EOI for services | Landholders Driving Change

Landholders Driving Change Project Manager Andrew Yates

EOI to deliver services to graziers close this week

An Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign to deliver a wide range of services to graziers in the Bowen, Broken, Bogie (BBB) catchment near Bowen and Collinsville closes on Friday (9 February).
The campaign is part of NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change project – a large-scale water quality and land improvement project that is being rolled out in the BBB to tackle erosion and improve land management, productivity and Reef water quality in the Burdekin region.
The project is a Burdekin Major Integrated Project funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program.
To maximise value, quality and efficiency of project works, three pools of local service providers are being established through an EOI process to deliver earthmoving machinery and services, repair and environmental improvement services, and farm-based professional services.
Landholders Driving Change Project Manager Andrew Yates has urged local businesses to get involved.
“This project will boost the local Bowen and Collinsville economy over the next few years by providing opportunities for locals to deliver services such as hiring and operating earthmoving machinery; carrying out land repair and providing farm based professional support,” Mr Yates said.
“We’re eager to support local enterprises so I urge businesses located in the Burdekin region to submit an Expression of Interest.
“There has been a lot of interest however we’re keen for more locals to take this opportunity to offer their services.
“The offer period is for three years with a possible one year rollover, and there is potential for suppliers to provide services for other NQ Dry Tropics projects.
“People can contact me if they would like more information and I’m happy to explain the EOI process and requirements,” he said.
The EOI documents are located on www.nqdrytropics.com.au/expression-of-interest-eoi.
The pool of providers will be finalised by the end of this month. Mr Yates can be contacted at NQ Dry Tropics on 4799 3500.

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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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