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The ‘show’ must go on

AS the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention”. To help ensure safety in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, NQ Dry Tropics has cancelled workshops, field days, and all other face to face events until at least 1 June.

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Shutterbugs, train your lenses

NQ Dry Tropics is on the hunt for photos featuring beautiful landscapes and hard working, salt-of-the-earth people in the Bowen and Collinsville region. This is the second year the organisation is running a photography competition through its Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project.

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Power of peer-to-peer learning

AN enthusiastic “mob” of North Queensland graziers is gaining an appreciation of the power of peer-to-peer support as they adopt new grazing and pasture management practices on their properties.

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Growers raise a glass to celebrate 2019 achievements

MORE than 70 cane growers, extension staff, contractors and suppliers were hosted by NQ Dry Tropics at an End Of Year celebration in the Burdekin Theatre this week. Sustainable Agriculture Manager at NQ Dry Tropics Rob Hunt said there was plenty to celebrate.

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Profitability dominates breeder management strategies

CASH flow, not calving rates should be the measure North Queensland graziers use to manage their breeding herds according to cattle veterinarian Dr Ian Braithwaite. Without cash flow, herd performance declined and land condition suffered.

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Burdekin property planning takes a front seat

IT was Benjamin Franklin who said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Eight Burdekin extension officers on a learning journey to support graziers develop land-based property management plans focused on water quality and ecology are definitely planning to succeed.

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Basalt wall erosion threatens highway

THE Commonwealth and Queensland governments’ Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) will help to prevent expensive repairs by averting a disastrous landscape change that could threaten a section of the Lynd Highway.

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Changes clear at LDC midway point

THE NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project has reached the halfway point.It is piloting land management and repair approaches at a catchment scale, evaluating their effectiveness in improving water quality and long-term sustainable land management.

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Changing the landscape with soil health

GRAZIERS in the Bowen, Collinsville Ayr and Eungella regions have delved deeper into soil health with two of the best in the ‘soil health’ business – internationally renowned soil ecologist and founder of Amazing Carbon Dr Christine Jones, and agricultural ecologist David Hardwick, of Soil Land Food.

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Central Queensland funding boost

Extension providers, landcare groups and primary producers in the Central Highlands area will have the chance to increase their skills while learning from each other and industry experts, thanks to a series of upcoming projects worth around $50,000.

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Cochineals to the rescue

An insect used to make dyes and food colouring has been employed to destroy an infestation of drooping prickly pear in a patch of threatened Beach Scrub near Bowen.

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Digging in for good health

SOIL health and tips on managing land to achieve good healthy soil will be the subject of a series of up to five workshops conducted in North Queensland by soils specialist David Hardwick.

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Graziers make a change for the better

MOST people find change uncomfortable. Grazing Naturally advocate Dick Richardson revels in it. He believes change is the keenest tool he has as a land manager, particularly in a grazing setting.

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Graziers get Reefwise to protect land and business

BURDEKIN graziers will be supported to boost productivity and improve water quality flowing to the Great Barrier Reef, as part of the recently-launched Reefwise Grazing of Burdekin Rangelands project. The two-year project will work with 12 properties to improve landscape function and business performance in a challenging climate, and is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

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Agricultural professionals learn to flourish as influential leaders

RENOWNED Australian behavioural scientist Allan Parker, OAM, is guiding agricultural professionals through an accelerated program to learn how to excel as influential leaders. With an emphasis on frameworks and techniques to help broaden perspectives in family and business negotiations, 44 participants completed two days of theory and practical scenarios around conversation, conflict resolution, questioning and body language.

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Managing breeders for profit

A take-home message for graziers who attended a herd management and pregnancy testing workshop at Glenden Station, near Glenden: if you want to develop a good maternal herd, cull hard and cull consistently. Earlier this month, nine graziers from near Glenden and Collinsville took part in a NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change two-day workshop, led by Dr Ian Braithwaite, a cattle veterinarian with more than 30 years experience.

