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Clear path for growers
Business of the month
FOR more than two years, readers of
Smart Farmer have hired Clear Path
Vegetation Management Pty Ltd to
clear their orchards and vineyards of
blackberries, gorse and feral olives.
Owner-operator Kym Denver has had
responses to his advertisements from
growers based from Cape Jervis to
Tanunda and out as far as Wellington --
in fact, from the Fleurieu to the Barossa
Clear Path has invested in specialised
machinery which converts most vegeta-
tion into mulch. This equipment has
offered substantial benefits to commer-
cial operators such as vignerons,
orchardists and large-scale farmers,
and also to small operators and hobby
farmers who are not in a position to
make major machinery purchases and
often lack the time to do on-farm work
Smart farmers frequently find it more
cost-effective to pick up the telephone
and have a professional do the job on
time and to a high stan
than try to make do wit
equipment and wasting
Clear Path has equip-
ment for work in sensi-
tive areas including
native bushland and M
Denver, as a previous
National Landcare Awa
winner, has extensive
knowledge of which pla
should remain and whic
should be removed. Cle
Path is often consulted
and employed by other
companies and governm
ments for work in this t
Mr Denver is fully aw
for reliability and provid
job on time at a realistic price. As he
explains, customers are his greatest
asset and word-of-mouth is as impor-
tant as advertising.
"I remember clearing problem gorse
for a couple at one time, which only
took a few hours," Mr Denver said.
"The couple, who had been chipping
away at the problem for a long time,
said 'you haven't just saved our proper-
ty -- we think you have saved our mar-
riage!' Attention to detail and
completing work on time has led to
business turnover more than doubling
in the past 12 months."
Mr Denver, as a former large-scale
commercial farmer, is aware that peo-
ple want value for money when they
engage a contractor and they want
people who know what they are talk-
ing about and do what is required.
He said Clear Path Vegetation lived
up to those expectations.
• Need to know more?
Mr Denver can be contacted on
ECENTLY launched by the
Adelaide and Mount Lofty
Ranges Natural Resource
Management Board, the Sustainable
Industry Grant Scheme has had a
successful start with 25 applications
The scheme is aimed at providing
support to primary industry pro-
ducers of the Adelaide and Mount
Lofty Ranges region in the form of
advice, technical skills development
and funding to ensure agricultural
production remains viable for the
Successful applicants requested
grants of up to $55,000 each to
incorporate sustainable natural
resources management initiatives in
their business operations.
The agricultural sector con-
tributes significantly to the State's
economy, with primary production
in the region valued at about $876.7
million a year at the farm gate.
The value of other services pro-
vided by soils, flora and fauna are
incalculable, but include generating
oxygen and removing carbon-diox-
ide from the atmosphere, filtering
water for drinking, recycling nutri-
ents, regulating climate, maintain-
ing habitat and supporting tourism.
"Our primary industries play a
critical role in supporting society
with their valuable produce and
economic input, and it's important
the natural resources that support
their industries are managed sus-
tainably," said the Board's sustain-
able agriculture and training
coordinator Nicole Bennett.
Projects supported include:
•Pasture species trials to identify
additional plants which are cost-
effective, suitable and productive
for local conditions
•Watercourse restoration within
the viticulture industry
•Integrated pest management
within annual vegetable production
•Soil carbon and health benefits
of dung beetles in grazing systems
•Pest snail control trials in crop-
•Waste management within the
horticultural industry on the north-
ern Adelaide Plains
•Clay spreading trials to improve
soil health and productivity.
The funded projects will run for
two years, ending in June 2012.
The results of these projects will
be distributed to industry group
members and will also be available
from the Board's website.
"The Board is pleased to be able
to associate with these primary
industry groups to deliver projects
identified by each group as a prior-
ity to be addressed," Ms Bennett
"The knowledge gained will help
participating industries improve
natural resources management
practices leading to increased sus-
tainability within production sys-
tems in the region."
More grant funding is expected in
• Need to know more?
Primary industry grant
kickstarts key projects
The soil carbon and
health benefits of
dung beetles in
grazing systems will
be tested using
grant money from
the Adelaide and
Mount Lofty Ranges
25 applicants on board
Help with funds, skills
Banking on priority projects
Grant funding to incorporate integrated pest management will help growers identify vegetable pests and formulate
Clear Path's cutting action
can tackle tough ground.
Clear Path will Save You TIME & MONEY and do all the tough work with ease.
Ideal for clearing fruit trees, vines, bracken, broom, blackberry, woody weeds, feral olive, gorse and regrowth pines
with minimal impact to your property, quickly and easily.
Clear Path's unique cutting action shaves timber rather than pulverising it, leaving a far cleaner finish on the ground.
VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PTY LTD KYM DENVER
0407 718 711
That was my last customer's response. He couldn't believe how
much vegetation was cleared in just 1 hour.
Do you have a problem with unwanted vegetation?
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