It was a virtual event, but successful nonetheless.

Inaugural women’s event a wholly virtual success

Rising to the challenge of Covid-19, LDC’s first women’s networking event turned into a virtual event. Seventeen women joined the online conference that featured three key speakers.

The forum – hopefully, the first of many – was a unique opportunity for women to directly connect to discuss the diverse and complex experiences and challenges that women face in the regions. 

It also provided a platform to acknowledge women whose hard work, on and off the farm, significantly contributes to the development and success of their communities. 

The event was aimed at developing an ongoing platform for rural women in the Bowen and Collinsville areas that addresses relevant topics of interests and issues, education and training.

There were three informative guest speakers:

Tracey Martin

Tracey Martin

Tracey Martin

President of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN)

Topics covered:

  • A history of the QRRRWN.
  • The ways QRRRWN connect people in rural, regional and remote areas.
  • New initiatives, including online meetings for the North region.
  • Membership and member directory so you can find one another.
  • Facebook page.
  • Education program with regular free webinars for members.

Elissa Davis

Elissa Davis

Bowen-based Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Biosecurity Officer

Topics covered:

  • Overview of a biosecurity officer’s role and responsibilities.
  • The ways a biosecurity officers can assist producers.
  • Helping landholders with disease preparedness, for example, Swine Fever.
  • Landholder requirements under the Biosecurity Act.
  • NLIS Compliance. 
  • Animal welfare issues.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

PVW Partners Senior Manager

Topics covered:

Small business tax concessions including:

  • Immediate write off of assets.
  • General pooling of assets.
  • Change to company tax rates.
  • Specific agri immediate write off of assets – water, fodder storage, and fencing.
  • Farm management deposits.
  • Forced sales.
  • Covid19 assistance measures including:
    • Jobkeeper.
    • Cashboost.
    • ATO deferral opportunities.


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.
KEQ #8

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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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