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Burdekin cane growers meet AIMS scientists

LOWER Burdekin cane growers have met face to face with scientists who are monitoring water quality in the Great Barrier Reef as part of the Marine Monitoring Program. The NQ Dry Tropics event, supported by the Australian and Queensland governments, gave scientists an opportunity to learn about the issues growers faced as they embraced practice change – and the growers had no shortage of questions on the science.  

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Conserving Brigalow corridors in the Burdekin

Conserving Brigalow corridors in the Burdekin Land managers in the Northern Brigalow Belt region are working to conserve and protect brigalow threatened ecological community corridors to help conserve wildlife, specifically endangered species. The NQ Dry Tropics’...

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Collaborate to benefit landholders and the environment

NQ Dry Tropics is focused on its people and building cross-program collaboration to work towards a common goal – to partner with the organisation’s stakeholders to create connected and functioning landscapes. Recently, 16 staff across three program areas – Sustainable Agriculture, Strategy and Partnerships and Landholders Driving Change  – attended a masterclass with industry specialists Brian Wehlburg (Inside Outside Management), Dr Christine Jones (Amazing Carbon) and Dick Richardson (Grazing Naturally).

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Minimising grazing impact on stream frontage pastures

NQ Dry Tropics is working with landholders in the Upper Burdekin catchment to find ways to manage grazing pressure to maintain productive frontage pastures and minimise impacts on waterways and wetlands. The Linking Burdekin landholders to their frontage country for vegetation, and soil quality gains project, funded by the Natural Resources Investment Program, is taking a ‘ground-up’ approach that combines landholders’ knowledge with the latest scientific research to develop and trial solutions designed to remove social, financial and technical barriers to practice change.

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Water monitoring helps protect wetlands

PREVENTING runoff makes good business sense for cane farmers in North Queensland’s Lower Burdekin region, and with internationally significant wetlands and the Great Barrier Reef on their doorstep, it makes good environmental sense too. NQ Dry Tropics’ Connecting Burdekin Cane Farmers To Their Local Wetlands project supported a group of farmers located near Lilliesmere Lagoon, Ayr, and Horseshoe Lagoon, Giru, to monitor their runoff and improve their irrigation and nutrient efficiency.

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Use natural tools to develop a “fit for purpose” landscape

THE best tool to develop a fit for purpose grazing landscape was the animal for which the pasture was intended, according to renowned regenerative grazing expert Dick Richardson. Speaking at a workshop designed to coach graziers in pasture management and grazing planning, Mr Richardson said nature provided the tools to “inoculate” land with desirable pasture, and those tools were the same animals that were going to be grazed there.

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Workshop to address soil health in sugar cane crops

FRESH from conducting soil health workshops across the region with a range of primary producers from graziers to market gardeners, agroecologist David Hardwick will share his knowledge with Burdekin cane growers at the end of the month.

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Leadership program for local graziers

A LEADERSHIP program, developed specifically for graziers in the Bowen and Collinsville region, has kicked off. Thirteen local producers have signed up to the program that has been designed by NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change (LDC) project.

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Toolbox to assess soil health

NQ Dry Tropics has developed an online tool box to help landholders assess the condition of soil on different land types across their properties.

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Learning how to build healthy soil

Soil is an important asset for every farmer, and Central Queensland graziers now have a greater understanding of soil health and soil-building practices thanks to a six-month soils extension and training program that wrapped up last week.

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Taking stock – pasture management is key

The Landholders Driving Change (LDC) grazier support program for 2019 kicked off with 40 producers attending a Taking Stock – Managing Pastures and Productivity Day at Weetalaba Station, near Collinsville last month.

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Finding common ground on how to prevent erosion

PREVENTING and managing erosion isn’t just an issue for graziers, but one for all land managers including utilities, mines, local councils and government departments. Through its Landholders Driving Change project, NQ Dry Tropics is facilitating cross-sector collaboration…

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Whoa boys stand up to monsoon at 6 Mile Creek Station

A series of erosion control measures installed at a grazing property south west of Home Hill have held firm despite nearly record monsoonal rainfall during February. Last September, whoa boys – a type of diversion bank – were installed along 14 km of roads throughout...

