Media Release

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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Reef Rescue Awards to recognise champion land managers

Media Release 1 March 2013

The inaugural Reef Rescue Awards have been launched today, calling for nominations from champion land managers who have been working to reduce their off-farm impact on the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Andrew Drysdale, Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s Regional NRM Groups’ Collective, a member of the Reef Rescue Alliance partnership, said he is excited about the announcement of the awards as it means that the farmers and graziers who have been working to change their practices for the better will be recognised for their efforts and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

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Millions of Queenslanders working for a better environment

Media release
26 February 2013

14 regional natural resouce management groups across Queensland are working together to engage the community in caring for our natural environment.

Over the past four years, these regions have informed more than 1.15 million people about natural resource management (NRM) issues in their local area to ensure that the soil, water and coastal systems our community and economy depend on are better managed.

Mike Berwick, Chair Queensland Regional NRM Groups’ Collective said by working to better inform the community about land and water management issues, Queensland regions have achieved some impressive NRM outcomes across the state.

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Even shorebirds need trees

Media Release

Whilst the majority of our migratory waders roost (rest) on sandy beaches at high tide, some rely on the mangroves and tidal wetlands to provide suitable roost sites.  Sadly, worldwide these habitats are in decline and are being lost through land reclamation and development.

After the flood event in the summer of 2011, the Port of Bundaberg removed over 360 cubic metres of clean sand from the Burnett River.  Saltwater inundation also resulted in some vegetation loss on the Port’s lands and in particular a small patch of remnant bushland actually located within the Port’s main spoil pond.

Members of the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and Birdlife Bundaberg who monitor the Port’s resident and migratory shorebird population offered to replant the patch.

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Putting a value on the great outdoors

Media release from from SEQ Catchments
20 November 2012

For many people a weekend away camping or bushwalking is just what’s needed to recharge the batteries for another working week.

But how does a market driven economy place a value on the sound of water flowing, bird song at dawn, the coolness of a rainforest and the scent of clean mountain air?

Often referred to as ‘ecosystem services’, these are the benefits that people receive from the natural environment such as clean air, clean water, healthy soils or just enjoying being in the great outdoors.

Renowned American ecological economist Robert Constanza was in Brisbane yesterday to launch a new framework which is set to revolutionise the way planners and policy makers think about the benefits the environment brings to our way of life, our communities and overall well-being.

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Knowledge framework released for natural resource management

A new framework for managing knowledge and information related to land and water management in Queensland has been released. The framework outlines how natural resource management knowledge and information can be better managed and better exchanged.

Andrew Drysdale, CEO Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective said the Framework will allow natural resource management groups and their partners to better manage knowledge and information.

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Agreement signed for biosecurity

Pest plants and animals pose a major threat to Queensland’s biodiversity, our agriculture and our regional lifestyles. But last week, an historic MOU was signed that aims to improve the management of weeds and pest animals across the State.

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by by Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective, Local Government Association of Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland (a division of DEEDI) aims to assist in the implementation of the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy, the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 and Regional Natural Resource Management plans.

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