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Program support for the off-farm environment program

A number of advisors have been employed to provide support to MLAs project management team for the off-farm Environment portfolio. The background was the need to place the meat processing sector in a position to understand the environmental impact of meat processing, provide them with tools to manage environmental issues in a sustainable way and respond scientifically to changing regulation and legislation. These issues include cleaner production and energy efficiency, water and water use, solids, air and odours, and build environment management.

One of the main technical advisors to the program was Dr. Mike Johns of Johns Environmental Pty Limited, who was employed from 1998 to 2011, funded by MLA in conjunction with AMPC to act as a technical advisor to the environment programme.

The objectives of the technical advisor were to:

  • Maintain an active role in the coordination and management of projects relating to the environmental area

  • Liaise with key industry environmental personnel, environmental research contractors and environmental regulators

  • Provide technical guidance to MLA relating to off-farm environmental research and development projects as required

  • Assist MLA to respond to particular processing sector environmental issues

  • Assist in the dissemination, marketing and commercialisation strategies as an outcome of environmental research as required

  • Assist in the development of Terms of Reference for projects approved in consulation with AMPC and industry

During 2010-11, the technical advisor provided, among others, the following services;

  • Participated in meetings with stakeholders, consultants, processors and MLA to discuss project development and selection

  • Provided technical comments on a number of project draft final reports

  • Developed TORs, scopes and contractor lists for a number of projects

  • Reviewed proposals received for 2011-12 projects and provided technical assistance in preparing meat processing plants for the outputs of research projects

  • Supported MLA with technical inputs for development of the final version of the Industry environmental sustainability review environment portfolio, at times of increased activity


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