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Meet and greet

LDC, in collaboration with the Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group is hosting a ‘meet and greet’ at Eungella Memorial Hall (The Hub)...

Plan to succeed

I STARTED as project manager for the Landholders Driving Change project on 1 April. The irony was lost on me - but a number of people...

Scottville Cluster

DAF principal extension officer (grazing land management) Bob Shepherd is providing expertise to help the Scottville cluster group...

Financials – May

SMALL businesses are the engine room of our economy, representing 99 per cent of all businesses in Australia. There are a range of...

NQDT newsletter

NQ Dry Tropics has launched its newsletter.  It will be published online four times a year. The company is an independent community-based...

Toolbox

NQ DRY Tropics has developed an online tool box to help landholders assess the condition of soil on different land types across their...

Hub

A FACEBOOK group has been formed for BBB graziers and non-grazing land managers who work in the Bowen, Broken, Bogie (BBB) catchment...

Soil

THE only way to determine the soil nutrient profile is to undertake a soil test.  Soil analysis can measure the soil’s ability to supply...

Trial something

WANT to trial something on your property?  Up to $40,000 per enterprise is available to help make your business more resilient while...

NIRS Testing

THE quality of the diet consumed by cattle is one of the main determinants of productivity, including reproductive performance, growth...

Herd productivity

MEASURING and benchmarking the herd’s performance and productivity is a key step in analysing the profitability and productivity of...

Walking landscape

THE field day will visit three properties, Mt Wickham, Riverview and Glen Bowen stations on 1 May. At Mt Wickham and Riverview,...

Leadership course

A LEADERSHIP program, developed specifically for graziers in the Bowen and Collinsville region, has kicked off. Thirteen local...

RASH

WE have packaged a soil health tool kit for graziers  - a Rapid Assessment of Soil Health (RASH) manual written by well known...

Paneleers

STRONG and ongoing local participation is the cornerstone of the Landholders Driving Change project (LDC).  Local graziers have been...

Hygiene workshop

LDC hosted a Weed Hygiene workshop at the Collinsville Scottville Workers Club in March.  Landholders learned about biosecurity,...

MERI

MONITORING and evaluation of the LDC project is a process of zooming in and zooming out across a number of scales. We zoom in on some...

Whoa

The LDC whoa boy project continues to roll out across the catchment in 2019. Whoa boys are a simple method for controlling erosion on...

Soil test

THE only way to determine the soil nutrient profile is to undertake a soil test. Soil analysis can measure the soil’s ability to supply...

Faecel testing

The quality of the diet consumed by cattle is one of the main determinants of productivity, including reproductive performance, growth...

Forage budget

ADJUSTING stocking rates to meet current feed supply, animal requirements, and ground cover targets is considered best management...

Weetalaba workshop

FIVE quality speakers from RCS, DAF and cattle producers gave informative presentations, and the common message from all speakers was...

Remediation

THE aim of the Landscape Remediation Activity Area is to develop effective and economical approaches to gully remediation.  LDC is...

Clusters

COLLINSVILLE grazier Jim Hillier (pictured) knows a thing or two about landscape remediation - he has spent his whole life working with...

BBB hub

A FACEBOOK group has been formed for BBB graziers and non-grazing land managers who work in the Bowen, Broken, Bogie (BBB) catchment...

Regulations

TO address frustration about the complexity of the regulatory system affecting agriculture - specifically grazing - the LDC project has...

Common ground

THE LDC team is engaging with non-grazing land managers to help them get involved with the project. Two forums were held in Eungella...

Reef regulations

THE LDC project aims to connect landholders around Bowen and Collinsville with government representatives to discuss policy and...

New Boss

I have tendered my resignation to NQ Dry Tropics to support my wife in an exciting career move. Congratulations to Lisa Hutchinson who...

Incentives grant

WANT to trial something on your property?  Up to $40,000 per enterprise is available to help make your business more resilient while...

Collaboration

LEVERAGING cross team collaboration is a no-brainer, it leads to deeper insights, fresher perspectives and delivers results. Staff from...

River Symposium 2019

This year’s International RiverSymposium is showcasing innovative programs from around the world that are transforming ailing rivers...

