Two more graziers wanted to beef up LDC panel

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

Nominations close on Monday 26 November.  They will be discussed at the project panel meeting held on Thursday 28 November.

The two new landholder panel members will start in 2019.

To nominate, email your nomination and reasons for nominating, to the project panel secretariat Tanya Magor at

Please ensure contact details are included.

For further information, contact LDC Project Director and NQ Dry Tropics CEO Scott Crawford on 4799 3506 or email at

Project panel terms of reference will be supplied upon request

A bit of background to the Landholders Driving Change project

Project Director and CEO NQ Dry Tropics Dr Scott Crawford

AgForce member Bob Harris, Glencoe Station

Exevale Station grazier Buster O’Loughlin

Mt Pleasant Station grazier Garlone Moulin

Tabletop Station grazier Tom Murphy

CSIRO representative Christian Roth

THE priority of the Burdekin Major Integrated Project (BMIP) is to deliver enduring and sustainable land management within the communities of the Bowen, Broken and Bogie (BBB) catchment.

In turn, this will help improve the productivity of grazing enterprises, reduce the loss of sediment and particulate nutrients, and decrease the impacts on important wetlands, coastal aquatic habitats and ecosystems, and the Great Barrier Reef.

The BMIP, renamed locally as Landholders Driving Change (LDC), represents a unique way of addressing land and water quality issues in a Great Barrier Reef catchment.

As the project title suggests, NQ Dry Tropics and our consortium members have taken a ‘from the ground up’ approach to program design and have involved landholders from the very start of the process.

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THE project panel is made up of representatives (pictured on this page) that include landholders, NQ Dry Tropics, scientists and technical experts, local government and the Queensland Government.

Landholder representation is important for strategic and management oversight of the project, particularly the BBB Grazier Support activity area – to maintain community ownership and a focus on locally relevant and practical program delivery, but also to provide critical input to all other activity areas.

According to the project panel’s Terms of Reference, landholders must make up at least 50% of the project panel. Up to four project panel meetings are scheduled each year.

Project panel members not employed by the Queensland Government, NQ Dry Tropics or who are contracted to the LDC project or related projects, are recompensed for time and travel.


WHILE formal accountability for delivery of the LDC project rests with NQ Dry Tropics, the project panel provides a steering function, within an agreed Terms of Reference that defines the membership, scope, role and operating rules of the panel.

The role of the panel includes:

  • reviewing key LDC project strategy documents and oversight of their implementation;
  • reviewing annual work plans and progress reports;
  • guiding and advising on communications activities; and
  • Identifying and facilitating links, projects, research, policies and programs relevant to successful delivery of the project.

Principal Scientist Jane Waterhouse

Dept Agriculture and Fisheries representative Brigid Nelson

Mt Aberdeen Station grazier Jess Gooding

Office of the Great Barrier Reef representative Meghan Blackburn

Strathalbyn Station grazier Bristow Hughes

Mayor Whitsunday Regional Council Andrew Willcox

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Figure 1. Total fine sediment reduction by project type and erosion source. Inset shows the proportion of the total project area for each project type.

These estimates have been calculated using two methods: 

1) The pollutant reduction component of the Alluvium/Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) investment tool for hillslope and streambank erosion management projects; 

2) The Reef Trust Gully Toolbox method for gully erosion management projects. The LDC Water Quality Report 2020 (Waterhouse et al., 2020) highlights that a number of assumptions underlay these calculations, therefore these figures should be treated as the best available estimate of sediment reductions to date.

Preventing sediment from reaching the Great Barrier Reef

Each wet season sediment is washed into local waterways and out to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). 

Most sediment is very fine, and can stay suspended for a long time and can travel great distances. Valuable topsoil is lost from production, and increased concentrations on the reef can be harmful to seagrasses and corals. 

Landholders in the BBB have completed 69 on-ground water quality practice changes, and it is estimated that these have contributed a fine sediment reduction of 6,154 tonnes per year from reaching the GBR. 

Of this, approximately half of the sediment savings are attributable to grazing land management changes on hillslopes and streambanks, and the other half as a result of gully remediation treatments across a broad range of scales, as shown in the graphs above. 

The table below also highlights the relatively small area of intervention in the gully management projects compared to the large sediment savings that these can achieve - 60 per cent of the sediment savings over only 4 per cent of the project area.

Table 1. Estimated sediment reductions (tonnes) from projects completed in the LDC Project to date.

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*GLMWW = Grazing Land Management Wire and Water

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*The Exploring New Incentives activity area has provided an opportunity for graziers to adopt improved land management practices through a range of activities. For some of these properties, it was the first time they signed contracts for on-ground works.

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The LDC project monitors four gully sites (represented in this table) with gold standard equipment and analysis, carried out by CSIRO.

Results have been compiled in a preliminary report from Bartley et al (2020), with the final report expected to be released by the end of 2020. The preliminary report shows all four sites have indicators of improvements, notably the Strathbogie and Mt Wickham sites.

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Reef regulations - grazing, standard conditions

  1. For land in good or fair condition (more than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), continue using measures to maintain land condition.
  2. For land in poor condition (less than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition.
  3. For land in degraded condition (less than 20 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition OR prevent areas from further degrading or expanding.
  4. Keep records of measures taken and also of agricultural chemicals, fertiliser and mill mud or mill ash applied to land.
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