QMDC’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ wins award for flood recovery

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ Flood Recovery program has won the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award at this year’s Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards.  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…

Partnership paves the way for protection of Ballancar’s cultural heritage

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) is working with a grazing family and Traditional Owners in South East Queensland to manage the future of numerous significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites found on an historic property.

The property Ballancar is owned by Peter and Rochelle Jesser and was the subject of an archaeological study QMDC commissioned, identifying at least nine Aboriginal cultural heritage sites including scar trees, earth ovens, grinding stones and scatters of stone tools and flakes. Continue Reading…

Boosting pasture sustainability

Fertility rundown in sown grass pastures is a widespread problem in Queensland, with an estimated cost to industry of more than $17 billion during the next 30 years.

It results in less vigorous, less productive pastures with a lower basal groundcover and increased bare ground, leading to increased run-off and soil erosion. The decline in vigour of the pasture also results in lower competitive ability and the subsequent invasion by unproductive grasses and weeds.

In the Maranoa-Balonne, the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee has worked to demonstrate the importance of nutrients on the health, groundcover and production of rundown pastures to local landholders. Continue Reading…

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…

Post-flood resilience in the Murray-Darling Basin

Ensuring resilience in the landscape of the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin has certainly been challenging in the wake of a series of devastating flood events in 2010 and 2011. The region is now aced with a massive rebuilding and recovery task in the wake of not one, but four flood events in the past few months.

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee is coordinating a whole of basin response to these damaging weather events, with a focus on supporting landholders to ensure they have sustainability businesses.

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee CEO Geoff Penton said it’s impossible to focus on resilient landscapes until you help landholders get back on their feet. Continue Reading…