Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Queensland Government
‘Reef Extension Practitioners’ play an important role in supporting farmers and growers in the areas surrounding the Great Barrier Reef, to adopt practices that reduce nutrient, sediment and pesticide runoff from farms and ultimately to support the long-term health of a national icon.
When COVID-19 restrictions hit in early 2020, Reef Practitioners were unable to do their usual work of visiting growers out in the field and, instead, had to find innovative and new ways to support those whose work is directly impacting the Reef.
Supporting farmers and growers, many of whom have had skills and practices passed down over generations, to change the way they do things can be a tall order. Finding new ways to share important sustainability messages both with and about local farmers and growers is key to the survival and health of the Reef. But where to start when there’s such varying levels of digital literacy, storytelling skills and confidence communicating online?
To bring farmers, growers, agronomists, small businesses, and community organisations together, funded by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and use story to shine a light on those who are implementing more Reef-safe practices leading the way in sustainability and create a fertile ground for stewarding change.
Embarking on a journey of learning digital storytelling skills through a six-week Facilitated Online Learning Program hosted by our Stories for Impact team.