BUILDING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Get involved and enjoy the benefits

Getting involved in the LDC project opens doors to access technical experts and a wide range of knowledge and skills building workshops and training sessions.

The grazing support program aims to support local graziers to help develop their skills and knowledge, and to implement practice change for water quality improvement while continuing to improve business productivity and profitability.

The program will roll out over the next three years to support a culture of stewardship enabling landholders to be effective custodians of the land.

The broad mix of actions and activities available include but are not limited to:

  • Forage budgeting
  • Pasture management and productivity
  • Herd management
  • Livestock nutrition
  • Soil testing and soil health
  • Farm track maintenance
  • Property mapping
  • Machinery hygiene
  • Weed and feral animal management
  • Landholder sub catchment and cluster group meetings and workshops

Building knowledge and skills activities can be provided one-on-one, in small groups on a property setting, or at a local community building.

If you are interested in any of the above, or would like to learn more about a topic that isn’t listed here, please contact one of the LDC team members.

GBRF funding to build on LDC achievements

NQ Dry Tropics has secured a $5 million funding boost to build on and continue the efforts of the LDC project. 

The funding comes through the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s partnership with the Australian Government’s Reef Trust.

The financial injection is supporting a sediment reduction program to improve water quality in the BBB catchment by delivering:

  • Accelerated grazing support (extension) to encourage adoption of improved land management practices; and 
  • Large and small-scale gully remediation.

The three year project runs from December 2020 to November 2023.

Contact one of the LDC Grazing Field Officers:

NEIL CUPPLES

Grazing Team Leader

neil.cupples@nqdrytropics.com.au

0418 390 406

RODGER WALKER

Land Management Support Coordinator

rodger.walker@nqdrytropics.com.au

0408 828 276

ADRIENNE HALL

Senior Grazing Support Officer

adrienne.hall@nqdrytropics.com.au

0428 158 859

SHERIDAN CALLCOTT

Grazing Support Officer

sheridan.callcott@nqdrytropics.com.au

0439 421 994

 

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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