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Making Water Work program: Achieving reef water quality requirements in new agricultural developments

Making Water Work program: Achieving reef water quality requirements in new agricultural developments
  • Reference # A.7.2122010
  • Timeframe 1 year 2 months
  • Project Status Current
  • Location Gogango, South Yaamba, Rockhampton
  • Total project value $271,725.00
  • Project manager Anthony Curro
  • Research Programs 7. Informing policy development
  • Water: Making Water Work program
  • Agriculture
  • Beef
  • Broadacre cropping
  • Horticulture
  • Strategic policy development
  • Water

Summary

The project will assist the expansion of agriculture in the Lower Fitzroy (Central Queensland) by bridging the support gap to meet Reef Water Quality requirements.

Businesses undergoing material change use will have access to advice and land management toolkits to navigate the regulatory constraints, monitoring and record keeping practices necessary for production and operation.

This mechanism for continuous improvement will assist industry and tailored to specific regional needs.

Expected outcomes

This project will deliver specific outputs which will help Central Queensland producers better identify and understand reef water quality regulations and support practice change from within the Lower Fitzroy agricultural precinct.

Specifically the work will deliver :

  • Precinct wide sediment and nutrient plan accounting for new and expanding agriculture
  • Tools and training for land managers to improve WQ outcomes in the Lower Fitzroy.
  • Assessment of tools for their application more broadly across the GBR catchments.
  • Case studies demonstrating implementation process
  • Establishment of systems governance framework
  • Individual farm plans that meet the LMCP and Reef Regulations