29 March, 2018 –
$19.4 million in funding is available over the next four years to expert community groups to improve water run off onto the Great Barrier Reef.
The funding is part of a larger $61 million pool to be invested into improving the quality of the state’s land, vegetation, water and Reef.
The larger funding pool will be available to the state’s 14 natural resource management (NRM) regional bodies with six regional bodies eligible for the Reef funding.
The reef catchment allocation will drive on-ground improvements in land management to reduce sediments, nutrients and pesticides flowing onto the Reef.
We are looking to repair significant areas like gullies, stream banks and wetlands and improve soil and groundcover management.
Queensland’s natural resource regional groups have years of experience working with landowners to achieve tangible results on the ground in their communities. NRM groups have delivered real results, including protecting almost 1,100 kilometres of riparian vegetation along priority waterways and restoring 6,550 hectares of soil.
Among the reef programs supported is Paddock to Reef, which monitors water quality flowing into the reef. Paddock monitoring involves observing 25 sites in 14 key catchments for sediment and nutrients and 15 sites in these same catchments for pesticides. This tests and tracks long-term trends in water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from priority catchments.
Among the groups involved in this is NQ Dry Tropics, who will be applying for a share of the $19.4 million. NQ Dry Tropics works to empower communities, landholders and industry with the resources, knowledge and skills to improve the condition of the region’s landscapes and waterways.
Maintaining healthy landscapes and waterways is essential to supporting a vibrant regional economy and the wellbeing of regional communities. The Great Barrier Reef is irreplaceable, and it’s our responsibility to drive change and improve on management practices to secure its future.
The end game is to ensure that, by 2020, the quality of water entering the Reef from broad scale land use had no detrimental impact on the Reef’s health and resilience.
When everyone works together, we deliver important outcomes to protect and restore our natural assets including the reef and other ecosystems.