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OUR FRONT COVER SHOWS… Kress has landed in Australia. With a highly regarded global reputation for advanced German engineering spanning 93 years, Kress is introducing true transformation to the landscaping sector with unrivalled battery technology. The new Kress CyberSystem promises an eightminute charge time, significantly higher power output, longer battery life and lower operating costs longer term. The full line of quiet Kress professional outdoor equipment includes commercial-grade backpack blowers, grass trimmers, edgers, chainsaws, and hedge trimmers as well as heavy-duty walk-behind mowers. MORE INFORMATION Kress www.kress.com/en-au/ Print Post Approved PP 100002231 INSIDE Budget and beyond Attention turns to turf A guide to maintain your generator www.power-equipment.com.au Volume 44 No. 4 July - August 2023 The worlds fastest battery charge Longer service life. Twice the power OUR FRONT COVER SHOWS… NEWS “Australia’s forest products sector is crucial in Australia’s battle against climate change and for the country to meet national emissions reduction targets. The sector also provides employment for tens of thousands of Australians and creates essential and sustainable everyday products we cannot live without. We welcome the Government’s recognition and support for the sector,” Mr Fitzgibbon said. In the previous Budget, the Government committed $100 million for a Launceston headquartered NIFPI, $86 million for plantation establishment grants, $113 million for wood processing innovation grants, $10 million for skills and training and extended funding for Regional Forestry Hubs. “Like the broader agriculture and primary industries sectors, effective biosecurity is essential to protecting the integrity of forestry and forest health. We welcome the Government’s plans to strengthen the national biosecurity system. However, we are watchful of plans to increase biosecurity costs for the sector through increased levies. We will work closely with the Government on the design of the reforms. “I look forward to continuing work with Minister Watt, Prime Minister Albanese and other members of the Government to ensure that Australia’s forest product sector thrives to fight climate change, create essential, sustainable products and provide ongoing and secure jobs for thousands of Australians,” Mr Fitzgibbon concluded. CQU INITIATIVE INSPIRES STUDENTS FOR AG CAREERS Thousands of Australian school students are seeing agriculture careers in a new light, as an innovative CQUniversity research and development project reaches its end. Funded by the Australian Government’s National Careers Institute, EXCITED 4 Careers in Agriculture (EXCITED) is a joint initiative between CQUniversity and industry partners across Australia, for students from kindergarten to grade 10, in regional and rural communities. The two-year project delivered the last of its school outreach across April and May 2023, with activities across the Clare and Barossa Valleys, Darwin, Gippsland, Proserpine, and Central West NSW. CQU Agriculture Lecturer Dr Jaime Manning who led the activities in South Australia, said young people were excited to get their hands dirty as they uncovered wine industry careers, testing soil, assessing grapes, and exploring a winery. “When we’re face-to-face and delivering activities, nothing beats the students’ joy in getting to try new things and think outside the square. And most importantly break down some of those stereotypes about what a career in agriculture looks like,” she said. “We’re engaging with both primary and secondary school students and getting them to explore both their career interests and strengths, and how they might translate into a career in agriculture,” Dr Manning said. During 2022 delivery of the project, 90 per cent of students said they enjoyed St Joseph's Clare students participate in CQU's EXCITED 4 Ag Careers project JULY - AUGUST 2023 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | 7