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Our reponse
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landscapes, livelihoods, communities

Sustainable management of land, water, plants and animals.

Landholders Driving Change

Landholders Driving Change is a Burdekin Major Integrated Project funded by the Queensland Government through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program.

Protecting Biodiversity

The Protecting Biodiversity Program supports the community to protect, maintain and restore biodiversity in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region. We provide planning direction, advice, information, and practical support to mobilise community efforts in achieving this.

Strategy and Partnerships

The Strategy and Partnerships team works to establish and maintain community and industry alliances to support regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) delivery.

Sustainable Agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Program aims to support and empower producers in the use of best management practices for natural resource management within the agricultural industries of the Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Region.

Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts

The Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts Program works with a range of partners to ensure waterways, wetlands and coastal areas in our region are resilient, healthy, sustainably managed, and enjoyed and respected by communities.

Get in touch…

 07 4799 3500

12 Wills Street,
Townsville City, Q4810
35 Don Street,
Bowen, Q4805


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2 months ago

The NQ Dry Tropics Board is responsible for setting our strategic direction and ensuring financial viability. Following the departure of two long-serving board members, Phil Rist and Jamie Gordon, a ... See more

2 months ago
Photos from NQ Dry Tropics NRM's post

Community action is key to reef protection, and two recent workshops in Townsville and Home Hill gave conservationists, Traditional Owners, and fishing groups an opportunity to put their heads ... See more

2 months ago
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The good folk at Mt Pleasant Station, near Collinsville, hosted a field trip for NQ Dry Tropics staff last week at Mt Pleasant Learning Hub. The event provided an opportunity to check out the ... See more

2 months ago
Photos from NQ Dry Tropics NRM's post

A great beach cleaning effort - 10 Whitsunday Catchment Landcare volunteers collected 460kg of marine debris and undertook 6518 square metres of weeding at Cape Upstart recently.

The volunteers ... See more

3 months ago

A series of cultural burning workshops around Greenvale next year is being planned to help landholders better understand the way fire can be used as a land management tool.
To begin the process of ... See more

3 months ago
Photos from NQ Dry Tropics NRM's post

Who doesn’t love a birthday celebration?

Today marks the 27th 'birthday' of the Bowling Green Bay Wetlands, it was listed as a Ramsar wetland of international importance on 22 October 1993.
... See more

3 months ago

Herpetologists hurrah today because it’s National Reptile Awareness Day in Australia.
Reptiles are air-breathing vertebrates covered in special skin made up of scales, bony plates, or a combination ... See more

3 months ago
Photos from NQ Dry Tropics NRM's post

WHOA Boys and erosion control banks will be installed on North Queensland properties following a series of workshops presented by Soil Save principal Darryl Hill recently.
They were hosted by NQ Dry ... See more

3 months ago
Photos from NQ Dry Tropics NRM's post

It’s National Bird Week and each year the Aussie Backyard Bird Count gives Aussies the opportunity to do their bit for citizen science by recording the resident avian population close to home.

NQ ... See more

3 months ago

Good mental health is important for everyone.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) works to bridge the gap in access to mental health services and provide education about mental ... See more

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

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.

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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.