Fencing

Big outcomes for largest catchment draining to GBR

Central Queensland’s leading natural resource management group Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) coordinated the delivery of more than $30 million in funding under the first five years of Reef Rescue with over 800,000 hectares encompassed by on-ground projects.

FBA CEO Paul Birch said during this time FBA and its delivery partners worked with land managers and the community to adopt better practices, protect and restore sensitive ecosystems, and improve knowledge of the link between water quality and the reef. Continue Reading…

Fencing boosts biodiversity for Goondiwindi graziers

Goondiwindi graziers Kim and Judy Felton-Taylor are enjoying increased biodiversity while maintaining production on their cattle property ‘Terella’ after working with QMDC and Landcare to successfully manage 130 hectares of riparian and remnant vegetation.

The couple began working closely with Landcare coordinators and QMDC Technical staff in 2009 and one year later undertook a Regional Incentives Project to enhance biodiversity values on their land.    Continue Reading…

Improving water quality through watering points

Farmers in the Fitzroy Basin, the largest catchment draining to the Great Barrier Reef, have been working to construct fences and watering points to keep cattle away from streams and creeks.

Central Queensland’s leading natural resource management group, Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) CEO Paul Birch said these measures reduce the erosion of creek beds and improves the quality of water that flows from our basin to the reef.

“In the past year FBA has worked with farmers, landholders and community groups to fence over 400 kilometres of streams and creeks,” Mr Birch said.

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Dairy Farmers improving practices for productivity and the reef environment

See how dairy farmers are working to enhance water quality flowing to the Great Barrier Reef thanks to the Australian Government’s Reef Rescue Program.

Eleven creeks protected in CQ’s best coastal project

Trudy and Lachlan Mace’s property near Stanage Bay in central Queensland encompasses more than ten thousand hectares of magnificent marine plains, estuarine wetland and freshwater creeks.

Fencing erected this year on Toorilla Station is giving greater protection to 11 freshwater creeks, which supply 285 ha of wetland, from the effects of erosion from cattle grazing on the property.

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If you fence it, they will eat it

Making cattle eat the right grass in the right place is a lot like forcing a child to eat their vegetables – it’s difficult. When cattle find a more desirable grass species in a level, shady spot, they stick around.

This was the problem that faced Phil and Deborah Reid, the owners of Limestone, a cattle property located at the base of the Peak Downs Ranges near Emerald, with spectacular open downs and mountain coolibah woodland country.

Reef Rescue funding helped the Reids make simple changes to their farm infrastructure that allow them to better control cattle movement to achieve even grazing pressure and reduce erosion. Continue Reading…

If you fence it, they will eat it

Making cattle eat the right grass in the right place is a lot like forcing a child to eat their vegetables – it’s difficult. When cattle find a more desirable grass species in a level, shady spot, they stick around.

This was the problem that faced Phil and Deborah Reid, the owners of Limestone, a cattle property located at the base of the Peak Downs Ranges near Emerald, with spectacular Open Downs and Mountain Coolibah Woodland country. Continue Reading…

The Sustainable Agriculture program – working together to improve and protect the land

The Condamine Alliance Sustainable Agriculture program is dedicated to improving and protecting agricultural land in the Condamine catchment.

It does this by helping farmers obtain and apply new skills, knowledge and practices to better manage soil carbon and groundcover.

Groundcover is one of the best ways to guard against erosion and keep soil safe.

Over the past year, the Sustainable Agriculture program has helped 150 cropping and grazing farmers apply improved practices across more than 20,000 hectares to manage soil carbon and reduce erosion risk.

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QMDC delivers on-ground results

Landholders across the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin have contributed more than $350,000 to on-ground works as part of the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee’s sub-catchment planning process in recent years.

QMDC Chief Executive Officer Geoff Penton said sub-catchment planning (SCP) encouraged landholders to address land, water, vegetation and other natural resource management (NRM) issues at a landscape scale.

“SCP is a local community process whereby we can leverage funding, for example from the Queensland Government’s Q2 Coasts and Country program, into significant on-ground outcomes,” he said. Continue Reading…

Reef Rescue grants secure water for the long term

Collinsville grazier Brett Stagg knows the value of water.

While the past season has been good, Brett’s number one priority is to secure water for the long-term.

While acknowledging it as no small task to organise water for his 6620 hectare property, Mr Stagg said he has been greatly assisted by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Reef Rescue initiative and encouraged other graziers to investigate on-ground grants this new financial year.

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