End Of Year Catch ups

CATCHMENT catch ups are being held across the BBB in December. Check out the dates and venues, we’d love to see you.

Catchment catch up dates:

  • Wednesday, 4 December 11am – 2pm Inkerman Shop  (lunch provided).
  • Wednesday, 4 December 4-7pm Gumlu Tavern  (dinner provided).
  • Thursday, 5 December 4-7pm Bowen River Hotel  (dinner provided).
  • Friday, 6 December 4-7pm Exevale Station  (dinner provided).

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

They are informal social gatherings where project staff, grazier project panel members and landholders can chat and ‘catch up’.  

It’s also a great opportunity for graziers to learn how to get involved in the LDC project.

Information about the new reef regulations will be provided at the catch ups.

Information about the Queensland Government’s new Grazing Resilience And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) program will also be provided.

A total of $5.72 million is available to support beef cattle graziers in the Burdekin, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions to help deliver one-on-one support for graziers and tailored land management plans.

The program also includes $1.43 million in financial incentives for infrastructure improvements such as fencing, water troughs and erosion works.

Priority access to incentive funding will be given to producers who gained accreditation under the former Grazing Best Management Practice Program (Grazing BMP).

Find more information on Reef Regulations and the GRASS program here.

Contact one of the LDC team members to reserve your spot at a Community Catch Up.

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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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