Policy engagement

LDC has held a round table to coordinate engagement between landholders and government decision makers on relevant policy and...

Reef 2050 WQIP

The Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017-2022 is a joint commitment of the Australian and Queensland governments. The plan is...

Provider workshops

Two workshops were held in February for non-graziers who manage or use land in the BBB, on how they can get involved in the LDC project...

The Digital Farmer

LDC hosted AGDATA Australia to deliver Phoenix Farm Management Software workshops to local graziers in February. Participants completed...

Feral pig control

The Whitsunday Regional Council’s 2018/19 feral pig aerial control program is on course to eclipse the previous year’s tally.  The LDC...

Gully symposium

The 8th International Symposium on Gully Erosion (ISGE) is being held in Townsville on 21-27 July - the first ISGE in the southern...

Leadership Program

Do you want to be part of the future of your region?  Do you want to work with your community to plan your future?A leadership program...

Demo sites

LDC wants to establish two ‘whole of enterprise’ demonstration sites to ground truth a wide range of management and landscape...

Mackay Grazing Forum

Reef Catchments is once again hosting a Grazing Forum in Mackay. Guest speakers at the 28 March forum include Charles Massey, author of...

Catchment catchups

The LDC ‘Catchment Catch ups’ are an opportunity for graziers to quiz the grazier support team about the LDC project and priorities...

New panel members

The LDC has two new panel members - grazier Dan Kenny, of Dartmoor Station, and Samantha Stone-Jovicich, a CSIRO scientist.  We welcome...

Mt Wickham update

LDC is conducting a large-scale gully remediation project on Mt Wickham. Since initial works were completed in November 2018, 745mm of...

Wet start to 2019

TropWATER has generously shared these images of plume extending to Old Reef, Midshelf Reef, and central Great Barrier Reef, along with...

Grazier Support 2019

As part of an integrated program the LDC team in conjunction with project partners RCS and DAF is delivering a series of workshops and...

Financials – FMDs

WITH drought ravishing most of the State, forced sales are a point of conversation for many primary producers and tax advisers. If used...

Grazing fundamentals

THE Landholders Driving Change (LDC) Grazing Support Team will this year deliver four events targeting grazing fundamentals. The first...

Two demo sites

RESTORING landscape function, the introduction of technology and innovation in land management and access to cutting-edge monitoring...

Gully symposium

THE 8th International Symposium on Gully Erosion will be held in Townsville on 21-27 July. This will be the first ISGE in the southern...

Borrow a level

THE LDC project  has a state-of-the-art laser level to help landholders plan and design surface water management structures. Managing...

Demo site search

ARE you keen to integrate innovation and technology into your management system to optimise productivity and profit? Keen to access...

LDC design

LDC is tackling erosion and improving land management from the ground up.  Strong and ongoing local participation is the cornerstone of...

The 2050 Plan

The Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017-2022 is a joint commitment of the Australian and Queensland governments. The plan is...

Soil the key

Effective management of soils and pastures is fundamental to the productivity of the agricultural industry and the health of the...

Welcome Lisa

NQ Dry Tropics’ Lisa Hutchinson is joining the LDC team as a Senior Project Officer. Lisa’s strong connections with the BBB grazing...

Water Tester

WATER samples collected by the volunteer network of graziers across Burdekin tributaries and major sub-catchments will help trace the...

Rain test

Great news - the rain poured down and remediation work on a large-scale gully at Mt Wickham held up! A total of 33.6mm of rain fell...

Manager’s message

The end of year is always a good time to reflect and 2018 has been a busy year. This year the priority has been getting BBB graziers...

Meet Matt

I was born in Mudgee in Central West NSW before moving to Northern NSW to study Environmental Science. I started my career in aquatic...

Works and Training

Graziers in the BBB have a suite of funded on-ground works, and training opportunities available to them as part of the LDC project to...

Reef Champions

The Reef Champion Awards are supported by the ‘Reef Trust: Reef Alliance – Growing a Great Barrier Reef’ project, which is funded by...

LDC knees-up

Graziers along with the LDC team enjoyed a end of year social at the Bowen River Hotel last month. Guest speaker Roger Landsberg, of...

