TV Fairfax Pastoral leads in environmental certification

10-Feb-2009

TV Fairfax Pastoral is implementing the Australian Land Management Certification System (ALMCS) to improve its environmental management and demonstrate the company’s environmental credentials on each of its six properties in central and southern Queensland.

Speaking after an ALMCS workshop at Emerald late last year, T.V.Fairfax Pastoral General Manager Greg Robertson said he was pleased with the progress made in developing the environmental plans for each of their properties using ALMCS. The properties cover just under 85,000 hectares.

“The ALMCS whole-of-farm approach is simple yet robust enough to meet our needs,” Mr Robertson said.

The ALMCS has been developed and is supported by the not-for-profit Australian Land Management Group (ALM Group) of landholders. The ALM Group operates in most States and works closely with Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) through its service arm, Swift NRM, to assist landholders develop, implement and review their ALM plans.

QMDC regional Landcare facilitator, Jamie Gorry, said the six T.V. Fairfax Pastoral property managers were positive about the environmental certification system and the software package they used to help develop their property plan.

“As part of the ALMCS process, Swift NRM and the ALM Group will run another workshop with T.V. Fairfax Pastoral property managers early in 2009. They will also provide ongoing support to the managers to help T.V. Fairfax Pastoral achieve its goal of meaningful environmental progress. .

Interest in the ALMCS is growing steadily across all sectors but now particularly from larger agricultural and pastoral aggregations and corporations.

“The involvement of a major enterprise such as T.V. Fairfax Pastoral is a clear demonstration of how seriously the agricultural sector takes its responsibility to improve the environment,” Mr Gorry said.

T.V. Fairfax Pastoral is a privately owned Queensland beef breeding, backgrounding and finishing business with properties in the Monto, Clermont, Blackall, Tambo and the Moura/Bauhinia Downs districts.

The ALMCS is Australia's only whole-of-farm, catchment-linked national certification system for land management. It is an elegant and much-needed innovation in land management. The system was designed by landholders with help from specialists in ecology, human behaviour, agribusiness, policy, agriculture, information management and system design.


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