[24 August 2015]
Three Innovation Expos – ‘A New Lease of Life’ will be held in the southern rangelands of WA between September and November to explore opportunities and technologies that will help revitalise the region.
The Kalgoorlie Innovation Expo will be held on 22-23 September 2015 at Hampton Hill. The Mt Magnet Innovation Expo dates are 21/22 October 2015, and the Carnarvon Innovation Expo will be held 12-13 November 2015.
Rangelands NRM Program Manager (Southern Rangelands) Jane Bradley said these Innovation Expos are one part of a larger collaborative effort involving Rangelands NRM, the newly-formed Pastoral Profit Project, southern Rangelands Biosecurity Associations (RBAs), the Mid West Development Commission and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).
Ms Bradley said by working in collaboration and running joint learning activities, pastoralists have a greater chance of success in implementing change in their businesses.
“There is a general acceptance in the southern rangelands that it is no longer possible to continue doing things the same way they have been done for years, and to survive as a business,” she said.
“In 2015 we want to find out what pastoralists are keenest to participate in and arrange a program for 2016 that meets their needs,” Ms Bradley said.
Ms Bradley said these Expos will introduce the Pastoral Profit Program planned for 2016 and invite pastoralists to join in the program.
“We expect to cover topics such as grazing enterprise selection/change, stock management, feed management, business planning, pest control, access to capital and communication.”
“Pastoralists will be provided with a range of options including technology, animal behaviour management and business management to change the way they manage their properties,” she said.
For more information on the event, contact Erin Gorter, Event Manager on 0429 833 752 or
NOTES FOR EDITOR:
The Innovation Expos are supported by Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australia Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Pastoral Profit (PP) is a new collaborative initiative between Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and key stakeholders for the southern rangelands. It aims to help pastoral businesses including sheep meat, wool and beef cattle producers to identify new or improved management practices, analyse costs and benefits and plan for implementation to lift profits.
For further information please contact John Duff Pastoral Profit WA Coordinator on 0417 183 330
Rangelands NRM WA is a not for profit, non-aligned, community-based group which aims to enhance the sustainable management of the WA rangelands through facilitation, collaboration and delivering outcomes. It is the largest of the 56 NRM regions in Australia, covering around 85 per cent (2,266,000 sq km) of the WA State’s land mass, and 75 per cent of the coastline. http://www.rangelandswa.com.au
Teresa Belcher, Communications Manager
Rangelands NRM, WA
Tel: 08 9468 5250
Mobile: 0488 594324