Assistance program

If your property was affected by the 2018 Central Queensland bushfires, you may be eligible for assistance under the Rural Residential Recovery Program. 

This program is being delivered by Australian Red Cross, and is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments. 

For further details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, refer to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website, click here.

Landcare group to help Eungella recover from rainforest fire

LDC has enlisted the expertise of Pioneer Catchment & Landcare to work with the Eungella Rainforest Recovery Cluster group. The group is keen to put in place management plans to ensure their properties recover from last year’s bushfires and are protected from future threats.

About 110,000 hectares of national park and surrounds were destroyed by bushfire at Eungella in December last year.

Parts of the rainforest were literally reduced to cinders. Experts believe the subtropical rainforest will recover, but it could take decades. 

Pioneer Catchment and Landcare’s project officers, Peter Alden and Kade Slater have been busy conducting property visits for the Eungella Rainforest Recovery Cluster group. 

Landholders impacted by the bushfires are keen to address several issues:

  • how to correctly identify the difference between native regrowth and unwanted weeds within burnt forest;
  • how to implement best management practices to tackle weeds;
  • what are the do’s and don’ts of clearing burnt vegetation; and 
  • how to tackle erosion issues in areas impacted by fire.

A Eungella Rainforest Recovery Cluster Group landholder field day is being held on Thursday, 5 December to discuss these issues. Guest speakers will be available to answer landholder questions.

The Field Day will be conducted in three parts – an afternooon session starting at the Sky Window (2:30pm), an evening session at the Broken River Mountain Resort conference room (5.30pm) followed by dinner starting at 6.45pm.

If you have not been contacted yet regarding participation in the Eungella Rainforest Recovery Cluster Group and would like to get involved, please contact Kade Slater at Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group


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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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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