Woodslake is perhaps the most culturally significant site in the closer Burketown locality. Traditional owners once relied on this pristine freshwater ecosystem as their water, food, cultural and recreational source. Since then pressures and impacts from road construction, pastoralist activities and other forms of infrastructure have created major erosion and sediment control problems in and around the lake. The adverse impact to water quality and general loss of biodiversity over this time, as seen through the eyes of Gangalidda and Garawa Traditional Owners, has been alarming.
Soils4Grazing is a joint project between Southern Gulf Catchments Limited and the Queensland government’s FutureBeef team to assist producers recover pastures on degraded but otherwise productive land types.
The project is investigating the use of mechanical treatments to restore productive grazing land, increase vegetation cover and promote storage of carbon in the soil. It aims to identify the most suitable methods for different land types. Continue Reading…
8 May 2013
Four organisations across FNQ are bringing together some of Australia’s leading carbon farming specialists at this year’s FNQ Field Day, which takes place 29 – 30 May at Mareeba.
Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, Southern Gulf Catchments, Cook Shire Council and Terrain NRM are providing visitors to the field day with a jam-packed schedule of presentations and workshops as well as technical natural resource management information and extension services.
The Desert Channels Group (DCG) have recently embarked on an important project to ensure the continued high standard of water quality in the region. Surface water monitoring is happening at a number of locations in the Galilee Basin.
“The regular collection of water samples at some of the most important river systems in the Desert Channels, North Queensland Dry Tropics and Southern Gulf regions will help to determine baseline information about the quality of the water in our rivers” said Christine O’Brien, DC Solutions Project Manager.
Southern Gulf Catchments worked with landholders to protect priority habitat areas in the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria catchments, as part of the Back on Track – Actions for Biodiversity project.
Three properties (Barr Creek, Mount Emu, Maiden Springs) received funding to complete four on-ground projects, which assisted in grazing management to protect species and habitat. The total area of over 17,000 hectares directly benefited from these on-ground works. Each participating property was assisted and encouraged to enter further discussions with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) about potential completion of an Nature Refuge Agreement.
Across Southern Gulf Catchments (SGC), future sustainable agriculture projects and services are being guided by the governments’ funding guidelines and local industry priorities through the Pastoral Industry Advisory Group (PIAG).
Our focus is on securing a strong future for our region and as primary land users, the grazing industry plays a vital role in the viability of our rural communities and overall landscape health. Simone Parker, Operations Manager, Southern Gulf Catchments.
The Pasture Industry Advisory Group is made up of twelve local landholders from across the region as well as representatives from Southern Gulf Catchments and the former Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. It was initially established in 2010 to provide comment on natural resource management strategies as well as guidance on future projects and investment programs relevant to the region’s grazing industry. Continue Reading…