Landholders Driving Change | LDC

Our reponse to COVID-19


A Burdekin Major Integrated project

Photography Competition 2020

People’s Choice Winner – 2019

The LDC Photography Competition 2020 kicks off on Monday 15 June.
Click here to ENTER or to brush up on the rules and categories for this popular BBB competition.

Historical photos

Click here to SUBMIT historical photos from the BBB.



Latest news

Last chance

June 2020

The LDC project launched its “Last Chance” call for project proposals by BBB landholders last month. With the project scheduled to...

Welcome Dan

June 2020

NQ Dry Tropics welcomes new staff member Dan Hazelman, who brings with him more than 20 years of civil engineering experience in the...

  • WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this website may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

Social media

About the LDC project

Erosion is a big issue in the Dry Tropics of North Queensland. It causes valuable topsoil primarily from grazing lands to wash downstream, carrying fine sediment particles that reduce the amount of light needed by coral reefs and seagrass to grow and thrive.

Landholders Driving Change is a Burdekin Major Integrated Project funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program

The LDC team


Project Director
CEO NQ Dry Tropics
Dr Scott Crawford
Acting Project Manager
Rod Kerr
Land Management
Support Coordinator
Rodger Walker 
Team Leader
Mick Shannon
Senior Grazing
Support Officer
Adrienne Hall
Grazing Support
Sheridan Callcott
Senior Project Officer
Cherry Emerick
MERI Officer
Barbara Colls
Program Support Officer
Tanya Magor


BBB Grazier Support


More than 90 per cent of land in the BBB is used for grazing. The BBB Grazier Support program aims to provide all local graziers with education, training, technical support and incentives to help them adopt improved land management practices.

Landscape Remediation


Gully erosion causes approximately 65 per cent of the fine sediment load that comes from the BBB. The Landscape Remediation program aims to develop fast, effective and economical approaches to gully remediation.

Influencing Other Land Managers

This program will encourage non-graziers who manage, or use land in the BBB to get involved with the project so it can truly be a whole-of-catchment effort. Four councils operate in the catchment and there is major infrastructure such as power lines, roads and rail lines.

Exploring New Incentives


LDC works closely with landholders to investigate a range of approaches that reward good practice, and identify which options to pursue in the BBB. These could include market-based approaches such as grants, concessional loans, insurance mechanisms, stewardship payments, stamp duty relaxation, rate rebates, taxes, levies or market premiums. Some practice changes may only require short-term financial assistance, while others may need additional support to help maintain long-term benefits.

Policy Engagement


The Policy Engagement program aims to support BBB landholders to cut through regulatory red tape that may be preventing them from adopting practice changes.

Landholders Driving Change project

The Landholders Driving Change project is a Burdekin Major Integrated Project delivered by NQ Dry Tropics and funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program.

 07 4799 3500

12 Wills Street,
Townsville City, Q4810
35 Don Street,
Bowen, Q4805



LANDHOLDERS worked with scientists to design the LDC project activities. These fall into five areas: