The winners and runners-up photos of the LDC photography competition on display on the night.

Everybody had to pop a token in a boot to vote their favourite photo which was awarded People’s Choice for the LDC photography competition. It was a tight race between many of the photos. Congratulations to all entrants.

NQ Dry Tropics’ LDC team member Eilis Walker, Derek Young, Shannonvale Station, and Alex Otto.

James Allen, of Neilly Group Engineering and Bec Lathwell, of Havilah, check out the photography competition photos.

Guest speaker, footy legend and Queensland Safety Ambassador Shane Webcke.

The Ford family, of Havilah Station, Jocelyn, Chris, Kiara, Adam and Jason.

Beef, Buckles and Boots social was very popular

Graziers, project delivery partners, science collaborators and industry representatives joined the LDC team at the Collinsville Community Centre for a social get together in September.  It was our way to thank everybody for supporting the LDC project.

Almost 80 people attended the event and proved to be a captive audience when guest speaker Shane Webcke, rugby league legend and Queensland Safety Ambassador, told his story, including his childhood years growing up on a property. 

The winners of the photography competition were announced.  Finalists and runner-ups will feature in a 2020 LDC Calendar.  The competition drew almost 100 entries, and proved so popular, that it will be held again next year. 

After dinner, people kicked up their heels to music, and both adults and children enjoyed the jumping castle and bucking mechanical bull.

Thank you for supporting this event and making it a great success.

Guest speaker Shane Webcke was kept busy signing football memorabilia on the night.

James Gordon, Mt Pleasant Station, and Glenn Dale, of Verterra.

Scott Stanieg and Jocelyn Omand, Turrawulla Station.

LDC Project Manager Lisa Hutchinson was MC for the evening.

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

Delicious and beautiful sweets table. The event was catered by the Pit Pony Tavern, Collinsville.

Beef, Buckles and Boots was held under a marquee at the Collinsville Community Centre.

Pat Bitmead, Glenalpine Station, and Tess Camm, Signature Beef.

NQ Dry Tropics’ LDC team members Sheyanne Frisby and Sheridan Callcott.

Shane Watts, Sonoma Station, chats with Dan and Kath Kenny, Dartmoor Station.

Shane Webcke and Jack O’Loughlin, of Exevale.

Bill Jardine and Joan Gordon, Mt Pleasant Station.

Shane Webcke with Derek Young, Shannonvale.

LDC project panel member grazier Bristow Hughes, of Strathalbyn, showing form on the mechanical bull.

Jocelyn Omand, pictured centre, won the People’s Choice award with this cracking shot. It was also runner up in the ‘our people’ section for the professional photographer category. She is pictured with LDC MERI officer Barb Colls and LDC project panel member and grazier Dan Kenny, of Dartmoor, who officiated the award ceremony.

LDC project support officer Tanya Magor, LDC project panel member Buster O’Loughlin, of Exevale, LDC senior grazing support officer Adrienne Hall, and Create and Evaluate principal director Renee Madsen.

The Cormack family, of Glenbowen, with Shane Webcke. From left, Melissa, Mia, Darcy and Christian.

LDC project panel member grazier Dan Kenny, Dartmoor, officiated the photography award ceremony with LDC MERI officer Barb Colls, pictured middle. From left, Dan Kenny, Mia Cormack, Darcy Cormack, Melissa Cormack, Jorden Ford, Barb Colls, Jocelyn Omand, Christine Dalton, Natalie Comerford.


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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