Peter Crawford of the Northern Australia Climate Program presents during the Managing Risks in Agriculture workshop at Coalstoun Lakes on Wednesday August 7, 2019.
Peter Crawford of the Northern Australia Climate Program presents during the Managing Risks in Agriculture workshop at Coalstoun Lakes on Wednesday August 7, 2019. Jake Finnigan

North Burnett agricultural risk management workshops begin

A SERIES of risk management workshops aimed at agricultural producers have began weaving their way through the North Burnett.

The free Managing Risks in Agriculture workshops are being run by the Burnett Catchment Care Association, with funding having been provided by the Queensland and Australian governments through the 2017-18 Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

Kirstie Roffey, the Community Resilience Officer for the Burnett Catchment Care Association, is helping to facilitate the workshops across the North Burnett, and says the risk management workshops were being delivered under funding from both the state and federal governments.

"It's a risk management workshop, managing risks in agriculture, being delivered under our Natural Disaster Resilience Program for the North Burnett,” said Ms Roffey.

"It's jointly funded by the state and federal governments,” she said.

Ms Roffey said presenters from different backgrounds were involved in the event.

"Peter Crawford, one of our presenters, is an Extension Officer with the Northern Australia Climate Program, and he's our local 'Climate Mate', then Ross Henry is a Project Manager with the Queensland Farmers Federation, and Des Crane is the Head of Duboisia Plantations with Boehringer Ingelheim Pty Ltd

Ms Roffey said the workshops were targeted at producers across the region.

"We're targeting these at producers and agriculturalists in the North Burnett with this event a Coalstoun Lakes, and we're running another at Monto tomorrow,” she said.

Ms Roffey said she believed the events were important to producers.

"I think they're fairly important in building our resilience to natural disasters and other things agricultural bussiness is impacted by,” she said.