Fitzroy Basin Association

Grazier reaps rewards of long-term commitment to sustainability

When Chris Hensley and his wife Nina bought Peak Vale in the Drummond Range, 60 km south-west of Clermont, in 1997 it was in a degraded condition; however, the husband and wife team have turned their enterprise around and are reaping the rewards of their long-term commitment to building a sustainable and profitable business.  Continue Reading…

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…

One hop away from extinction

The Kroombit Tinker frog, found only in the rainforests south of Gladstone in Central Queensland is in a precarious situation.

These critically endangered frogs are pretty sensitive – they need to live at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level or higher. So the Kroombit Tops National Park and Kroombit Forest Reserve are the last places on earth they exist.

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Spray rig improvements made possible through BMP program

Grains Best Management Practices (BMP) program is helping farmers get the best out of their equipment, for more efficiently produced grains and great environmental gains.

Grain growers like Carmel and Kevin O’Keeffe who own and run Wallalee, a 3925 hectare mixed grazing and grains enterprise near Emerald are discovering they can vastly improve the performance of their spray equipment, resulting in less time spent in the field, less wasted chemicals and reduced run-off into local waterways.

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Historic family property awarded top honour in In Reef Rescue grains category

David and Adele O’Connor of Springsure property “Mountain View” have been awarded the Reef Rescue award in the grain category for their outstanding work through the program.

Mountain View has been in the family for 127 years and sits South of the Springsure watershed of the Comet and Nogoa River Catchments with several creeks originating in the area. The O’Connor’s have reduced the amount of nutrients, sediment and chemicals flowing into these creeks and improved their bottom line by introducing a grazing and cropping management regime that rests pastures and improves pasture-cropping practices.

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Indigenous stories about country go online

Social media is helping to harness the ancient oral history of indigenous people for contemporary audiences.

A series of short videos showcasing indigenous knowledge of country and ecology in central Queensland are now available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/fitzroybasin.

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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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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. Continue Reading…

Growing better: Halting run-off in horticulture

Rainy weather in CQ in the last few years has been a boon for local wetlands, and the fish, birds and other wildlife that rely on them. One local grower is helping protect local natural beauty by reducing run-off from his property.

The Coleman family farm produces a range of foods that appear on the menu for most families including sweet potatoes, sweet corn, zucchini, pumpkins as well as melons. A wetland located downhill from the farm situated on the Fitzroy flood plain at Gracemere, west of Rockhampton, is being protected from stormwater run-off thanks to Reef Rescue funding. Continue Reading…