Farm Financials

Agriculture is a sophisticated and highly technical industry, and contributes significantly to the Australian economy and community....

Reef champions

CONGRATULATIONS to local graziers who have been announced as finalists in the 2018 Reef Champion Awards. Barry and Leanne O’Sullivan,...

Drought review

THE Queensland Government’s Drought Program is being reviewed.  An expert panel is considering what has worked well, what could be...

Washdown opening

THE Collinsville small vehicle washdown facility was officially opened last week by Cr Peter Ramage, Whitsunday Regional Council. The...

Carbon farming

CARBON farming projects generate income for landholders through changes in land management practices which reduce greenhouse gas...

Beefier panel

The LDC project is looking for more landholder representation on its project panel to provide strategic and management oversight....

Agronomy workshops

THE LDC has enlisted the expertise of agriculture consultant and qualified nutritionist Jim Wade of Wade Agriculture Consultants to...

Plan for succession

THE LDC has enlisted the expertise of Proagtive Agribusiness Solutions to deliver a Succession Planning workshop in Bowen. It’s aimed...

Washdown working

THE region’s first community washdown facility has been installed in Collinsville to prevent the spread of weeds. Designed for 4WDs,...

Whoa boy project

MORE than 20 grazing properties are taking part in the whoa boy project that is being rolled out across the BBB catchment. LDC hosted...

Riversymposium

LANDHOLDERS Driving Change is facilitating a multidisciplinary approach to designing cost-effective approaches to remediate large-scale...

Having a say

NEVER before has a project taken such a wide-ranging approach to improving land and water quality at a catchment scale. Strong and...

Project Panel meets

THE next LDC project panel meeting will be held on 27 and 28 September. Panel members will also inspect several sites on which...

Feral pig control

THE LDC project will match landholders’ contributions towards the cost of the aerial control of feral pigs in the Whitsunday region. ...

The need for an LDC

In response to the ongoing water quality impacts affecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), the Queensland and Australian...

Less stress

The aim of the workshop is to help graziers to handle stock in a calm and confident manner in all situations. Topics covered include:...

Works at Mt Wickham

LANDHOLDERS Driving Change is conducting a large-scale gully remediation project on Mt Wickham. In mid-August LDC staff walked the...

Gully work begins

THANKS to the landholders who nominated potential gully remediation works.  It was great to receive a high level of interest and it is...

Whoa boy project

Never before has a whoa boy project rolled out across the BBB catchment.  Every landholder in the catchment is invited to be involved. ...

Rehydration workshop

AFTER experiencing a succession of dry winters, Mingela grazier Chris LeFeurve decided to take steps to improve the drought resilience...

Beef Up Forum

THE LDC project will cover the admission fee and overnight accommodation for BBB landholders who attend the Beef Up Forum...

BBB Training

THE LDC team has put together a suite of training opportunities that could be useful for graziers in the BBB. It is not a complete...

Landscape Rehydration

THIS workshop is a must to attend.  Learn about Natural Sequence Farming, soil rehydration and erosion control in grazing landscapes at...

Soil Health brochure

PEOPLE are the most important asset in any grazing business, but soil is a close second. Soil underpins the growth of all plants,...

Whoa boy project

NEVER before has a whoa boy project rolled out across the catchment. LDC will host highly-respected landcare specialist and plant...

RCS Grazing Clinic

This power-packed two and a half day clinic will have you walking away with the confidence and practical know-how to go home and begin...

Less stress

The aim of the workshop is to help graziers to handle stock in a calm and confident manner in all situations. Topics covered include:...

Eco-graze Workshop

Eco-graze workshop Holistic Grazing Planning - Increasing pasture and animal productivity: Day 1 - learn about how nature functions...

Five Activity Areas

THE activities of the Landholders Driving Change project fall within five main areas: BBB Grazier Support; Landscape Remediation;...

BBB Gully Repair

GOT an eroding gully problem? If you’re in the Bowen, Broken, Bogie catchment, you’re probably in luck. The Landholders Driving Change...

Washdown facility

THE region’s first community washdown facility is expected to open in Collinsville in July, 2018. LDC committed to fund the small...