Building Pastoral Sustainability project
The Building Pastoral Sustainability (BPS) project is designed to build on the capacity and resilience of pastoral businesses in the SA Arid Lands to adapt to future climate and market variability. Throughout the three-year project the pastoral industry will be supported to develop and promote sustainable businesses and a regionally strong and competitive industry.
A focus of the BPS project will be promoting and supporting pastoral businesses to adapt to varying climates, innovate using technology and new management practices, and consider options for business diversification.
There are a number of different ways for pastoral land managers to participate in the project, from attending an event, or applying for a grant, through to taking part in the one-year Property Management Planning program.
Key features of the BPS project are:
- Property Management Planning program – includes establishing personal business drivers, property mapping, financial analysis, and developing an action plan
- Field Days
- Sticky Beak Days and Training
- Peer-to-peer learning
A copy of the prospectus, detailing the program and its components, is available here
Pastoral Sustainability Grants
Included in the BPS project are grants for pastoral businesses to trial management practices and technologies that will help them better adapt to varying climates and markets, and improve the sustainability of businesses in the South Australian Arid Lands region.
Grants for Round 1 of the Pastoral Sustainability Grant program will be available for between $10,000 and $30,000 (ex GST). A total funding pool of $65,000 is offered in this round.
You can find more information and apply for the grants here
Property Management Planning
Expressions of interest for the first round of Property Management Planning (PMP) places are now closed. Round 2 will open in 2021.
The PMP program is a feature of the BPS program. While the development of a comprehensive environmental mapping plan is key to this process, the PMP goes further to help you identify your personal motivation and business drivers, as well as work with a professional to develop a financial business management report.
At the end of the program, you will finish with an action plan. All personal financial details shared between you and the advisers are confidential and will not be available to the Board or its staff.
Limited positions are available with applications welcomed on a per-property basis. Family groups, business partners, and husband and wife teams are strongly encouraged to take part. PMP is staged over nine months. Round 2 will begin in August 2021.
Time commitment is a consideration and to get the most from the program, participants must be able to take part in all four stages.
This program is supported by the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.