Incentives grants | Landholders Driving Change

Incentives program to knock down barriers

Want to trial something on your property?  Up to $40,000 per enterprise is available to help make your business more resilient while improving the quality of water leaving your property.

Are you a land manager who lives in the BBB catchment? Have you wanted to trial something on your property for a while but never had the money?

The New Incentives Grant may just be the grant to help build resilience into your business while improving water quality outcomes, production and the knowledge and skills of people working in the enterprise.

This grant is being delivered through the LDC Exploring New Incentives Activity Area.

When you apply, please state reasons why your project should be funded, including long-term benefits.

Interested land managers can indicate their interest in a grant through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

The New Incentives Grant will not fund works that are currently being funded through existing grants programs.

Next Steps:

  • Decide what your project is, for example composting, water telemetry, equipment appropriate for land restoration.
  • Identify how it aligns with the selection criteria.
  • Complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form below.  Contact the LDC team for assistance if required.
  • Submit your EOI to the LDC team who will contact you to arrange a time to develop the project to contract stage.
  • Project will be submitted to the assessment panel for approval.
  • Sign contract, and submit.

For more information contact Lisa Hutchinson lisa@nqdrytropics.com.au   or M:  0427 594 192.


Policy aims to remove barriers

The Exploring New Incentives program area – scoping and trialling incentives and institutional arrangements – works in conjunction with the Policy engagement program to overcome barriers to the adoption of improved management practices and landscape remediation options in the BBB.

It looks at ways to address barriers and constraints, financial and other, to the adoption of improved grazing land management practices that improve water quality.

A number of extension, financial incentive and related programs have been implemented to support water quality improvement in the GBR catchments and the BBB catchment specifically.

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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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