New panel members | Landholders Driving Change

Dan Kenny

Meet our new panel members

The LDC has two new panel members – grazier Dan Kenny, of Dartmoor Station, and Samantha Stone-Jovicich, a CSIRO scientist.  We welcome them to the team.

Strong and ongoing local participation is the cornerstone of the Landholders Driving Change project (LDC).

Local graziers have been there from the very start, and sit on the project panel to advise and oversee the action plan.

Their role is to make sure we focus on land remediation and management activities that are relevant to graziers.

That is why we put the call out in November last year for more graziers to sit on the panel.

We’re glad Dan Kenny threw his hat in the ring. Dan is a fourth generation grazier and has managed Dartmoor Station for the past 13 years.

Scientist representatives also sit on the panel.

Samantha Stone-Jovichic, who has worked with CSIRO in Townsville for the past 12 months, has a background in environmental sociology and social-cultural anthropology.

She replaces Jane Waterhouse. Jane contributes to the LDC as a principal scientist, so offered to vacate a panel position for somebody with social science expertise to join the panel.  We’re pleased Samantha has joined.

Project Director and CEO NQ Dry Tropics Dr Scott Crawford is flanked by new panel members Samantha Stone-Jovicich and Dan Kenny

Samantha Stone-Jovicich

Makeup of the project panel

THE project panel is made up of representatives that include landholders, NQ Dry Tropics, scientists and technical experts, local government and the Queensland Government.

Landholder representation is important for strategic and management oversight of the project, particularly the BBB Grazier Support activity area – to maintain community ownership and a focus on locally relevant and practical program delivery, but also to provide critical input to all other activity areas.

According to the project panel’s Terms of Reference, landholders must make up at least 50 per cent of the project panel.

Up to four project panel meetings are scheduled each year.

Project panel members not employed by the Queensland Government, NQ Dry Tropics or who are contracted to the LDC project or related projects, are recompensed for time and travel.

Role of the project panel

WHILE formal accountability for delivery of the LDC project rests with NQ Dry Tropics, the project panel provides a steering function, within an agreed Terms of Reference that defines the membership, scope, role and operating rules of the panel.

The role of the panel includes:

  • reviewing key LDC project strategy documents and oversight of their implementation;
  • reviewing annual work plans and progress reports;
  • guiding and advising on communications activities; and
  • Identifying and facilitating links, projects, research, policies and programs relevant to successful delivery of the project.

The LDC project is also benefits from collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), CSIRO, JCU, TropWATER and Glencore.

These organisations offer expertise to help achieve our project objectives.

Grazier Bristow Hughes (left) and LDC Project Director Dr Scott Crawford (right) press a point with LDC Steering Panel science adviser Christian Roth during an inspection tour of Mt Wickham

Project Support Team

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Dr Scott Crawford

scott.crawford@nqdrytropics.com.au

PROJECT MANAGER

Andrew Yates

andrew.yates@nqdrytropics.com.au

LAND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Rodger Walker

rodger.walker@nqdrytropics.com.au

SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER

Lisa Hutchinson

lisa.hutchinson@nqdrytropics.com.au

SENIOR FIELD OFFICER

Brendan Smith

brendan.smith@nqdrytropics.com.au

SENIOR FIELD OFFICER

Adrienne Hall

adrienne.hall@nqdrytropics.com.au

LANDSCAPE REMEDIATION OFFICER

Matt Miles

matthew.miles@nqdrytropics.com.au

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONSULTANT

Rod Kerr

rod.kerr@nqdrytropics.com.au

MERI OFFICER

Barbara Colls

barbara.colls@nqdrytropics.com.au

PROJECT SUPPORT OFFICER

Tanya Magor

tanya.magor@nqdrytropics.com.au

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Nadine O’Neill

nadine.oneill@nqdrytropics.com.au

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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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