A change to land management practices is essential to meet water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchment areas.
The “Enhanced extension coordination” program has been developed as part of the Queensland Government’s Reef Water Quality Program and managed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). A key element of this program is the development of a training program that will further improve the skills and capability of those providing extension services to farmers. This training will be open to anyone working in this field, including industry development officers, researchers, agricultural advisors, agronomists and consultants.
The project will improve coordination, collaboration and communication across different producer and extension networks to increase adoption of agricultural land management practices leading to improved water quality.
Regional Coordinators have been appointed to collaborate with extension networks throughout the six Great Barrier Reef Natural Resource Management regions to identify ways to better apply and tailor extension services to meet required needs and recommend other services that can support whole-of-farm outcomes.
A Reef Extension Training Needs Analysis (TNA) was undertaken in October 2018 to guide both the range and the form of the training and development activities to build the capacity of extension service providers in the Great Barrier Reef catchments, as part of the Enhanced Extension Coordination program. The results are summarised in this executive summary.
Burnett Mary Regional Extension Coordinator
P: 07 4181 2999
M: 0474 879 935