Dig out those historic photos of the BBB


We’re on the hunt for photos that convey some aspect of a forgotten history, or a story not widely known.

A photo doesn’t even have to be that old to unearth a story. So, what’s a hidden history? What sorts of images are we looking for?

Broadly speaking, almost any image can convey some aspect of a forgotten history, a story not widely known.

A holiday photo of family visiting the property captures a particular moment in that family’s life. 

A photo of a couple in front of their first home is part of the story of that house and of the people who lived in it.  

An image of an old Massey-Ferguson tractor tucked away in the back of the shed, tells us something about how people worked their land, and the changes they have made since.

The idea to unearth forgotten, or little known stories comes from graziers in the Bowen and Collinsville areas, following last year’s successful LDC photography competition which showcased the BBB. 

Graziers thought it would be interesting to also showcase the BBB of yesteryear. 

So LDC has teamed up with Collinsville Connect Telecentre to hunt down photos of yesteryear that have been snapped on properties around Collinsville and Bowen.

You can submit your old photos via the LDC website. As you submit each photo, you will be asked to type in a short paragraph explaining what the photograph is about: when, where and of whom it was taken, for instance.

Your submission will help grow the Collinsville Connect Telecentre’s photographic archive. The archive is home to more than 12,000 images, if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth taking a look.

There are two online collections: Collinsville Memoirs Online and Our Stories Unearthed.

The Our Stories Unearthed will soon supercede Collinsville Memoirs Online. This collection is being moved to Our Stories Unearthed. 

Collinsville Connect Telecentre has agreed to host the BBB historical display on its website.

The friendly team is also willing to help you upload your photos. Take your photos into the Telecentre and the team will scan and submit the photos on your behalf here.

So, fossick in drawers, albums, hard drives and shoeboxes for old photographs of your relatives, modes of transport or technology, domestic scenes, places of work, or play, and jump onto our website and submit them online here.

You’ve got two months, to the middle of August, with submissions closing at 5pm on 14 August. 

The images on this page are from the extensive collection at the Collinsville Connect Telecentre.

Images of yesteryear will be sorted into three albums


Themes for three albums

For categorisation and aesthetic purposes, the collection will be displayed in three albums.

The albums will adopt the same categories as those promoted in the LDC photography competition.

Photos will be categorised into the following three categories:


How we lived

Photos that depict people or a person in some form. They could capture everyday moments, inside or outside.


How we worked

Photos that show people performing their job. 


Our special landmarks

Photos that embody the spirit of the outdoors. They could depict landscape, our climate, wildlife or domestic animals.  People can be in the photo as being part of or in their environment.

You can submit your old photos via the LDC website. As you submit each photo, you will be asked to type in a short paragraph explaining what the photograph is about: when, where and of whom it was taken, for instance).


The term ‘historical’ means different things to different people, so in the spirit of trying to unearth forgotten photos, LDC will accept photos taken in the BBB that are at least 10 years old.

Colour and monochrome photographs will be accepted.

Photos must be submitted online. NQ Dry Tropics will not accept any hardcopy photos.

Photos need to be scanned and submitted as a JPEG file and be a maximum 2Mb filesize.

The number of photos per category is limited to five.

To submit a photo, you will be asked to provide a full Name (Christian and Surname), address, contact phone number, and the photo category for which it is intended. 

Before submitting a photo, the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the right of publicity and other rights of persons depicted in the work, including but not limited to obtaining their permission, to avoid problems related to infringement of their rights. 

Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights. However, by submitting an image for display in the historical collection, you automatically give NQ Dry Tropics permission and rights to store, display, and use the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the photographer, indefinitely in any non-commercial media without notification or compensation.

All submissions must be received by the advertised closing time and date.


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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