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Make a difference to the environment on your next holiday

IF words like “voluntouring”, “purposeful travel”, “socially responsible travel” and “sustainable tourism” are commonly part of your holiday plans, this opportunity may be a dream come true. Natural Resource Management group NQ Dry Tropics and Conservation...

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Focus on Lower Burdekin wetlands for World Wetlands Day

Spotlight on outstanding Lower Burdekin wetlands.   World Wetlands Day on Saturday 2 February is a time to celebrate the importance of wetlands for our people and planet, as well as their natural beauty. Wetlands are home to a dazzling array of native wildlife,...

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Big year ahead for cane projects in the Lower Burdekin

It promises to be a busy 2019 for NQ Dry Tropics and its project partners in the Lower Burdekin, with several initiatives continuing to support cane growers to implement practices that improve water quality and their bottom line. NQ Dry Tropics’ Sugarcane Team Leader...

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2018 Reef Champion Awards

Success for Burdekin Dry Tropics producers at 2018 Reef Champion Awards Graziers and cane growers from the Burdekin Dry Tropics region were recognised for their contributions towards improving water quality through adopting...

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Graziers learn how to handle a herd with care

Increased weight gain, increased conception rates and improved carcass quality are just a few of the benefits of low stress cattle handling. A total of 21 graziers representing 12 properties attended a low stress stock handling clinic at the Bowen River showgrounds...

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Reef and Beef Tour 2018

Reef and Beef trip connects graziers with scientists and the reef North Queensland graziers working to improve land condition and reduce sediment erosion had a chance to strengthen their connection with the Great Barrier Reef this week as part of the Reef and Beef...

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Going back to the future to tackle Tilapia threat

Traditional knowledge is being harnessed to fight the growing tilapia threat in the Lower Burdekin. NQ Dry Tropics and Traditional Owners are partnering to trial an indigenous technique that uses native plant material to capture fish without impacting water quality. A...

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Community groups empowered to protect environment

A long-term project wraps up this month having supported 42 regional community groups to protect endangered wildlife, regenerate native bushland, and tackle marine debris. NQ Dry Tropics’ Engaging and Strengthening Communities project, funded through the Australian...

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National Volunteer Week

Community nursery volunteers celebrate National Volunteer Week Native plant nursery volunteers from Townsville and Ayr celebrated National Volunteer Week by visiting the Whitsunday Landcare Nursery in Proserpine to exchange nursery management knowledge, including...

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Round Three workshop well attended

Growers keen to hear about third round of Repeat Tenders project NQ Dry Tropics project officer Shakira Todd hosted the Reef Trust Repeated Tenders presentation in Ayr. MORE than 30 Burdekin growers and industry leaders attended an...

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NQ Dry Tropics streamlining Paddock to Reef efficiencies

NQ Dry Tropics has streamlined its project management and Paddock to Reef data, adopting Esri technology to complement its current web-based software applications to manage natural resource management projects. The Esri Collector App enables field staff and NQ Dry...

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World Fish Migration Day

Community supports fish stocks and habitat for World Fish Migration Day The Burdekin community celebrated World Fish Migration Day on Saturday by helping to replenish fish stocks and planting trees to create fish habitat. Around 100 people of all ages from Ayr, Home...

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Pasture and grazing management key to productivity

Nineteen graziers and land managers representing 10 enterprises met recently at Toomba Station, north of Charters Towers, for the first of a four-part series of NQ Dry Tropics Grazing Management courses. Participants learned how well-managed grazing can stimulate...

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Landholders see benefits of mapping technology

Landholders see benefits of mapping technology at workshop Bowen and Collinsville graziers have taken part in an online mapping application workshop to assist with property management and planning. The one-day FarmMap4D workshop provided landholders with the...

