Setting the direction for the Rangelands Fibre and Produce Group

In May this year, the Rangelands Fibre and Produce Group (RF&P) reviewed and assessed its direction and is now on track with a positive plan for the next five years.

With funding from Rangelands NRM and the State NRM Office, the group was able to take stock of where it was at, and discuss where it would like to be in five years’ time with the assistance of Agknowledge facilitators Peter Cooke and Nicol Taylor. 

“A lot of water has passed under the bridge since the Rangelands Fibre & Produce Group was incorporated in the 1990’s,” RF&P Chair Jorgen Jensen said.

“The environment in which the members’ businesses operate has changed considerably, and against the backdrop of wild dog incursions and a series of below average years, the group saw the need to revamp itself.”

Agknowledge travelled to Mt Magnet to facilitate the workshop on 25 May 2013.

With the majority of stations in the group represented on the day, members were able to discuss their issues and concerns for their industry and also to identify opportunities for the group in its current context.

Geoff Brooks, CEO of Mt Magnet Shire, took the opportunity to bring the group up-to-date on the Murchison Vermin Cell Proposal, which aims to obtain funding to erect a dog-proof fence around approximately 51 stations in the Murchison.

A comprehensive report prepared by Agknowledge details the previous experiences of the RF&P members, documents their current hopes and aspirations for their industry and provides a positive plan for the direction of the group over the next five years.

“The social side of station life was identified as a missing ingredient over the last few years, so the RF&P members took the opportunity of the workshop to get together afterwards for dinner at the local hotel,” Mr Jensen added.

For further information contact Jorgen Jensen, RF&P Chair on 0427 634 223.