Register for the leadership program

REGISTRATION is now open for the Landholders Driving Change Leadership program.  It has been developed specifically for graziers in the Bowen and Collinsville region.

Spearheaded by LDC project manager Lisa Hutchinson, the aim of the program is to provide members of the Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) catchment grazing community a structured and supportive pathway for personal and professional development.

This 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 with their community.

The program consists of four two-day workshops delivered by some of Australia’s leading trainers and facilitators. Thirteen graziers completed the program in 2019.

If you are interested in taking part in the program contact Lisa Hutchinson on 0427 594 192.

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.
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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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