Biosecurity regulations

Biosecurity regulations beefed-up PEOPLE going onto a farming operation where animals are kept must now comply with the property’s biosecurity management plan when they enter or leave and while they are on the property. The amended legislation allows police and...

Meet and greet

Meet and greet for all landholders LDC, in collaboration with the Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group and the Eungella Community Development Association, is hosting a ‘meet and greet’ at Eungella Memorial Hall (The Hub) on Saturday, 11 May. Event:   ‘Meet and Greet’...

Plan to succeed

LDC Program Manager Lisa Hutchinson, Leanne and Barry O’Sullivan, Glenalpine Station, and Mick Shannon. Restructure and fresh eyes – there’s never been a better time to get involved with the LDC I STARTED as project manager for the Landholders...

Scottville Cluster

Inspecting a series of actively eroding gullies in sodosol soils at Todsure, from left, Graham Gordon, DAF’s Bob Shepherd, Carl Groocock, LDC’s Adrienne Hall, LDC’s Matt Miles, LDC’s Rodger Walker, Leanne Groocock and Barry Collett. All the...

Financials – May

CLANCY looks at tax strategies for farms and small businesses in an article written in two parts. This month he tackles income tax and next month he will focus on capital gains tax. SMALL businesses are the engine room of our economy, representing 99 per cent of all...

NQDT newsletter

Subscribe to the quarterly NQ Dry Tropics newsletter Fantastic “before” and “after” pictures of wetlands repair in the Burdekin Highlighting the beauty hidden in beach scrub Plenty to read in the first edition NQ Dry Tropics has launched its...
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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.