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Welcome to the latest Cane Changer Community Newsletter!

Project Cane Changer was one of 11 projects to receive funding through the first round of water quality grants through the Reef Trust Partnership. The first round of funding was aimed at continuing the momentum of active projects with a track record of delivering practice change and water quality outcomes. 

In this phase of the project, we're continuing our work throughout the Wet Tropics and expanding the project into the Burdekin, Mackay-Whitsunday and Southern regions. In the first three months, more than 150 sugarcane growers and industry stakeholders across Queensland have engaged in project activities, sessions and workshops held by the project.

In this newsletter, we'll be discussing the design and development of Cane Changer as it rolls out in the Burdekin, Mackay-Whitsunday and Southern Regions, sharing stories of positive change from our ongoing work in the Wet Tropics, and will let you know where the project is headed over the coming months.
Cane Changer Expands South
Cane Changer Phase Three commenced 1st April 2019 and started strong with former Federal Environment Minister, Melissa Price MP, visiting CANEGROWERS Chairman, Paul Schembri's farm, to announce funding for the 11 Reef Trust Partnership Projects. Media release available here.

Since then, the Cane Changer team have been partnering with the CANEGROWERS Mackay, Proserpine and Burdekin Boards to lead the co-design process in their local region. The co-design process is now well-underway in the Mackay Central, Plane Creek, Proserpine and Burdekin cane growing regions - with over 60 growers and industry personnel engaged in the project so far.
CANEGROWERS Mackay board members with the Cane Changer team.
An article was published last month in CANEGROWERS Mackay's Newsletter, The Billet, which provides an overview of the project and what the co-design process will look like in each of the southern regions. If you're interested in finding out more, you can view the full article here. 

For the remainder of the year, our team will be working to expand the project into the Burdekin, Mackay-Whitsunday and Southern Regions. This involves identifying the key priority areas and locally-relevant issues in each region to tailor Cane Changer locally in readiness for the next phase of the project.
Meet Denis
Get to know the sugarcane industry's champions of change

Denis Gattera has spent over 60 years in the Queensland sugarcane industry. Our team was lucky enough to be invited on-farm to see all of the changes he's made to protect the environment, improve his productivity, and set the record straight. We published a story from our visit in the Innisfail Advocate, which you can find here.
Coming Soon
In the coming months the Cane Changer team will be running capacity building workshops across the Wet Tropics. These will include topics such as record-keeping, leadership training and enhancing the role of women in the industry. To express your interest in attending any of the upcoming sessions, please get in contact with our team.

Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletters! We're looking forward to continuing to tell the grower story and set the record straight about the positive changes taking place on-farm. If you're a grower or know someone who has a story of change, we'd love to hear from you!
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