Natalie Fredrickson from Dalrymple Station

LDC reaches out to the Upper Broken River catchment

THE LDC project is reaching out into the Upper Broken River catchment (Eungella, Broken River, Crediton and Dalrymple Heights). More than 60 people attended a ‘meet and greet’ at Eungella Memorial Hall in May, and as a result, an action plan is being developed.

The aim of the ‘meet and greet’ was to determine how the LDC project could best help and support landholders in the Upper Broken River catchment to tackle erosion and improve land management, productivity and water quality.

A number of themes emerged and the LDC team, in conjunction with local landholders and landcare providers, and delivery partners, are now developing an action plan tailored to landholders needs.

Key themes include:

  • Apply practical solutions and approaches to help control Giant Rat’s Tail Grass and other priority invasive plants.
  • Create and maintain high quality pasture, and build and promote soil health.
  • Rehabilitate remnant rainforest destroyed by recent fires through a fire restoration project and revegetation projects.
  • Waterway restoration through management of the waterways themselves and through managing stock on water courses.
  • Implement a Neighbourhood Fire Management Plan for properties with Eucalyptus montivaga open forest communities.
  • Identify carbon farming potential on small blocks.

The LDC team is looking forward to working with the Upper Broken River catchment. Watch this space for updates.

The LDC team also acknowledges and thank Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group and the Eungella Community Development Association for helping organise the ‘meet and greet’ at the  Eungella Memorial Hall (The Hub).

For further information contact Rodger Walker on M: 0408 828 276 or email

CATCHING UP… (from left) Ben Fredrickson (Dalrymple Station), Alex and Patricia Shoesmith and Wayne Reading (Crediton Station)

Shanara Patton from Crediton Station, nursing Fancy, Rodger Walker NQ Dry Tropics LDC (centre) and Mick Sheehy from Crediton Station.

Chatting over cake and coffee are (clockwise from front left) Ian Wright (Dalrymple Station), Shanara Patton, Clint and Mia Stonehouse and Mick Sheehy (Crediton Station), and Maz Wright (Dalrymple Station).



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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