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Workshops on menace weeds

Residents from Townsville and its surrounds have shown a keen interest in weed identification and eradication, attending workshops held across the region. More than 30 residents attended workshops held in Majors Creek and on Magnetic Island, hosted by NQ Dry Tropics...

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Stop shifting soils and water runoff at the source

Initial gully remediation efforts on a grazing property is already paying dividends for a Collinsville landholder. Shane Watts, of Sonoma Station, had barely finished constructing four diversion banks on a 110 hectare catchment hotspot, when the heavens opened and...

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LDC project steps up engagement efforts

Landholders Driving Change project steps up engagement efforts The Landholders Driving Change project has stepped up its efforts to coordinate engagement between government agencies, utility companies and landholders on biosecurity awareness, policy and regulatory...

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Burdekin graziers to profit from workshop

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and NQ Dry Tropics grazing teams have met to discuss how best to provide extension and formal training to help improve grazing business resilience in the Burdekin region. The workshop aimed to streamline training and...

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Burdekin graziers profit from Grazing BMP

Burdekin graziers profit from Grazing Best Management Practices program Increasing international demand for high-quality beef means that the northern Australian beef industry can - and should have - a bright future. That’s the view of beef producer Simone Howard, of...

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Removing barriers the key to healthy fish stocks

Many of our native fish species need to migrate between freshwater and the ocean to breed. But stocks of local favourites such as barramundi and mangrove jack plummet if juveniles fail to make it past the many barriers they face on their journey, such as dams, weirs...

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Catalyst shares ideas on future for cane growers

The 2018 Project Catalyst Forum has attracted more than 150 sugar cane growers from partner regions of the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay Whitsunday, to network with researchers, program partners and industry groups, and share knowledge and new ideas. The two-day...

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Forum investigates best returns for graziers and Reef

Burdekin graziers are adopting management practices for a more sustainable and productive farming future – and the results are in to prove it. The estimated annual average total suspended sediment load leaving Burdekin catchments had reduced by 17.7 per cent since the...

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Fish numbers up as weed control improves Burdekin waterway

Latest monitoring results show that ongoing work to improve the health of Sheepstation Creek, near Ayr, is improving native fish populations. Since 2013 NQ Dry Tropics has worked with Burdekin Shire Council, Lower Burdekin Water and local landowners to remove weeds,...

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Graziers use spatial data to improve production outcomes

As the beef industry comes under increased external scrutiny from customers and regulators to demonstrate environmental compliance, graziers in North Queensland are responding, using spatial information to improve on-farm production outcomes and environmental...

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Reef Conservation Award

Burdekin farmers Gary and Angela Spotswood, of Mt Alma Fresh Organics, at Inkerman, has claimed the coveted Reef Conservation Award at the 2017 Reef Alliance Awards, held in Townsville on 22 November. The Reef Alliance awards recognise the work of farmers who are...

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Burdekin graziers setting up for success

Australian agriculture is a success story that often goes untold - every year more than 85,000 farming businesses actively care for close to 50 per cent of Australia’s land mass, through meat, food, fibre or crop production. Tuesday, November 21 is National...

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Burdekin weed control trial

Burdekin weed control trial could boost farming productivity. NQ Dry Tropics and Evolution Mining have partnered on an innovative pilot project in the Lower Burdekin that could use harvested aquatic weeds to improve local agricultural soils. Evolution Mining has...

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Community groups share $70,000

Community groups share $70,000 funding for environmental projects Community groups in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region will share almost $70,000 to deliver a range of local on-ground environmental projects under the 2017-2018 NQ Dry Tropics Community Landcare Grants...

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Working Dog School

Handling livestock with man’s best friend can pay dividends for graziers With the correct handling, livestock  will become cooperative which in turn leads to a safer working environment for the livestock and the people handling them. Cooperative animals lead to...

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Low Stress Stockhandling course

Low stress stockhandling holds key to northern beef profitability Sustainability is not a destination - it’s a continuous journey being carried out by each generation of graziers responsible for raising and supplying beef across the world. That’s why Australia’s...

