The “Enhanced Extension Coordination” program is part of the Queensland Government’s Reef Water Quality Program and is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). 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.
The EEC 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.
The Burnett Mary Regional Extension Services Strategy identifies the gaps in service provision and opportunities for collaboration and guides the allocation of discretionary flexi and peer to peer funding in the region. More than 15 projects have already been undertaken in the Burnett Mary to “plug the gaps” identified in the Regional Extension Services Strategy.
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. The results are summarised in this executive summary.
A key part of this program is the development of a training program that will improve the skills and capability of extension staff to provide quality support and advice. This training will be open to anyone working in this field, including industry development officers, researchers, agricultural advisors, agronomists and consultants.