Local Community

 
 

Employing Locals
We are really proud to be employing locals in the Lockyer Valley region to work within our business! This helps to stimulate our local economy and also gives locals the opportunity to develop and grow within our business.

Lockyer Valley Growers Committee
The Lockyer Valley growers Group is a community of growers that have come together to promote and advance Horticulture in the Lockyer Valley. Anthony, Koala Farms CEO, has been a founding member within this group and was president & vice president at one point. Every quarter this group meets up to discuss any thing they may need advice on, what they may have learnt at an agriculture event and anything that may be happening within the industry in our local area.

Community product donations
If our local schools, community groups and sporting teams are throwing an event, we chip in and donate fresh produce. We love to deliver a box of fresh produce for everyone in our community to enjoy!

Gatton Soccer Club sponsorship
Every year we sponsor our local soccer club to help them cover the cost of ground upkeep, soccer jerseys, end of year break up and anything else that they might need. As active members of the club, it means we not only help the club maintain facilities, we also make sure our local community gets to enjoy a weekend game at the club

Irrigators in the central local
The Lockyer Valley has recently been challenging a proposed water management system lobbied by the government. In this proposed water allocation, framers would be allocated less water per hectare than what they would need to grow fresh produce. Anthony is representing local growers to negotiate with government representatives to ensure water allocations are fair and not going to send growers bankrupt. If you would like to read more on this topic, have a look at this article.

 

 Environment

 
 

Our environmental management is built on four pillars, sustainability, biodiversity, carbon reduction and community. These pillars guide us and help us to develop better environmental practice in our business.

Recycling

  • We recycle all of our cardboard and soft plastic waste our our local recycling centre.

  • We are also implementing a recycling system for all of our employees aluminium and plastic waste on the farm.

  • All of our chemical drums are correctly recycled.

  • All of our irrigation tape is recycled and used multiple times.

Pest & resource Management

  • We have implemented a laser system to keep ducks off of our lettuce paddocks

  • All of our dams are lined with a thick commercial grade plastic that contains run off on our properties. This means we aren’t contaminating any natural water resources around our farm.

Food Waste

  • All of our food waste is donated to local livestock farmers!

  • If we have any other product food waste, we donate it to Food Bank