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Soil health key to improving grazing productivity

Landholders will have the chance to learn how improving soil health can benefit their bottom line at  NQ Dry Tropics’ upcoming Healthy Soils Healthy Profits field day near Bowen on Wednesday 11 October. NQ Dry Tropics project officer Sharon Cunial said the event, at...

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Regeneration of the Rainforest

The NQ Dry Tropics Protecting Biodiversity Program is working with landholders to deliver a project to improve the condition and extent of dry rainforest in the Upper Burdekin Rangelands. Funding from the National Landcare Program has enabled four landholders over 10...

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Green light for Burdekin project to keep soil on land

Work has started on a project to tackle erosion, boost grazing productivity and improve Reef water quality in the Burdekin. The groundbreaking Landholders Driving Change project is combining graziers’ knowledge with the latest scientific research to achieve more...

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Fish surveys to monitor effectiveness of weed control

Electrofishing surveys taking place around Sheepstation Creek over the next few weeks will shine a light on the health of juvenile fish stocks in the area. Since 2013 NQ Dry Tropics has worked with Burdekin Shire Council, Lower Burdekin Water and local landowners to...

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Protecting our ancient dunes

NQ Dry Tropics has been working with enthusiastic volunteers to clean up and restore beach scrubs, one of our most important coastal communities.   More than 40 hectares of weeds, including Weeds of National Significance, lantana, prickly pear and rubber vine has been...

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Burdekin cane farmers help protect local wetlands

A recently-completed NQ Dry Tropics project focused on cane farms in the Lower Burdekin has shown that productivity and environmental benefits can go hand-in-hand. The Queensland Government-funded Landscape Resilience project used monitoring techniques to provide...

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Positive practice change helps Reef

Determined to embrace positive management practice change, Kale and Karin Robinson, of Hillsborough Station, are working to improve pasture on their Ravenswood grazing property to achieve a sustainable and profitable enterprise. Since taking over the property two...

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Sweet Taste of Success: Irrigating for results

Burdekin sugar cane growers are finding innovative ways to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef by minimising water run-off from their properties. The Burdekin is the engine room of Queensland’s sugar industry, producing between 8-9 million tonnes of sugar...

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Cool lesson on ‘cool burns’

Cool lesson on ‘cool burns’ at workshop Residents and landholders of the Woodstock/Majors Creek region received a cool lesson on cool burns at a “Fire as a Tool for Conservation and Land Management” workshop held on Saturday. Workshop organiser, NQ Dry Tropics project...

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Celebrating Grazing BMP accredited graziers

Twenty-one local graziers will be recognised for setting the benchmark for industry this month when they receive their Grazing BMP accredited producer certificates at a gala dinner held in Townsville. The event marks the largest number of producers to be presented...

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Bob Harris – Landholders Driving Change

Demonstration sites key to project success says Bowen grazier Grazier Bob Harris is working alongside other graziers, scientists and technical specialists to design land and water quality improvement solutions as part of NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change...

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Riparian Planting

Local cane farmer improves natural areas Giru cane farmer John Cernusco is partnering with NQ Dry Tropics to plant native vegetation along a lagoon on his property to reduce weeds and restore habitat. NQ Dry Tropics project officer Thijs Krugers is working with Mr...

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Community Grants Hub Live

Online North Queensland Grants Hub up and running NQ Dry Tropics has created an online North Queensland Grants Hub to simplify the grant experience for applicants. The hub, located on NQ Dry Tropics’ website, has been designed to advise landcare groups, community...

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Grazing Naturally Workshop

Grazing takes grass back to its roots Graziers are always looking for ways to improve their grazing management, and landholders from the Burdekin Dry Tropics region have had the chance to do just that, through Grazing Naturally workshops. Hosted by NQ Dry Tropics and...

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New Regional Ecosystem identified in Plantation Park

The NQ Dry Tropics Biodiversity team has identified a unique ecosystem in a section of Ayr’s Plantation Park that has resulted in a regional ecosystem code being created specifically for this area of the park. Regional ecosystems (REs) are groupings of vegetation...

