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Disaster Assistance 

  • Disaster assistance will be available for a range of support throughout the region to help those impacted by the recent flash flood.
  • For primary producers and small businesses of the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett, and South Burnett regions, that have been impacted by the floods.
  • Personal Hardship for residents throughout the Fraser Coast and Gympie regions, who have suffered the loss of homes and loved ones.
  • Aid for the clean-up and repair efforts of the Cherbourg, Gympie, and Fraser Coast local councils.
  • Communities of the region are also warned that the flash flooding event is not yet over, and that residents should prepare for further impacts. Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.
For information on Personal Hardship Assistance, visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies
For information on assistance for primary producers and small businesses, visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au
For information on freight subsidies visit www.daf.qld.gov.au
For information on disaster assistance, visit www.qra.qld.gov.au
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 info, contact info@backfatters.com
Soil Symposium Postponed until April
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 cover several topics around soil health, biological function, and producer profitability. There will also be a bus tour to Green Solutions Compost facility and Chapman Ag properties to observe regenerative agriculture practices that are being implemented in the sugar industry.
Tickets will go sale Monday Morning here.
2020-21 Pest 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 and council areas. This report also features other important information on project work to help control pest species in Queensland.
View here.
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.
Hatchling Season Begins!
The new year always brings 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.
Learn more.
In case you missed it
Funding Available for Flood-Recovery
Category C funding is available to support recovery efforts for impacted producers following extreme rainfall in the region in 2021. These grants can be used to provide equipment, labour, repairs, and construction to help the rehabilitation of agribusinesses within disaster zones. All applicants for the grants must submit an application by 30 June 2022 and provide evidence of floods impact.
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Regional Integrated Science Forum
The 2022 Regional Integrated Science Forum will be held on 20 and 21 April 2022 in Gympie. Attendees will hear from project leaders delivering on-ground actions, and Paddock to Reef presenters detailing the science behind projects. More information coming soon.
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COVID-19 Updates
Please be mindful of the latest COVID-19 developments in your community. Please also consider how you dispose of masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment. Such materials can be harmful to our biodiversity if care is not taken. Try to cut off the straps of your mask before throwing it out and stick to reusable masks if you can.
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