Plastic Free July



Event Times

12:01 am - 11:59 pm Friday 1st July, 2022

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Rockhampton NAIDOC Week Celebrations

ROCK NAIDOC celebration of events is the largest to date with over 30 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous organisations showcasing their services by holding the following community events.

Check out the many events scheduled during and before NAIDOC week!

Event Times

01:00 am - 11:59 pm Daily from 3rd July, 2022 to 10th July, 2022

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How to improve the productivity and profitability of CQ soils – 6-part webinar series

Due to popularity, this exclusive event is back! RSVP quickly to avoid disappointment.

This six-part webinar series is a deep dive into the make-up of soil ecosystems, different soil testing methods, benchmarking soil condition, and restoring your soil’s health.

Only open to 10 properties, the six-part webinar gives down to earth instruction for graziers, forage crop growers and grain producers about the value of healthy soil. The series is run by Soil Land Food partner and agroecologist David Hardwick who has worked in Landcare extension, agronomy, soils, agribusiness, biofertiliser R&D, manufacturing organics, training, and consulting for over 20 years.

Be prepared to discuss your soil test results and plans over the six weeks and share learnings with other participants. You will be talking directly with David and other local land managers generating discussion and live feedback on soil tests from all participating properties.

Each participant will receive a Soil Action Plan worksheet they will use to build a strategy for their farm, tailored to their soil and their goals that can be put into action straight away. David will explain the step-by-step process to develop a successful soil management plan and show you how to spot problems with nutrients in your soil that could be holding back your business.

The Presenter:

David Hardwick – Agroecologist, Soil Land Food
David’s passion is agroecology and empowering farmers with knowledge and skills that make a difference!

David has over 20 years of experience in rural landscapes, farming and food systems. He develops and delivers many of the extension projects for Soil Land Food across Australia. He worked in community development and then horticulture before completing a dairy traineeship on an organic dairy in NSW. Since then he has had a wide-ranging career working in both management and technical roles. These include Landcare extension, agronomy, soils, agribusiness, biofertiliser R&D and manufacturing, organics, training, and consulting positions. For many years he also helped run a regional farmers market business with his wife. David has worked on rural cooperative and social enterprise projects and teaches soils, regenerative agriculture, farm planning and agroecology at TAFE NSW on a casual basis.

Week 1 – 6 July: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Learn the amazing secrets of the soil beneath your feet. What’s happening down there and what does it take to change the health and happiness of your soil for good.

Week 2 – 13 July: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
The golden rules of soil testing. Not all soil tests are created equal. David shares his unparalleled insights of different tests, different testing labs and what to watch out for.

Week 3 – 20 July: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Become your soil’s best friend by getting to know everything about it including fertility management, potential soil health issues, benchmarking, and a soil health checklist.

Week 4 – 27 July: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
There’s no substitute for getting out into the paddock and learning what to look for in physical and biological health and other factors in developing your own soil health plan.

Week 5 – 3 August: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
So, your soil needs a little help! Learn David’s Five Steps to regenerative nutrient management and action plans to implement nutrient support.

Week 6 – 10 August: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Now you’ve shared this experience, you probably have some questions. The final session is all Q & A – get your deepest and most important questions about soil answered.

Please RSVP by Monday 4 July to:

Vicki Horstman – FBA’s Ag Services Coordinator
0419 160 537 | 07 4999 2842 |

This program is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust project with support from Fitzroy Basin Association.

Event Times

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm Wednesday 6th July, 2022
07:00 pm - 09:30 pm Wednesday 13th July, 2022
07:00 pm - 09:30 pm Wednesday 20th July, 2022
07:00 pm - 09:30 pm Wednesday 27th July, 2022
07:00 pm - 09:30 pm Wednesday 3rd August, 2022
07:00 pm - 09:30 pm Wednesday 10th August, 2022

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FBA’s Farming for the Future Forum – Building resilience through regenerative agriculture| Rockhampton

FBA has pulled together some of the best minds in Australian agriculture to help central Queensland farmers improve their pasture, soil and animal health.

This three-day forum will help Fitzroy farmers make changes to improve their businesses’ productivity and resilience with regenerative agriculture practices. Carefully designed, the forum allows attendees to learn new skills, find the right solution for their property and head home with a plan.

Topics include:

  • The challenges facing Australian and CQ Agriculture
  • Soil sponge – how the water and carbon cycles interact
  • Soil health and pasture degradation (the pasture dieback story)
  • Addressing soil and pasture challenges
  • How to overcome the challenge of farming with less rain


Day 1 | 10am – 6pm
Learn from the best and network
Guest speakers will introduce key challenges, concepts, and solutions. Mingle with fellow farmers, guest presenters and extension professionals.

Day 2 | 8am – 5pm
Results in action
Visit local properties that are successfully practising regenerative agriculture.

6:30pm – 9:30pm
Dinner discussions
Experts share insights over dinner.

Day 3 | 8am – 3pm
Apply knowledge and head home with a plan
Put new skills into action with the help of guest speakers, peers and extension experts.

Some of the guest presenters:

Walter Jehne | Co-founder of Regenerative Earth

Walter Jehne is an internationally recognised soil microbiologist and innovator. He has field and research experience in soils, grasslands, agriculture and forests at local, national and international level. Walter’s specialisation is the role of soil microbes’ symbiotic processes in the ecology of diseases, plant health, nutrient and waste cycling, soil pedogenesis and the regeneration of bio-systems.

Dr Gundi Rhoades | Practice Owner of Gowrie Vet Clinic

Gundi Rhoades is a German veterinarian living in Australia and she has been practising her profession for 30 years. As the owner of an organic farm and a nutritionist, she is passionate about the link between soil and human health. Gundi has a deep understanding of the agriculture industry as well as the health effects associated with chemical farming.

Peter Andrews OAM | Agricultural pioneer

Peter Andrews OAM is a farmer and a race horse breeder from Bylong in the Upper Hunter Valley. He is a man who many believe is way ahead of his time. He has applied insights of the natural functioning Australian landscape to restore his and other properties.

Contact event organiser:
Dan Rea, FBA Partnership Coordinator and Climate Mate (Fitzroy) | 07 4999 2812 | 0448 439 117 |

$220 per person (inc. GST). Forum fees include lunches (19, 20 &21 July), morning teas (20 & 21 July), afternoon teas (19 & 20 July), dinner (20 July) and transport to property visits.

This forum is supported through funding from Fitzroy Basin Association and the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Download the event flyer


Purchase now from $$220 pp (inc.GST).

Event Times

10:00 am - 06:00 pm Tuesday 19th July, 2022
08:00 am - 05:00 pm Wednesday 20th July, 2022
06:30 pm - 10:00 pm Wednesday 20th July, 2022
08:00 am - 03:00 pm Thursday 21st July, 2022

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School Tree Day

Event Times

12:01 am - 11:59 pm Sunday 31st July, 2022

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National Wattle Day

Event Times

12:01 am - 11:59 pm Thursday 1st September, 2022

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World Habitat Day

Event Times

12:02 am - 11:59 pm Monday 3rd October, 2022

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World Animal Day

Event Times

12:02 am - 11:59 pm Tuesday 4th October, 2022

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