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Romy Greiner – LANDHOLDERS DRIVING CHANGE PROJECT

Dr Romy Greiner, Environmental Economist, Director River Consulting Pty Ltd Government policies and programs that target an ‘average’ landholder will appeal to few. Instead, successful policies and programs must respond to the many different situations that...

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Scott Crawford – Landholders Driving Change Project

Dr Scott Crawford, CEO, NQ Dry Tropics Watching graziers, scientists and government staff work side by side to design solutions to improve land condition and water quality is exciting – and one of the groundbreaking aspects of the Landholders Driving Change project....

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Andrew Brooks – Landholders Driving Change project

Associate Professor Andrew Brooks – Griffith Centre for Coastal Management – Griffith University Gullies are a nuisance for landholders; undermining fences, stockyards and roads – and eventually contributing to reduced available productive land. They are also a major...

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Community landcare groups plan for the future

Local community groups who attended an NQ Dry Tropics site management planning workshop in Townsville last week learned important skills that will help them deliver their projects more effectively. The aim of the workshop was to to help landcare community groups...

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“Unlikely bedfellows” working together

“Unlikely bedfellows” working together to improve land condition Fifth-generation grazier Bristow Hughes believes that bringing graziers, scientists and technical experts around the table to design gully erosion solutions and improve water quality is already yielding...

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Managing breeder mobs

Managing breeder mobs for sustainability and profitability By putting in place a number of key management practices, northern beef producers can tighten an inefficient calving pattern into a cost-effective and profitable breeder management system. “We now have a...

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Ground cover key to project success

The Queensland Government-funded Landholders Driving Change project  supports graziers in the Collinsville/Bowen area to improve land condition and productivity, and repair erosion which affects water quality. Unlike traditional government funding programs, this is...

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Landholders Driving Change

Graziers and scientists unite to design land and water quality solutions. “Working with scientists has been surprising. They are just like us. They want our input and have been putting the water science information into our language, so it's understandable”. So says...

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Traditional Owners Grants

Traditional Owners Grants helping to protect land and preserve knowledge. Five Traditional Owner groups in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region have been carrying out projects to manage landscapes and preserve cultural heritage thanks to NQ Dry Tropics’ Traditional Owner...

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Beach Scrubs get tender loving care

NQ Dry Tropics has started work to protect and restore beach scrubs along Queensland’s coastline between Crystal Creek and Bowen. NQ Dry Tropics’ Biodiversity team has implemented a management program to improve the condition of the endangered beach scrubs, which are...

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Graziers rise to the challenge

Graziers rise to challenge of generating ideas to fix gully erosion “The idea of introducing graziers into the thought process of grant development is refreshing”. That’s the view of Jessie Gooding, a young grazier from Mount Aberdeen Station, near Collinsville, who...

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World Wetlands Day 2017

World Wetlands Day celebrates region’s special waterways Townsville landcare groups and volunteers today celebrated World Wetlands Day by visiting Reef HQ and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to learn how wetlands can protect coastal communities...

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New NQ Dry Tropics Chair

Former Townsville Mayor Les Tyrell appointed new NQ Dry Tropics Chair The NQ Dry Tropics Board has a new Chair, following the appointment of Les Tyrell OAM, former Mayor of Townsville and Thuringowa City Councils. He takes over from Mark Stoneman AM, who served with...

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Grant funds recording of Indigenous history

Grant funds recording of Indigenous history at Murdering Lagoon Murdering Lagoon, as the name suggests, has a dark history. Located on Vine Creek Station, south of Charters Towers, it was the scene of some brutal killings in 1864, an account of which is written in a...

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Major Integrated Project – Burdekin

Graziers to design land condition, pasture cover and productivity solutions A new multi-million dollar natural resource management program will give graziers from the Bowen, Broken and Bogie (BBB) River catchments the opportunity to say how projects to improve land...

