Survey to help create vital online hub for region's farmers
A NEW survey has been released by the Burnett Catchment Care Association in order to create a central hub of information for struggling landowners and farmers.
This project, backed by the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund, will endeavour to collate the valuable resources, services, and tools available online to landowners that may otherwise be difficult to find.
Often these residents within the region are either inundated with information or find it difficult to access the required data.
BCCA research and funding officer Misty Green believes the current resources available are either too generalised, or not regionally specific for the inner Burnett areas.
"These barriers are often in place due to there being more coastal-specific information available online compared to the Burnett region,” Ms Green said.
The initial stages of the project began in 2016, when Ms Green was working for the North Burnett Regional Council in economy recovery after Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
"The feedback we were receiving from agriculturalists was the information required to aid themselves in the wake of the disaster was difficult to locate,” Ms Green said.
"Farming is becoming more knowledge intensive, with updated information needed to cope with the harsh weather conditions the Burnett region has experienced.”
The online hub will become an essential resource for the entire industry.
"The hub will be for everything, whether it may be upcoming grants, new technologies, climate forecasting and financial assistance - we want to get the word out there,” Ms Green said.
There are no identifiers within the survey besides your postcode, which is needed to assess the trends occurring within the region.
The important questions range from what industry you are in, what online resources you currently use, what factors limit your use of resources, and more.
"This survey is important as we can fill in the gaps of knowledge and services that currently exist, to give our farmers and landowners a fair go,” Ms Green said.
You can fill out the survey here.