Robert and Stacey Clapperton
Wheelbarrow Creek, Nanango

Robert and Stacey Clapperton are a young couple with a growing family near Nanango in Queensland’s South Burnett region. 

At a glance

Location: Nanango, South Burnett
Property size: 335ha
Type of operation: Beef cattle

They purchased their 335 hectare (830 acre) property in 2017, and while they knew they had the skills to run a conventional beef cattle operation, they also knew there had to be a better way.

Stacey said they were determined to increase their profit margin but also wanted to look after the land simultaneously, so the opportunity to join Project Pioneer came at the perfect timing.

“The agricultural industry is a tough one and in doing the Project we were giving ourselves the best chance to succeed against some of the common struggles faced by graziers,” she said.

“Being involved in Project Pioneer has completely changed our mindset and we’re aiming for a healthier, simpler and more profitable grazing enterprise. We are so much more confident in our decision making and ready to face any challenges with an excited outlook.

“The possibilities are endless. Together, we have had the opportunity to learn new skills and concepts which has opened up a deeper level of conversation.

“Our communication is more meaningful so our goals are feeling a lot closer to reality and have become more ambitious.

“When we are talking about ecosystems and grazing management, we are on the same page, and it is such a good feeling. All in all, we have a healthier, simpler business.”


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Project Pioneer is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The project is delivered by RCS with support from WWF, Maia Technology, Farm Map 4D and CQUniversity.