Reef Rescue 2008-2013 exceeds expectations in the Wet Tropics

Just as industry partners and Terrain knuckle down to deliver Reef Rescue 2013-2018, results from the first five years of the program are showing that Reef Rescue has implemented impressive on-ground changes in the Wet Tropics region.

Final figures show that over five years Water Quality Grant funding of more than $18 million, together with an average of 57 per cent landholder contribution, resulted in more than $43.5 million being invested in agricultural practice change in the Wet Tropics region. Continue Reading…

The Reef Rescue R&D program – outcomes so far

An important part of Reef Rescue is the Reef Rescue Water Quality Research & Development (R&D) program, which has included 18 research projects related to identifying improved management practices and monitoring methods. Over $9 million has been invested between May 2011 and June 2013, with final reports currently being reviewed. Continue Reading…

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group awarded WIN TV Regional Achievement and Community Award

At the Win TV Regional Achievement and Community Awards Gala Dinner on the Sunshine Coast, the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG) took out the Environment and Landcare category. This prestigious award recognises the efforts of groups or individuals that show a proven passion and dedication to reducing environmental impacts and empowering their local communities to improve their management practices.

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Qld NRM Groups helping land managers look after land and water

Over the past 4 years Queensland’s 14 regional natural resource management groups have been working with land managers to help them take better care of their land and water resources.  This video outlines some of the achievements.

Read about our impact

In 2007, the Australian Government announced a $200 million Reef Rescue Program to improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef.  Four years later, Reef Rescue has become a flagship of the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program, and is arguably one of its most successful initiatives, with a high level of stakeholder engagement and support.

The program has achieved unprecedented uptake of new farm management practices to reduce sediment, nutrient and pesticide run-off into waterways, and indirectly has spurred unexpected social and economic benefits, technological innovations and vibrant and innovative partnerships.

Read more about the program’s achievements in the 2011 Impact Statement.

Queensland NRM groups win National Awards

Media Release: Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, The Honourable Andrew Cripps

Several recent awards have highlighted the work done by Queensland’s regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups to protect and preserve natural resources.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the awards demonstrated that Queensland’s 14 regional NRM groups were leading the way in natural resource management.

“Queensland’s NRM groups are doing great work to get the best outcomes for the State’s land, water and other natural resources by restoring and protecting rangelands, waterways, wetlands and wildlife habitats,” Mr Cripps said.

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200 000 People Involved in Practical Change

More than 200,000 people have been engaged in improving land management practice thanks to 56 regional natural resource management groups and the Australian Government. There’s a lot happening in our backyard.

14 Million Hectares of Healthier Land for Food and Fibre

Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management groups work have helped land managers improve the way they manage more than 14 million hectares of land. There’s a lot happening in our backyard.


16 000 Kilometers of Coastline and Waterways Improved

Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management groups work have worked with communities and farmers to improve more than 16,000 kilometres of coastline and waterways! There’s a lot happening in our backyard.

Reef Rescue on show at the Ekka

This year’s show revellers were given the opportunity to learn more about the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Reef Rescue program at the Royal Queensland Show.

Situated within the MEATing Centre on Main Parade, Agforce’s principal Reef Rescue project officer Marie Vitelli said the exhibit was viewed by many of the 400,000 show-goers who poured through the Ekka gates this year.

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