FREE FIRST AID TRAINING FOR CANE FARMERS

FREE FIRST AID TRAINING FOR CANE FARMERS

Mindi Lennon, Industry Recovery Officer, has arranged a free first aid course under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. All Burdekin canefarmers are invited to attend. First Aid certificate includes the following modules.

• HLTAID001 – Provide CPR
• HLTAID002 – Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
• HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid

Further details are outlined in the following flyer. Should you have any questions or require further information please contact Mindi direct on 4790 3603.

Les Elphinstone
Manager KCGO

Les Elphinstone
Manager / Company Secretary

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QLD GOVERNMENT LAND RESTORATION FUND – FIRST ROUND FUNDING OPENS 28TH JANUARY 2020

QLD GOVERNMENT LAND RESTORATION FUND – FIRST ROUND FUNDING OPENS 28TH JANUARY 2020

The Queensland Government’s $500 million Land Restoration Fund (the Fund) aims to expand carbon farming in the state by supporting land-sector projects that deliver additional environmental, social and economic co-benefits.

The Fund will empower farmers, land managers and landholders with the support needed to generate additional, regular and diverse income streams and protect their business in tough times, through carbon farming projects.

A robust carbon farming industry in Queensland will create regional jobs and contribute to reducing Queensland’s carbon emissions, as well as providing valuable co-benefits like healthier waterways, more habitat for threatened species, and more resilient landscapes.

Applications for the first round of funding will open on 28 January 2020.

Opportunities for Queensland landholders, land managers and farmers
Queensland is well placed to be Australia’s major source of premium land sector carbon credits over the next two decades. Our large and complex environment gives us an advantage in the use of new carbon farming methods that also deliver environmental, social and economic benefits.
Regenerative farming, including carbon farming, offers landholders, land managers and farmers, a tangible way to create a better future for themselves and their families.
Through the Land Restoration Fund, participants can benefit from:
• diversified income
• increased land value
• greater productivity (increased income)
• increased employment (jobs)
• stronger, more resilient communities
• opportunities for collective effort.
Online tools can help potential applicants learn about the benefits from native forest regrowth and make informed decisions about participating in the Fund.
The LOOC-C (pronounced look-see) web tool, produced by CSIRO, is a landscape options and opportunities for carbon abatement calculator. It can assist land managers to decide which methods will be most suitable for their property. It allows land managers to quickly assess options on the land for certain projects offered under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Implementing the ERF methods identified by LOOC-C estimates increases in the amount of carbon contained in trees or soil in response to identified management activities.
Who can apply to the Land Restoration Fund?
Any Queensland land manager, who has the legal right to do so, can lodge an application either themselves or via an authorised agent. read more

KCGO Members Notice – Reminder

KCGO Members Notice – Reminder

The KCGO Office is closed from 4.30pm

Friday, 20th December 2019

& Re-open

Monday, 6th January 2020

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KALAGRO PRE-ORDERS OVER CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Kalagro customers – Fuel Pre-orders are required to be placed at the KCGO office

by Friday, 20th December for the following Delivery Dates over the Christmas period office closure.

Monday, 23rd December

Friday, 27th December

Monday, 30th December

Friday, 3rd January

Monday, 6th January

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KCGO Directors, Les, Jacki, Narelle & Annmaree would like to wish our valued members a 

Very Merry Christmas A Happy & Safe New Year!!

COLLECTIVE UNIFICATION UPDATE

COLLECTIVE UNIFICATION

Since our last grower information update that was held on Thursday 31st October the 3 collectives have been unable to reach agreement/common ground on a couple of issues, mainly levy options and asset contribution which has currently delayed proceedings. Representatives from the combined collectives held a meeting last Thursday in an effort to establish whether there remained a commitment to the unification concept. This was reaffirmed during the meeting however directors came to the realisation that new unified entity structure is unlikely to be in place prior to the commencement of the 2020 season.

The board of KCGO has also previously expressed a strong desire for involvement of 3rd party consultant to overview the unification concept to ensure all aspects are addressed as well as to include recommendations of issues/options that may not have been fully addressed. Discussions have taken place with two organisations, with a quote provided based on initial scope of works. Consultancy quote is quite expensive and further discussions in the new year are required in order to negotiate reduction in price/scope of works.

At this point and with office closures for 2 weeks over the Xmas/New Year period a further combined collective grower meeting will not take place this year, with end of January or February to be a more likely scenario. Whilst acknowledging the initial timeline provided to members with “new entity” to be formed by 1 April 2020 in readiness for 2020 season, a greater emphasis is being placed more on “getting it right the first time” rather than meeting a time constraint/deadline.

There were a number of topics raised at last grower meeting including but not limited to, the cap/no cap methodology, request for a more detailed costing of budget expenses, delay in signing memorandum of agreement until full unification concept details have been put to growers to enable “poll” to be conducted. At the end of the day it is not KCGO board’s decision to proceed with unification, it will and always has been your board’s intention that ultimately it will be KCGO members who make the final decision. read more

QLD Government Rural Water Management Program

QLD GOVERNMENT RURAL WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

BDCG has lodged a submission on behalf of KCGO, PCGO and ICGO in response to the consultation paper in relation to the above opposing that the Burdekin not be included in the proposed water measurement framework.

For any members interested the consultation paper can be accessed by Click here.

The matter has also been discussed with a representative from Lower Burdekin Water who confirmed that there will be no impact on their ratepayers given there is no Water Allocations or Licenses attached to supply of water.

Les Elphinstone
Manager KCGO

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