The Meat and Livestock Australia and RMCG project ‘Training Needs Analysis of Australian Meat Producers’ was a participatory social research project focused on the training needs of meat producers in four case study areas of Australia. The four regions included North West Tasmania, Wimmera Southern Mallee region in Victoria, the South West Slopes region of NSW, and the Central Agricultural Region in Western Australia. A total of 40 meat producers were interviewed in relation to how interested they are in training, to what extent current training was meeting their needs, what training in the past had been beneficial and what they would want from future training.
Furafuel Regional Biowaste Onsite Processing project was a partnership with the Circa Group, CSIRO, Monash University and Regional Development Victoria to develop a business case for the adoption of Furafuel Technology to support onsite processing of bio-waste in regional communities and generation of bio-crude and other environmentally friendly products.
Funded by the Australian Research Council, this project investigated the economic and social linkages between the farm sector and rural communities in a number of rural regions in south-eastern Australia. The project was lead by La Trobe University and worked with colleagues from the Universities of New England, Griffith, Sydney and Melbourne. A final report will be delivered in 2009.
The project sought to investigate the degree to which farmers purchase their business inputs and sell their produce locally and the extent to which local farmers use and contribute to the sporting and social services that local towns offer.
BCG undertook interviews in the southern Mallee and northern Wimmera. 20 interviews were conducted over a four month period. The two parts to the research were: 1) a questionnaire survey focussing on the farming unit (e.g. land area, type of farming) and the family (e.g. use of and satisfaction with local services); and 2) a farm financial questionnaire which collects information on farm input expenditures and sales for recent selected financial years.
The Mallee Catchment Management Authority aimed to better understand how dryland farmers make decisions around the cropping system they operate. RM Consulting Group (RMCG) were engaged by the Mallee CMA to manage 90 interviews in the Mallee region of which 15 were completed by BCG.
The results of the interviews were collated and analysed, a fact sheet produced and the final report was completed in June 2008.