Don’t miss the LDC community update

LOCK in 18 September and join us on a bus tour of properties showcasing LDC’s achievements. It’s an opportunity to talk with landholders, scientists and industry experts. At the end of the day we’ll enjoy dinner in Collinsville.

The details are still being ironed out, but you can expect an invitation to this event to drop into your inbox shortly. Please RSVP by 4 Sepember, either by email to: or by telling an LDC field officer that you would like to attend.

Walking onto the Mt Pleasant demonstration and learning hub site during last year’s bus tour, a fenced 220ha production paddock located between the Bowen Developmental Road and the Collinsville railway line.

Delicious and beautiful sweets table. Last year’s event was catered by the Pit Pony Tavern, Collinsville.

NQ Dry Tropics’ Rod Kerr and Jamie Gordon, Mt Pleasant, listen to proceedings during the 2019 dinner.


The community update will consist of two parts — a bus tour of properties showcasing LDC’s achievements followed by a dinner and entertainment, dubbed ‘Beef, Buckles and Boots’ at the Collinsville-Scottville Workers Club in Railway Road.

It is expected that a bus will leave Collinsville at 8.30am and return at 5pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and mingle with industry and science representatives who will deliver presentations on their involvement with the project during the bus trip.

The Beef, Buckles and Boots dinner event will be held from 5.30pm-11pm in Collinsville.

The guest speaker at the dinner will be rural journalist and Landline host, Pip Courtney.

Photography competition winners will also be announced. Attendees get a chance to vote for their favourite photo for the People’s Choice award.

There’s only one week left until the photography competition closes so hurry and submit your entries via the LDC website here.

This will be the third annual community event held to showcase LDC’s achievements. 

Children are welcome.

Look back on last year’s event here, and the entries in the 2019 LDC Photography Competition here.

Glenn Dale, of ecological engineeering firm Verterra, a principal partner on the Mt Wickham landscape remediation project, provides an overview of the design and works on-ground during the 2019 bus tour.

Participants disembark at the Glen Bowen project site during last year’s tour, a large scale gully remediation project.



NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change project is trialling a new way to deliver a suite of interventions and management efforts to improve water quality and long-term sustainable land management in the BBB.

For the first time, a project at this scale is working with a whole community to achieve long-term economic, social and environmental benefits.

Graziers have been involved from the start and they helped develop the project design. LDC combines graziers’ knowledge with the latest scientific research, trialling and developing solutions to remove the social, financial and technical barriers to practice change.

A project panel, of which 50 per cent is made up by graziers, advises and oversees the LDC action plan. It’s role is to make sure the project remains focused on land remediation and management activities relevant to graziers. 

And because land management and tackling erosion isn’t just an issue for graziers, the LDC project is working with all land managers in the BBB, including mines, utilities and government departments. It is also working alongside and supporting other local projects.

  • Grassroots design developed by locals for local needs.
  • Community-led co-governance model.
  • Strong delivery framework (process, partnerships, capacity).
  • Strong partnerships between community, scientists, government and industry.
  • Unprecedented levels of interest, engagement and participation by all land managers (grazing, local government, mining, infrastructure and utility organisations).
  • A mix of activities that works and is delivering results.
  • Integration with other initiatives and services.
  • Sophisticated monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Explicit focus on transferability and scalability. An increasing sense of community responsibility for good land stewardship.
  • Trust


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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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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*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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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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