Queensland’s agricultural industry will have a new tool for occupational health and safety thanks to a digital transformation grant as part of the Queensland Economic Recovery Plan.
The Minister of Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister of Rural Communities, Mark Furner, said the Central Highlands Regional Resource Use Planning Cooperative (CHRRUP) would use its grant of 38,500 $ to develop the SafeStation application, tailor-made for agriculture and used primarily by customers in Central Queensland.
“These grants were established as part of the Queensland Economic Recovery Plan to help our agricultural industries make better use of digital technologies and access new opportunities,” said Furner.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created serious challenges for the agricultural sector, but the government in Palaszczuk has worked closely with the industry to find solutions to emerging issues and stand by our farmers. “
The grant to CHRRUP will support a $ 78,000 project that will include:
- Improve the digital skills of agricultural businesses;
- Keep on-farm safety processes simple and convenient; and
- Give employees and owners vital 24/7 safety information via their smartphone or tablet.
“The grant means that the SafeStation application project can be accelerated and the program will have a significant impact on agricultural safety,” Furner said.
CHRRUP chief executive Simone Parker said the risk of serious injury on farms means establishing a strong safety culture is vital for any agri-food business.
“With over 20 years of experience supporting the agricultural industry, we know the challenges farmers face when it comes to fulfilling their WHS responsibilities and the type of information. that they need to make their workplace safer, ”she said.
“The SafeStation app provides quick and easy access to everything from safe work policies and procedures to chemical and individual vehicle maintenance logs using a smartphone or tablet.
“We work with everyone in the business, from owners to employees, to create a system that works for their property and tailor the app accordingly. “
Mr Furner said a total of $ 5.5 million is being invested over three years as part of the agri-food digital transformation initiative.
“This funding, as part of our COVID-19 economic recovery strategy, will help agribusinesses become digitally aware and ready to respond to future disruptions,” Furner said.
“Digital technology is creating new ways of doing things that add value to the agricultural sector by working more precisely, efficiently and sustainably.
“It offers innovative ways to connect producers to consumers, reduce the problems associated with remoteness from rural communities and attract the next generation to jobs in the industry.”
Mr Furner said there was strong industry interest in the first round of the Agri-Food Digital Solutions Grants Program.
“22 applications were received and the diversity of project proposals demonstrates the opportunities that digital technologies create for the sector,” he said.
“As part of a co-investment model, grants of up to $ 200,000 have been offered for projects that improve digital skills, boost business efficiency and create regional jobs across Queensland.
“The approved grants of $ 1.045 million are for projects that use a range of technologies, including the Internet of Things, cloud computing, intelligent applications, big data, automation, artificial intelligence and the sensors.