EOI criteria | Landholders Driving Change

Expression of Interest

Exploring New Incentives for provision of

Property to host Demonstration Site

 

The Project

The Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project is one of two major integrated projects funded by the Queensland Government’s Office of the Great Barrier Reef.

Unique to this project is the flexibility of delivery and the utilisation of  funding.

One of the key objectives of the project is the trialling and integration of a mix of conventional and new activities to achieve land management outcomes at a landscape scale.

Criteria

  • The landholder must be prepared to host a sizeable demonstration site on their property.
  • The property must be part of the BBB (Bowen, Broken and Bogie) catchments.
  • The demonstration site must  be between 2000ha and 10,000ha in size.
  • The landholder must be prepared to trial a mix of conventional and innovative practices – for example natural sequence farming principles and time controlled grazing.
  • The landholder must be prepared to support the integration and trialing of new technologies and methodologies on the demonstration site.
  • The landholder must be prepared to be guided on Grazing Land Management.
  • The landholder must be prepared to make some “in kind” contribution to the day to day management of the project.
  • The landholder must be prepared to support the delivery of training and extension activities on the demonstration site for the duration of the project.

Next steps and timelines

  • Decide if you would like to be involved.
  • Complete the details on the property information and site description form below and submit it before 22 February 2019.
  • Attend a meeting to discuss logistics of the project and strengths  of your property as the host property for the demonstration site.

The successful host property will be notified by COB Friday, 1 March, 2019.


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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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