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.
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.
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.
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.
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. https://www.facebook.com/OurBigBackyard. There’s a lot happening in our backyard.
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. https://www.facebook.com/OurBigBackyard. There’s a lot happening in our backyard.
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! https://www.facebook.com/OurBigBackyard. There’s a lot happening in our backyard.
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.
Reef Rescue is now 2 years old, and growers funded in the first year have had time to operate their new equipment and document the impact of the Reef Rescue investment. This documentation is important not only for the grower, but also enables others to see and recognise the potential benefits of making such a practice change on their properties.
To promote these changes to a broader audience Growcom has compiled a number of case studies which are available for viewing on Growcom’s website (www.growcom.com.au). The case studies provide the viewer with a short presentation outlining who and where the grower is, what their current practices are, recognition of changes required, new practices implemented, and production and environmental benefits.
More than a quarter of a million people tuned into ABC’s Landline program when it featured a special reef and agriculture segment – with over half the viewers being city dwellers.
Landline’s story focused on the Federal Government’s Reef Rescue incentive program compared with recent regulation brought in by the Queensland Government.
Landline was inspired to follow up on the story, after they had seen segments from CANEGROWERS ‘Virtual Bus Tour’ project. Their intentions were to show the Landline audience some of the technology and good farming practices they had seen on the short cane movies.
The strong message for the Landline program, which has been covering agricultural issues across Australia since 1991, is that there are impressive things going on in cane.