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Reef Trust New Funding Package

New funding package worth $11.8 million to support cane farmers and the Reef Burdekin and Wet Tropics sugar cane farmers can bid for funding of up to $500,000 to reduce nitrogen levels in water leaving their farms and entering the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. The...

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Revitalising Horseshoe Lagoon

New project to revitalise Horseshoe Lagoon and protect the Reef Graziers, cane farmers, and community groups came together in Giru last week to find out how a new NQ Dry Tropics project will improve the health of Horseshoe Lagoon, local wetlands and the Great Barrier...

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Landscape Regeneration

Charters Towers workshop focuses on landscape regeneration More than 30 graziers and growers attended a two-day workshop at Wambiana Station near Charters Towers last week that focused on regenerating and restoring production landscapes. Renowned agrarian expert...

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Community effort helps clean up Aplins Weir

Plastic shopping bags, drinks bottles, crab pots, bicycle tyres and a bollard were just some of the items that filled more than 20 large sacks of rubbish on Saturday during a community clean up of popular fishing spot Aplins Weir. More than thirty dedicated locals...

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Community groups’ Townsville forum

Community groups share knowledge and achievements at Townsville forum Landcare group representatives from as far afield as Barcaldine, Charters Towers and Bowen travelled to Townsville last week to share experiences, troubleshoot problems, and explore new...

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Infrastructure upgrade a boost for fish and farmers

A much-needed culvert upgrade is underway at Lilliesmere Lagoon, which could increase fish stocks by supporting them to breed, and also help deliver irrigation water to farmers more efficiently. NQ Dry Tropics is working with Lower Burdekin Water to install fishways...

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Improving soil health

Burdekin graziers learn key tips for improving soil health Twenty-three North Queensland  graziers from 15 enterprises learnt about the importance of good soil health at a series of three NQ Dry Tropics Building Healthy Soils workshops last week. They discovered what...

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Landcare Grants 2016-2017

Community groups in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region will share in over $110,000 to deliver a range of local on-ground environmental projects under the 2016-2017 NQ Dry Tropics Community Landcare Grants Programme. NQ Dry Tropics CEO, Dr Scott Crawford, thanked the...

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Great Northern Clean Up

Forty volunteers collect 50kg rubbish in two hours in Great Northern Clean Up A microphone, a basketball, a dozen thongs, and a seemingly endless number of plastic bottles and cigarette butts – these are examples of just some of the rubbish found and removed from the...

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Graziers network and learn

Graziers take opportunity to network and learn at Clothes Peg Station From managing animal nutrition in the dry season to adopting strategic planning tools for business development: fifteen graziers from across northern Queensland discussed some of their key...

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Students and community groups join to tackle noxious weed

Local landcare community groups and students from Shalom Christian College in Townsville recently took to the Ross River to learn about the invasive water weed sagittaria, its impacts and how to record sightings to limit its spread. Like many water weeds, sagittaria...

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Graziers gain pregnancy testing skills

A recent NQ Dry Tropics event taught 10 graziers from seven properties across North Queensland how to conduct pregnancy tests – a  critical skill to help them better manage their herds and pastures. The Griffiths family, at Allandale Station, 60km west of Charters...

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Reef Tender fast-tracks improvements

Progressive Home Hill canefarmer uses Reef Tender to fast-track improvementsWhile second-generation Home Hill canefarmer Mark Vass has strategically reduced the nitrogen application on his 110 hectare farm since taking over its management in 2013, a recent...

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Bowen Office Official Opening

Bowen region gets direct access to support, skills and funding for better environmental outcomes The Bowen region has improved access to priority projects and expertise to better manage the diverse region’s water, land, animals and vegetation with natural resource...

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Graziers take in best practices

Graziers take in best practices at Charters Towers Building upon the success of the inaugural  Women in Grazing Bus Tour held in the Bowen/Collinsville area last year, this year’s event took nearly 70 forward-thinking landholders and industry representatives on a...

