AgForward ends: time to look back

HOUSE FULL: AgForward vegetation management workshops proved especially popular with producers.
HOUSE FULL: AgForward vegetation management workshops proved especially popular with producers. Contributed

AN ICONIC AgForce initiative will this month come to an end, it was announced at the AgForce conference at Charleville last week.

AgForward delivered skills and technology to more than 10,000 landholders across 2195 Queensland properties over the past seven-and-a-half years. The spatial and vegetation staff provided more than 6600 vegetation map products, covering an area of more than 260,000sq km or 15.5% of our state.

AgForce president Brent Finlay said funding for the AgForward project had ended but the project would leave a lasting legacy.

"The AgForward project was launched back in 2005 to help landholders deal with the Vegetation Management Act, one of the biggest issues to impact Queensland landholders," he said.

"Led by AgForce Projects manager Sue Dillon, AgForward staff have delivered more than 800 free workshops across the state and provided free, one-on-one assistance to more than 2000 landholders.

"This support has helped landholders understand the laws, make thinning, fodder and encroachment applications and has given them the tools to dispute incorrect Regional Ecosystem and Regrowth maps and secure cleared farming areas by applying for a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation."

Mr Finlay said a legacy of the project was practical application of technology on-farm.

"For the first time, landholders have been given access to free satellite imagery of their property and taught the skills to use technology for property planning purposes and as a critical tool for disaster recovery and preparedness," he said.



 No further workshops or one-on-one assistance will be available after September 30. The final round of workshops includes vegetation management at Alpha, Jericho and Barcaldine from September 25-27. For information, visit or phone 3238 6048.

Topics:  agforce brent finlay

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