenerative agriculture at the Rural Futures Centre in Pomona on 31 Jan from 6-8pm. This information session will be all about understanding and building healthy and resilient food systems, and how practices of regenerative agriculture can be incorporated on your property. Learn more.
A reminder for our fishermen
Fishing is a fun and exciting summer pastime for many, but it's important to always remember our marine environments when fishing. Using prawns from the supermarket for bait can introduce aquatic diseases, such as the white spot, into Queensland waters and damage the population of local prawns and other sea life. Always buy your bait from a bait shop, and keep the tasty supermarket prawns for yourself!
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In case you missed it
Natural Sequence Farming Field Day
The method of Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) allows farmers to understand how the land on their properties works, so that this land can be strengthened and regenerated, and productivity can be increased. Tarwyn Park Training specialises in educating others about NSF, and will be hosting a field day in Biggenden, coming soon. Learn about how to understand the processes of a landscape, understand about the role of plants and water in a functional system, observe how livestock interact with the land, and grasp the workings of filtration in the land.
For more information, contact info@backfatters.com
Soil Symposium Postponed
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, February’s Soil Symposium has been postponed. The Symposium will now take place on 28 April starting at 8:30am at Bargara Cultural and Community Centre. Keynote speakers will include Mark Sugars, Jack Milbank, John Moor, and Nadia Campbell, who will cover several topics around soil health, biological function, and producer profitability. There will also be a bus tour to Green Solutions Compost facility, to learn about their compost and its benefits to soil, and Chapman Ag properties, to observe regenerative agriculture practices that are being implemented in the sugar industry.
2020-21 Highlights Available
Biosecurity Queensland has released and kept up to date the 2020-21 data from the Invasive Plant and Animal Research Unit. This publication includes all the latest information on the research projects being undertaken throughout Queensland on pest management within communities, council areas, and across the state. This report also features other important information on project work to help control pest species in Queensland.
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Weed Management Workshop Postponed
Due to the impacts of both COVID-19 and the flash flooding throughout the region, South Burnett Regional Council has unfortunately had to postpone the planned weed management workshops at Wondai and Ironpot on 24 and 25 January. More information regarding these workshops will be coming soon. For information on weed management in the meantime, visit the South Burnett Regional Council website.
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Hatchling Season Begins!
The new year always bring on an exciting time for the Bundaberg area. The turtle eggs on the beaches will soon be ready to hatch! Baby turtles should be drawn toward the ocean horizon, but bright lights from houses and torches can be disorienting and lead them in the wrong direction. It is especially important to keep torches and other lights off on the beaches at night, and to not try to pick up or pet the hatchlings.
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