Education program for farm community

Money has been provided to inform agriculturalists about the EPBC Act

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Federal MP Ken O'Dowd, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Will Wilson, Calliope Station, Calliope, are happy with the latest funding commitment for an awareness program about the EPBC Act.

Federal MP Ken O'Dowd, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Will Wilson, Calliope Station, Calliope, are happy with the latest funding commitment for an awareness program about the EPBC Act.

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The government has set aside $150,000 to pay for the second stage of an awareness program about the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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THE federal coalition has put $150,000 on the table to inform farmers about the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The tranche of cash is the second installment to a program aimed at helping farmers better understand the intricacies of the Act and, according to the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, is not contingent on the election outcome on May 18.

"The money is locked in and will be made available as soon as possible," Mr Littleproud said.

"It does not matter who wins on Saturday. This is a commitment, not a pledge.

"What does matter about Saturday and the election is that if Bill Shorten wins he will be coming after the farming community.

"He does not appreciate the fact people on the land are the ones who are best placed to know best how to manage that land.

"Farmers care about the environment. There are many rules and regulations around the environment from different levels of government. This will clarify farmers' responsibilities."

The awareness project is being advanced by the National Farmers Federation, which will distribute information packages to members of the agricultural community.

AgForce cattle president Will Wilson, Calliope Station, Mount Alma, said the project offered a strategic position for farmers to determine their own destiny. He also agreed with Mr Littleproud's assertion the program would give farmers and landholders tighter control, effectively wresting back management from bureaucrats.

"We're talking about the proper management of the asset and the asset being land," Mr Wilson said. "The people on the land know what is needed and when and they understand what is right for the region might not work in another area.

"I accept not all may be adopting best practice methods and that's the advantage of this program which will be a great aid to farmers. It will give them the information they require to move forward in a positive way."

Ken O'Dowd, LNP for Flynn, has endorsed the program as a necessary step in ensuring farmers are given the appropriate skills and tools to manage their bujsiness.

The first stage of the awareness program was funded under the Building Landcare Community and Capacity program in 2018-18.

It is understood the EPBC Act will be reviewed later this year and Mr Littleproud has urged farmers and landholders to take a proactive stance "have their say".

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