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Land Restoration Fund seeks advisers to offer carbon farming advice

The Queensland Government’s Land Restoration Fund (LRF) has announced funding for a new investment round.

It is now calling on service providers, including lawyers, to become accredited as LRF Approved Advisers and help meet the growing need for specialist carbon farming advice in Queensland.

The Approved Adviser program aims to create a network of experienced advisers throughout Queensland by training and approving professional advisers to assist landholders with carbon farming and LRF advice.

About Approved Advisers

Approved Advisers provide advice within their area of expertise tailored to each landholder’s specific circumstances and property. Advisers may be able to assist landholders with information about:

  • the opportunities and implications of undertaking a carbon farming project
  • the underpinning regulatory framework and approved methods of generating carbon credits in Australia
  • the LRF and its relationship with carbon farming including co-benefits
  • how to access and interpret site specific information, including land tenure restrictions and requirements, obligations for commitment of land in both area and time, application of potential methods and potential co-benefits
  • legal and financial considerations of undertaking a carbon farming project, including an indicative cost benefit analysis that could influence a landholder’s decision to lodge an application for the LRF.

Applying

Service providers can apply to become Approved Advisers through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) application portal.

Applicants are required to complete a free online training course and test (about an hour) and provide information describing their experience and industry specialisation.

Once certified, Approved Advisers will be added to a public registry of qualified advisers on the QRIDA website, and may be contacted by landholders and others seeking carbon farming advice.

The Queensland Government’s Land Restoration Fund (LRF) is expanding carbon farming in the state by supporting projects that deliver carbon credits plus environmental, social, economic and First Nations outcomes—known as co-benefits.

In its 2020 Investment Round 1, the LRF invested around $92 million in Queensland carbon farming projects with co-benefits that will help to create regional jobs, provide habitat for threatened species and improve the health of our land and waterways.

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