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…

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…

BMRG Flood Recovery Program Rolling On

An $8 million On Farm Productivity and Riparian Flood Recovery Program being rolled out over the next two years via BMRG is well under way.

Jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian government, this program is helping primary producers to restore productivity and address major damage to waterways and floodplains following flooding in late January 2013 caused by Ex-Tropical cyclone Oswald.

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Forum Brings Scientists and Land Managers Together to Rescue the Reef

Media Release
14 October 2013

Scientists and land managers from across Queensland are gathering in Bargara this week for a forum hosted by the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. The forum will lay the ground work for delivery of the Australian government’s Reef Rescue 2 program which will build on the work of the last five years of Reef Rescue in improving the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

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Djiru people managing country at Mission Beach

With help from Terrains’ Habitat Incentives Project (HIP), the Djiru people are drafting an integrated natural resource management plan for two big blocks of land, which are home to the endangered cassowary and littoral rainforest, at Mission Beach.

In September 2011, the Djiru people, past and present, were recognised as the Native Title holders of their traditional lands in the Mission Beach area.

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Walkway and viewing platform to protect hidden gem

Tucked away on the North West side of North Stradbroke Island, is a hidden gem known as Myora Springs, which has long had a cultural significance for the Traditional Owner group here, the Quandamooka people, who locally refer to this site as Capembah Springs, which refers to the big hill just south of the Spring.

With a nationally endangered littoral rainforest on one side, and sheltering mangroves on the other, the unique natural beauty of these springs has made it a popular water hole, frequently visited by some of the local schools and universities.

To ensure preservation of this unique spot for future generations, a need was identified to help manage some of the unintentional erosion and a loss of vegetation, including mangrove dieback, that was occurring due to a high number of visitors walking across the area.

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Normanton Ranger Group watch over and protect significant wetland

The Normanton Ranger Group has, with assistance from a Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Caring for our Country Project, been able to build a seclusion fence around a significant wetland.  A key focus of this and other projects the Normanton Rangers have been working on has been monitoring the effectiveness of these management actions, which the rangers have done using I-Tracker Management and developing their own monitoring methodologies.

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Rare insights to Indigenous knowledge via online videos

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

A series of short videos offering a rare insight into indigenous knowledge of country and ecology in central Queensland are now available on YouTube at

Fitzroy Basin Association Incorporated (FBA) developed the videos, which feature Traditional Owners talking about the cultural significance of different landscapes, and how different plants were used for practical purposes, food, and medicine, through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program.

Video below: The Fitzroy River with Billy Mann

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Something is brewing

Like the electrical charge building before a storm breaks over a mountain range, there is a powerful energy building over the Bunya Mountains in the South Burnett — but it has nothing to do with rain.

A major event is in the making for the 2014 bunya nut season on the Bunya Mountains, which will mark the first major gathering of Traditional Owners and other Bunya Peoples at this important cultural site since the large boyne boyne festivals of yesteryear. The last of these gatherings took place after the First World War, before the surrounding land and songlines were fragmented by settlement.

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Regional NRM groups welcome $80m budget allocation

Media Release

Queensland’s Regional Natural Resource Management Groups have welcomed today’s budget announcement of $80 million for a five year natural resource management program.

Andrew Drysdale, CEO Queensland Regional NRM Groups’ Collective said to receive this level of funding in such tight financial times was particularly welcome.

“This commitment indicates the importance the Newman Government places on keeping Queensland’s landscapes viable, productive and sustainable,” Drysdale said. Continue Reading…