Fo­cused on healthy prac­tices

Grants pro­vide sup­port for health­ier, more pro­duc­tive soil for our farm­ers

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THE Fed­eral Govern­ment is giv­ing farm­ers, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions be­tween $250,000 and $4 mil­lion in grant fund­ing to de­velop new prac­tices to bet­ter man­age, pro­tect and im­prove their soil health.

The money is drawn from Land­care’s $60 mil­lion Smart Farm­ing Part­ner­ships.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien in­vited groups of in­no­va­tive and tal­ented or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als in the agri­cul­ture, fish­ing, aqua­cul­ture and farm forestry in­dus­tries to ap­ply for the grants.

“Smart Farm­ing Part­ner­ships sup­port the de­vel­op­ment, tri­alling and im­ple­men­ta­tion of next-gen­er­a­tion farm­ing, forestry and fish­ing prac­tices,” Mr O’Brien said.

He said the fi­nan­cial sup­port would en­able col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween farm­ers and in­dus­try on a range of projects.

“The part­ner­ship grants will sup­port larger projects and as­sist the for­ma­tion of con­nec­tions be­tween ex­pe­ri­enced and skilled

❝ Hav­ing healthy and pro­duc­tive soils, bio­di­ver­sity and veg­e­ta­tion ben­e­fits farm­ers, com­mu­ni­ties and con­sumers.

— Llew O’Brien

or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als,” Mr O’Brien said.

The grants will help groups of or­gan­i­sa­tions to come up with, or take ad­van­tage of, the next great idea, the ben­e­fits of which can be shared across the com­mu­nity and the world.

“Hav­ing healthy and pro­duc­tive soils, bio­di­ver­sity and veg­e­ta­tion ben­e­fits farm­ers, com­mu­ni­ties and con­sumers,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Ap­ply­ing sus­tain­able land and wa­ter man­age­ment prac­tices on the ground and har­ness­ing lo­cal knowl­edge de­liv­ers tan­gi­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits to our com­mu­ni­ties and farm busi­nesses.”

Na­tion­ally, Land­care sup­ports more than 450 projects that im­prove the con­di­tion of soils, veg­e­ta­tion and bio­di­ver­sity.

“Farm­ers in Wide Bay are in­no­va­tors, and the govern­ment is sup­port­ing their in­no­va­tive think­ing to help lo­cal farm­ers con­tinue to farm smarter, not harder,” Mr O’Brien said.

DIG­GING DEEP: Land­care’s $60 mil­lion Smart Farm­ing Part­ner­ships will give money to farm groups to im­prove soil health.


Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien.

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