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Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program - 2013 to 2018

The state has allocated $80 million to the Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program over five years from 2013 to 2018, which includes $30 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

The majority of the funding is being provided to support strategic projects delivered through Queensland's regional natural resource management bodies (regional NRM bodies. Largely community-based, these organisations provide an important link between governments and communities. They also work collaboratively with volunteer and grass-roots organisations (e.g. Landcare), rural industry groups and landholders.

Funded projects implement on-ground activities that protect, improve and restore waterways and rangelands by addressing weeds and pests, and improving soil, vegetation and water quality at a river catchment or other landscape level. Approximately 20% of the funding is devolved to Landcare and like organisations.

Current approved regional NRM body projects

In 2013, $31 million was allocated to 35 projects to be funded through regional NRM bodies to 2016. These projects include the NRM program commitments for the delivery of land and water management actions in key Great Barrier Reef catchments delivered through regional NRM bodies.

All currently approved projects (to be rolled out over the next three years) can be previewed below.

Regional NRM body Project Funding (2013-2016)

Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management Ltd

Pest and weed management: managing invasive species in the Burnett Mary Region (PDF, 475.6KB) 

$840,000

Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management Ltd

Sustainable grazing management and on-ground works: conserving soils in the Burnett Mary Region (PDF, 451.9KB) 

$890,000

Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management Ltd

Healthy waterways, rivers and wetlands: improving water quality in the Burnett Mary (PDF, 451.7KB) 

$330,000

Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd

Reducing the impact of pests and weeds: Strategic landscape scale control while building land management knowledge and skills (PDF, 465.2KB) 

$755,000

Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd

Sustainable grazing management and on-ground works: maintaining Cape York's agricultural resource base for sustainable management and use - reducing pests and weeds and improving water quality (PDF, 457.3KB) 

$770,000

Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd

Integrated vertebrate pest management program – maintaining Cape York's resource base for sustainable management and use (PDF, 486.2KB) 

$990,000

Condamine Alliance

Productive and resilient agricultural landscapes in the Condamine Region (PDF, 451.7KB) 

$990,000

Condamine Alliance

Clean water for the Condamine (PDF, 398.8KB) 

$990,000

Condamine Alliance

Beating back the boxthorn – sustainable scrub country (PDF, 483.6KB) 

$370,000

Desert Channels Queensland Inc.

Healthy waterways, rivers and wetlands – protecting the water quality of the Thomson River Catchment (PDF, 523.8KB) 

$1,050,000

Desert Channels Queensland Inc.

Pest and weed management – Northern Lake Eyre Basin Prickly Acacia Control Program – Stage 1 (PDF, 478.4KB) 

$1,065,000

Fitzroy Basin Association

Sustainable agriculture through innovative practices in the Fitzroy (PDF, 427.6KB) 

$565,000

Fitzroy Basin Association

Fitzroy pest and weed management project (PDF, 461.6KB) 

$667,500

Fitzroy Basin Association

Fitzroy water quality project (PDF, 395.6KB) 

$742,500

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd

Tropical Savannah grazing: future viability depends on better land, herd and business management today (PDF, 455.5KB) 

$1,607,222

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd

Farming futures in Far North Queensland: delivering a healthy, productive and resilient agricultural landscape (PDF, 470.1KB) 

$776,500

NQ Dry Tropics Ltd

Improving landscape resilience in the important sugar production area of the Lower Burdekin Delta (PDF, 399.5KB) 

$239,330

NQ Dry Tropics Ltd

Building resilience in the Burdekin grazing industry (PDF, 392.1KB) 

$577,160

NQ Dry Tropics Ltd

Burdekin Paddock to Reef Integrated modelling, monitoring and reporting program (PDF, 448.4KB) 

$687,454

NQ Dry Tropics Ltd

Coordinated regional pest and weed management in the Burdekin Dry Tropics (PDF, 402.7KB) 

$963,056

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Inc.

Reducing impacts on sustainable landscapes through weeds and pests activities (PDF, 454.5KB) 

$650,000

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Inc.

Sustainable landscapes in the Border Rivers and Maranoa-Balonne catchments – increasing productivity while reducing impacts on natural assets (PDF, 504.1KB) 

$1,050,000

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Inc.

Improved water quality in the Maranoa-Balonne and Border Rivers catchment (PDF, 520.9KB) 

$650,000

Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Ltd

Strategic pest management: controlling and managing weeds and pests in the Mackay Whitsunday Region:

$774,998

Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Ltd

Sustainable agriculture: fast tracking adoption of innovative management practices in land-use industries in the Mackay Whitsunday region (PDF, 456.9KB) 

$600,000

Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Ltd

Mackay Whitsunday Paddock to Reef Integrated modelling, monitoring and reporting program  (PDF, 470.1KB) 

$750,000

SEQ Catchments Ltd

Improved coastal resilience through strategic cats claw creeper control and riparian management (PDF, 493.7KB) 

$600,000

SEQ Catchments Ltd

Improved resilience in the Lockyer catchment through sustainable agriculture initiatives and weed management (PDF, 444.5KB) 

$850,000

SEQ Catchments Ltd

Improved resilience in the Logan catchment through Integrated Catchment Management, sustainable agriculture initiatives and weed management  (PDF, 259.7KB) 

$900,000

South West Natural Resource Management Ltd

Enhancing primary production through control of total grazing pressure and improved land management (PDF, 471.5KB) 

$3,825,000

Southern Gulf Catchments Ltd

Resilient landscape and riparian zones: strategic rubber vine and bellyache bush management in the Northern and Southern Gulf (PDF, 500.0KB) 

$1,029,455

Southern Gulf Catchments Ltd

Reclaiming landscapes: prickly acacia and other woody weed management in North West Queensland (PDF, 496.6KB) 

$1,316,822

Terrain NRM Ltd

Sustainable agriculture: whole farm management – partnerships for resilient and profitable farming in Far North Queensland (PDF, 454.0KB) 

$495,000

Terrain NRM Ltd

Water quality: working on waterways – enabling Wet Tropics Traditional Owner stewardship (PDF, 457.9KB) 

$540,000

Terrain NRM Ltd

Pests and weeds: Far North Queensland weeds – local action on big issues (PDF, 459.8KB) 

$1,285,000

Torres Strait Regional Authority

Controlling emerging pest species in the Torres Strait through integrated pest management (PDF, 435.7KB) 

$451,000

State strategic projects

As well as supporting regional NRM body projects, the Queensland Regional Investment Program funds state strategic projects. Funding is distributed largely through State agencies, to assist program administration and provide necessary support over the five years 2013 - 2018.

To date, eight projects have been funded to improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef. These projects comprise:

  • spatial and scientific information management
  • catchment loads monitoring and catchment modelling
  • ground cover and riparian monitoring and reporting
  • wetland extent mapping
  • Queensland Wetlands Program critical support
  • grazing and horticulture best management practice
  • training, extension and resources on wetlands in agriculture.

Other state strategic projects include:

  • funding to Queensland Water and Landcarers to assist with administrative costs and undertaking their advocacy role
  • funding to Rockhampton City Council for ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia flood recovery activities
  • funding to Agforward to undertake Coal Seam Gas and Agricultural land  workshops and field days.

Additional funding through South East Queensland Catchments has been allocated for riparian restoration to mitigate erosion risk in several creek catchments in the greater Brisbane area.

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Last updated: 3 June 2016

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