AgForce general president Georgie Somerset, a South Burnett cattle producer, said AgForce's Shed Full of Knowledge would provide essential updates for producers in the region.
AgForce general president Georgie Somerset, a South Burnett cattle producer, said AgForce's Shed Full of Knowledge would provide essential updates for producers in the region. David Kelly

AgForce workshops to explain all after trigger mapping saga

IN AN effort to explain recent changes to protected plant trigger mapping and how this can affect local farmers, AgForce will be hosting a series of practical and interactive sessions across the Burnett.

These will also provide a snapshot of the State Government's proposed Reef regulations.

The first session of Shed Full of Knowledge will be held at Durong on Friday.

The sessions will include a discussion about the impacts of changes to mapping, explain how government blue dot areas were derived, assist producers with the process required for identifying protected plants, and provide advice about the importance of regularly checking for map updates.

They will also discuss the potential impact of Reef regulations on grazing and new cropping areas in the Burnett Mary catchments.

Speakers will include a range of AgForce experts, including GIS technical manager Noel Brinsmead and policy officer Marie Vitelli, an expert in biosecurity, weed identification, and pasture dieback.

AgForce general president Georgie Somerset, a South Burnett cattle producer, said due to the changes primary producers in Queensland were facing, AgForce's Shed Full of Knowledge was an essential update.

"Through our lobbying, we've already secured a commitment by the Minister for Environment, Great Barrier Reef, Science and Arts to fully brief AgForce prior to any future mapping releases and give us a chance to digest the information and inform our members in good time,” Mrs Somerset said.

"Lobbying government is one thing - it's also important we get out there, amongst the producers directly affected by these changes, explain the ramifications, answer their questions, make sure they understand we're with them.

"These sessions provide a chance for producers to speak to a real person and hear, for example, about the mapping services AgForce offers and how they can help them.”

Mrs Somerset said the government's proposed Reef Bill hadn't passed through parliament yet either, so there was still time for producers to have their voices heard on the issue.

"AgForce does not support mandatory Reef standards for grazing and cropping,” she said.

"While government continues to impose unfair restrictions and regulations on hard working farming families, AgForce will be there, doing everything we possibly can to ensure less red tape and that greater amounts of transparent information is provided for our members.”

After the gathering at Durong on Friday, information sessions will be held at Monto and Gayndah on Saturday, Toogoolawah and Boonah on Monday, and Woolooga on Tuesday.

All producers are welcome to attend the sessions, which will also include commodity and Southeast Queensland regional updates.

You can view the online session schedule here.

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