Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding supports ongoing BBB work

NQ Dry Tropics has secured $5 million to continue to roll out water quality projects in the Bowen, Broken and Bogie (BBB) catchments.  

The funding has been made available through the Water Quality Improvement program funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF).

It will build on and support the existing $15 million Queensland Government investment as part of the Burdekin Major Integrated Project (MIP) known locally as the Landholders Driving Change project.

A suite of on-ground projects will focus on improving water quality in the BBB through catchment restoration and improved land management practices during the next three years. 

In addition, the projects aim to achieve improved land management practices and stewardship, both as a means of achieving the target reductions in pollutant loads, as well as to provide a basis for sustaining these outcomes. 

Prioritisation of the funding by the GBRF across the reef catchments has been informed by a detailed technical assessment to identify how funds can be invested in the most cost-effective way, and consistent with the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan.

NQ Dry Tropics will manage the project, and Alluvium and Verterra through their Verterra-Alluvium Landscape Rehabilitation Joint Venture agreement, will provide gully and erosion technical design and services.

The result… after successful remediation of a large-scale gully at Glen Bowen in the BBB