The Kimberley Cattlemen's Association (KCA) has appointed an Executive Officer, Gill Stassen, who will play a vital role in the development of the cattle industry in the region.
Rangelands NRM is funding the position through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Rangelands NRM Program Manager (Kimberley), Grey Mackay said this support of the KCA was an example of their collaborative approach to support land managers to manage their land sustainably and maximise the productivity of Western Australia’s (WA) rangelands.
“Gill will work with KCA members to offer knowledge sharing opportunities, including demonstrations and trials of new technologies and innovative practices for improving pasture management and productivity,” Mr Mackay said.
Mr Stassen said there has already been several discussions with members, producers, Indigenous groups and industry bodies to identify and prioritise issues for the Kimberley and Pilbara pastoral and agriculture industries.
“Priorities include the need to diversify business on pastoral land to suit environmental conditions, harvesting water in the wet season, security of tenure, road kill and fencing, and the supply chain,” Mr Stassen said.
Mr Stassen said the KCA will help members build capacity in economic and environmentally sustainable development, leadership, community engagement, and promotion of the northern beef industry.
“We’ll be a source of information about factors impacting the northern WA beef industry and organise training and events to give people the opportunity to share insights they’ve gained over the years and learn from others.”
The Kimberley Cattlemen's Association (KCA) is a not-for-profit organisation established in early 2015 to represent, support and contribute to the development of the Kimberley and Pilbara pastoral and agriculture Industries. Key partners are Rangelands NRM and the WA Government’s Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project.
Image: Gill Stassen, new Executive Officer of Kimberley Cattlemen's Association.