Black Toyota gets on the road with natural resource management in the Maranoa-Balonne.
Black Toyota Dalby has thrown its support behind the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee and its work to help landholders in the Maranoa-Balonne tackle issues around sustainable production with the loan of a current model Toyota RAV4. Thanks to a new agreement between the two entities, the RAV4 will be based in Roma and used by QMDC technical staff as they go about managing a range of projects from weeds to pest animals and soil conservation, as well as catchment scale works with landholders.
Black Toyota Dalby Principal Damian Purcell said the loan of the vehicle was a logical philanthropic step for the dealership as it had a similar footprint to QMDC across the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. “QMDC covers so much of the area of where our customers are so in supporting QMDC we are able to support the agricultural sector in a very tangible way,” Mr Purcell said. “When we heard about the considerable distances QMDC staff covered every year to meet with landholders, run workshops and deliver on ground works we knew that our dealership could play an important role in ensuring they travelled safely in a reliable All Wheel Drive vehicle.
Mr Penton said QMDC’s technical staff travelled on average more than 500,000km per year with its SUV type vehicles alone averaging about 30,000km each. “Our vehicles are an extension of our work space and we feel proud and privileged to have the use of a new Toyota RAV4. More importantly, the loan will ease operational expenses and the savings achieved through the arrangement will be directed into on ground works with landholders. “We are strong in supporting local businesses so we’re only too happy to partner with a dealership that is making an effort to support its customer base in the Warwick, Dalby, Oakey Chinchilla and Roma districts.”
Mr Penton said QMDC was currently working on a number of exciting initiatives in the Roma district including a weeds wash down subsidy project, a fire project with local landholders, sub-catchment planning works with farmer groups, land care activities and a series of workshops on sustainable pasture production.
The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee is a natural resource management organisation that supports communities within the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin to sustainably manage their natural resources. Visit www.qmdc.org.au for more information.