Northern groups receive lion’s share of GBR funding

Projects across five major catchments in the north will get the lion’s share of funding to address gully erosion in areas of highest risk for the Great Barrier Reef.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said under the Reef Trust Gully Erosion Programme, four organisations from the Fitzroy Basin Association in the south to Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd in the north will receive just over $4million to work with landholders on projects to reduce the erosion of sediment into the Great Barrier Reef.

“Northern Australia is unique in that the length of the eastern coastline sits borders our World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, so it is vital that we ensure our land management practices in this region actively support its long term health,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said the projects are being delivered in high risk areas within the Cape York, Burdekin and Fitzroy Natural Resource Management regions and will be delivered in partnership with private landholders to address gully erosion on their land.

“These gullies are located in some of the highest risk areas of sediment erosion for the Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Macdonald said.

Projects will include activities such as fencing off gully areas, revegetation, adoption of improved land management practices, and gully reshaping.

The projects include:

  • Gully remediation for a 50 per cent reduction in gully erosion from the Normanby catchment
  • Partnership approach to gully restoration in two high risk hotspots in the Don catchment, Burdekin
  • Point source sediment management of erosion in the Bowen-Bogie basin in the Burdekin
  • Gully remediation in the Fitzroy (Theresa Creek and Isaac sub-catchments) by revegetation and grazing land management.

“Groups such as NQ Dry Topics Inc who deliver these projects deserve recognition for the wonderful job they do  in balancing the latest science and research to ensure not only the long term protection of the Great Barrier Reef, but also sustainable and economically viable land management practices.”

An additional project will also be undertaken in sub-catchments of the Mary River Catchment.

Further details about the successful projects and project partners is attached.

Details of successful projects:

Fifty per cent reduction in gully erosion from high priority sub-catchments in the Normanby

Cape York Normanby / Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd

This project will implement cost-effective, on ground action within the Great Barrier Reef catchment, using the most advanced spatial gully prioritisation method. This aims to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in sediment load from gully erosion in the highest priority sub-catchments in the Normanby Basin. Exclusion fencing of the gully sub-catchment, direct seeding of native grasses and trees and strategic gully stabilisation works will be targeted at the most actively eroding gullies to achieve optimum sediment reduction. Training of technical extension officers and grazing land managers will ensure that the benefits of the Reef Trust Gully Erosion Control Programme are communicated to the wider grazing community.

Approved funding: $780,248 (GST Exc) / $858,272.80 (GST Inc)

Don River Catchment Sediment Reduction Project to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality

Burdekin / Greening Australia

This project will undertake cost-effective gully restoration in the Don River catchment. Partners in this project include a Queensland statutory authority - the Don River Improvement Trust, and the Bowen and Collinsville Landcare Inc. Two sites have been selected that are representative of the gully systems in the upper Don River catchment, and these will be used as ongoing demonstration and monitoring sites. A range of stakeholders within the Bowen region will participate, including local property owners involved in agricultural enterprises.

Approved funding:   $962,550 (GST Exc) / $1,058,805 (GST Inc)

Point Source Sediment Management in the Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM region

Burdekin Bowen Bogie / NQ Dry Tropics Ltd

This project will implement a range of cost-effective gully remediation techniques on monitored demonstration sites in the East Burdekin and the Bowen-Bogie of the Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM region. The project will be integrating the best available science, extensive land rehabilitation experience, and a strong monitoring and evaluation framework.

Approved funding:  $906,000 (GST Exc) / $996,600 (GST Inc)

Gully Remediation in the Fitzroy by Re-vegetation and Grazing Land Management

Fitzroy Theresa Creek and Isaac / Fitzroy Basin Association Inc

Over three years, Fitzroy Basin Association will work with landholders to undertake on-ground works at 10 sites to reduce sediment delivered into the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon from high sediment sources in the Theresa and Isaac catchments. The project will target grazing businesses that have the potential to achieve practical and meaningful outcomes to address gully erosion.

Approved funding: Theresa Creek: $702,883.50 (GST Exc) / $773,171.85 (GST Inc)

Isaac: $702,883.50 (GST Exc) / $773,171.85 (GST Inc)

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