Queensland’s peak farming body and Australia’s newest natural resource management group are set to embark on an historic partnership aimed at driving healthy, sustainable landscapes in the Murray Darling Basin.
The move comes after the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and Southern Queensland Landscapes (SQ Landscapes) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on issues of common ground.
The agreement will see both QFF, SQ Landscapes and their extensive membership networks collaborating on policy, processes and communication with the aim of driving sustainability and profitability in agriculture for the long-term benefit of the landscape and those people and businesses within it.
SQ Landscapes CEO Paul McDonald says they will work together to positively influence government, industry and communities to ensure a productive and sustainable future for the region’s rich farming lands.
“This Memorandum of Understanding will enhance members’ ability to coordinate and facilitate production and economic improvements within the Murray Darling Basin in Queensland while taking great care of our land water, vegetation, soil and the animals which rely on them.”
“SQ Landscapes is excited to be working with QFF to encourage innovation and practice change by sharing knowledge and learning together with land managers.”
QFF CEO Georgina Davis says the agreement would see both organisations adopt a collaborative and collegiate approach to the issues facing our farmers and the communities and industries which rely on them.
“The approach will assist both organisations and their members to maximise return on investment through integration of delivery and reduction in any possible duplication of administrative and other costs where practical.”
“In turn, this will allow us to increase investment and support to both QFF and SQ Landscapes’ interests and members as they relate to sustainable rural production and natural resource management.”
SQ Landscapes is an independent non-government-organisation (NGO) owned by its community, and is dedicated to helping landholders understand their landscapes, adapt to challenges and be excellent stewards of their country.
QFF is the united voice of intensive, semi-intensive and irrigated agriculture in Queensland. QFF engages in a broad range of economic, social, environmental and regional issues of strategic importance to the productivity, sustainability and growth of the agricultural sector. QFF’s mission is to secure a strong and sustainable future for Queensland farmers by representing the common interests of its members organisations.