TACKLING ISSUES: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries senior extension officer Damien O'Sullivan addresses an Ag Network meeting at Mount Perry.
TACKLING ISSUES: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries senior extension officer Damien O'Sullivan addresses an Ag Network meeting at Mount Perry. Alex Treacy

Energy forum to tackle key challenge for producers

IT'S BEEN a year since the first North Burnett Ag Network meeting was held in Eidsvold and producers revealed the biggest challenges they faced in their industries.

Since then, industry stakeholders and government representatives have met to tackle issues including vegetation management, dieback, water and transport.

Now the spotlight is being turned on another of the key issues raised: electricity and its cost.

A forum co-ordinated by BIEDO will be held at Mulgildie's Community Hall from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday, May 28 to provide an opportunity for ag-based businesses to participate in a discussion about the needs and impact of electricity on operations.

BIEDO chief executive officer Kristy Frahm said she looked forward to opening up the topic of electricity costs and energy sources relative to agricultural and horticultural businesses.

"It plays such a crucial role in many operations, so it's important to keep updated with potential changes to the sector, along with measures to improve efficiency and reduce costs,” she said.

The energy forum will take a holistic approach to the topic, featuring sessions on electricity generation, energy options and electricity costs.

Representatives from a range of businesses and agencies involved with energy will also be in attendance, keen to connect with producers and growers.

Lunch will be provided at the free event, made possible by funding from FRRR and AgForce.

Anyone interested in attending the North Burnett Ag Network Energy Forum is asked to RSVP by 5pm on Friday, May 24 to BIEDO by calling 0400 695 456 or emailing connect@biedo.org.au.

Launched in 2018 in collaboration with North Burnett Regional Council, the North Burnett Ag Network is an initiative giving all ag sector stakeholders in the region the opportunity to join regular discussions about topics relevant to the industry.


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