Community stories: 19 December 2017
Karumba is a community of a little over 500 people, situated in the Gulf Country of Queensland, more than 2,000 kilometres from Brisbane. It is better known as the outback by the sea. In October, 2017 it saw an influx of over 200 people over a two day period. They came for the Gulf Graziers Beef Up Showcase event.
The purpose of Beef Up Karumba is to bring together industry and supply chain experts, to provide an update to the grazing community on cutting edge beef production research, management practices with an emphasis work place health and safety. It was also an opportunity for participants to socialise with a Gala Ball held at the end of the two days.
Geoff Secommbe explains that with the support of FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together grant of $14,712 they were able to put on this event to help build resilience in the area’s beef business.
“As we live in a remote region of Australia we could not find a building big enough to seat 200 people in comfort. So, we hired an air-conditioned marquee to make the two days of informative and industry changing information a little easier to sit through”
“We had leading vets with herd managing practise effective business in our industry, learnt about the latest research and development tools, with updates on beef processing technology taking our industry by storm.
“There was a field trip to the Karumba Live export facilities followed by Drone Demonstrations on how they can play a part in our business. And a captivating story from the heart by Shane Webke’s which really got people talking about ways they could improve farm safety.”
“It was a very interactive couple of days with new and old friendships flourishing as there is so much power in likeminded people coming together”.
“We are a little group of people that feed a very large group of people and we could have not possibly made this possible without the support FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together program.”