GETTING THE LIE OF THE LAND: Discussing rural issues were, from left, Tony Wade, Des Plunkett, Jeremy Challacombe and Vince Cas
GETTING THE LIE OF THE LAND: Discussing rural issues were, from left, Tony Wade, Des Plunkett, Jeremy Challacombe and Vince Cas

Clarence Ahead Inc. tackles rural issues



NATIONALS Federal MPs Ian Causley and Luke Hartsuyker were among a broad cross section of the community who attended Valley networking organisation Clarence Ahead's latest successful networking event last week.

Clarence Ahead chairman Des Plunkett said his committee was pleased with the attendance by locals and others outside the Valley at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club for a presentation by land resource expert Gary Hutchinson on the future of farming.

Mr Plunkett said it was an interesting and entertaining evening, chaired by Radio 2GF manager and announcer Ron Bell.

Mr Hutchinson, managing director of Topoclimate Services, shared his broad knowledge and experience on a wide range of issues relating to improved land use management for the sustainable future of farming.

He has been involved in a number of projects in Australia and New Zealand that have resulted in increased productivity and returns and, significant flow-on value for the local economy and employment opportunities.

The event was sponsored by the Australian Regional Development Company, which recently has a large horticultural property near Grafton.

The property is being developed, based on Topoclimate Technologies, to grow a range of products with significant value-adding opportunities.

Mr Plunkett said Clarence Ahead's next event was a Skills and Training Expo to be held in Grafton on September 6.

Full details will be published when arrangements have been finalised.

For any inquiries about Clarence Ahead and its events, telephone Mr Plunkett on 66433044.



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