Register now for leadership program

A LEADERSHIP program has been developed specifically for graziers in the Bowen Broken Bogie catchment.  Register your interest by 13 March.

In its inaugural year, 14 emerging grazing leaders graduated from the leadership program designed by the NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project.

The program promotes leadership development in a rural context, developing leaders who understand what it takes to lead in a regional environment.

It supports young people wanting to grow their skills as well as established leaders wanting new ways to engage.

The Leadership Program expects to enhance the leadership capacity of people in the BBB catchment by:

  • Enabling individuals to make a difference and enhance their contribution to community – participants will be coached to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding on emotional intelligence, teamwork and community governance
  • Promoting community conversations about issues affecting the BBB grazing community by equipping individuals with the necessary expertise in critical areas so they can be effective and confident leaders
  • Developing and strengthening regional community leadership networks as participants learn to engage with colleagues and peers, develop a deeper understanding of diversity and the value of diverse opinions, a capacity to investigate and adopt new methods and practices, an ability to transfer relevant information and to deal with challenging situations.
  • The Leadership program will become a flagship program in the NQ Dry Tropics Landholders Driving Change project.

The program consists of four two-day workshops delivered by some of Australia’s leading trainers and facilitators.


  Building high performance individuals – Jill Rigney, The Right Mind
  Building high functioning teams – Jo Eady, Rural Scope
  Problem solving and decision making – James Aldon, PD Training
  Community Governance and project delivery – Julia Telford, Engage and Create Consulting
Participants pay for travel, accommodation and meals, however program costs are funded through the NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project.


Expectations of program participants:

  • Adopt a confidential approach to their participation in the workshops.
  • Read all pre-workshop materials sent out by facilitators.
  • Challenge assumptions and canvas options but do not advise or consult.
  • Respect opinions of others.
  • Raise questions or offer view point where appropriate.
  • Register their interest for meetings understanding that if they are accepted, they are expected to attend.

At the end of the program participants can expect to have:

  • Significantly enhanced skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with colleagues and peers.
  • Deeper understanding of diversity and the value of diverse opinions.
  • Capacity to investigate and adopt new methods and practices for your business and community.
  • Ability to transfer relevant information to a range of people.
  • Ability to deal with challenging situations.
  • Greater confidence to take on a leadership role in your community/ industry.

Please complete the form (below) to register your interest in the leadership program.

Click here for a print-friendly version.

Expressions of interest close 5pm 13 March, 2019.

For more information contact Tanya Magor  4799 3509 or email


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

KEQ #7
KEQ #6

KEQ #5

KEQ #4

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.

KEQ #3

*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.

KEQ #1

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.

KEQ #2

*GLMWW = Grazing Land Management Wire and Water

Published by four titlesCirculation - 8,780

Published by four titlesCirculation - 8,780

Published by four titlesCirculation - 8, 780


Published by two titlesCirculation - 4,006

Published by four titlesCirculation - 8,780





Published by one titleCirculation - 7,207




Published by two titlesCirculation - 9,965




Published in The Northern MinerCirculation - 2,041