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Forward-thinking approaches

Forward-thinking approach leverages on-farm efficiency The improvements Burdekin Delta canefarmer Mark Castelanelli is making to the family’s 400-plus hectare farm in the name of increasing productivity are as constant as they are varied. By drawing on the knowledge...

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Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Plan

Innovative plan is blueprint for how to safeguard our region’s natural resources. A newly-released plan identifies collaborative strategies to improve the long-term productivity of the region’s graziers, sugarcane farmers and horticulturalists, while protecting our...

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Volunteers improve waterways

Volunteers improve waterways for a healthier Great Barrier Reef Community group volunteers across the Burdekin region are helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef by improving the health of local waterways through the NQ Dry Tropics’ Community Landcare Grants....

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Beware of sagittaria spread

River users urged to beware of sagittaria spread As a local not-for-profit organisation that helps the Burdekin Dry Tropics community to sustainably manage its natural resources, NQ Dry Tropics said it was important that Ross River users understood the risks of...

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Herd impact trial transforms gully

Dramatic before and after photos demonstrate how a severely eroded gully has been transformed within two years thanks to an ultra high-density grazing technique. The gully, on Barry and Leanne O’Sullivan’s 23,000ha Glenalpine grazing property near Bowen, is now barely...

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Look out for Siam weed

Siam weed is considered one of the world's most destructive tropical weeds, and North Queenslanders – especially residents in the Townsville area – are being urged to play their part in controlling it. Originally from Central America, Siam weed was first identified in...

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Recording traditional knowledge

Traditional ecological knowledge and land management techniques can play a key role in protecting our natural resources. In 2011, NQ Dry Tropics made an online cultural database  available for Traditional Owners in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region to collate knowledge....

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Economic approach to management

A recent NQ Dry Tropics workshop in Charters Towers highlighted the importance of graziers keeping accurate and detailed financial and stock records to plan for a profitable future. Across the two-day event, 16 graziers from 9 enterprises learned from leading business...

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Healthy Landscapes Field Day

Graziers learn from each other to improve water management “Drought was a great educator, it taught us that we had to change if we were to survive”, said Baralaba producer Ross McLean at a recent NQ Dry Tropics Healthy Landscapes Field Day held at Mt Coolon. Thirty...

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Peter Andrews to help graziers

Burdekin graziers looking for ways to make their land more sustainable and drought-resistant will have the opportunity to learn about Natural Sequence Farming at an event on 14 and 15 June 2016, featuring renowned agricultural pioneer Peter Andrews. The event will be...

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World Fish Migration Day

Burdekin community celebrates World Fish Migration Day with barra release Around 50 Burdekin landholders and community members came to Kalamia Creek, Ayr,  on Saturday 21 May to celebrate World Fish Migration Day and learn about the threats faced by local fish...

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Low-stress stock handling school

Low-stress stock handling school supports cattle welfare Nearly 30 graziers attended NQ Dry Tropics’ recent two-day Low Stress Stock Handling school, with leading educator and cattleman Jim Lindsay. The school took place at the Burnett family’s Mt Douglas Station via...

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Marine debris workshop

Marine debris workshop – taking local action on a global issue Marine debris is a major global issue that kills millions of animals each year, but dedicated locals are taking action to protect our oceans. Tangaroa Blue Foundation recently hosted a Source Reduction...

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Nth Queensland graziers talk reef & beef

The ongoing drought means naturally stressed pastures are generally producing below average yields – and graziers continue to look for ways to conserve pasture and maximise productivity while building resilience into their enterprises. On 27 April 2016, 21 graziers...

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Graziers spread water to reduce erosion

Eighteen graziers from 12 enterprises attended a recent two-day NQ Dry Tropics Landscape Function Workshop, on Des Bolton’s 16,600ha Gadara Station in Greenvale. The workshop, funded through the Australian Government Reef Programme, focused on reducing erosion by...

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Celebrate innovation on cross-regional bus tour

North Queensland growers celebrate innovation on cross-regional bus tour More than 60 of North Queensland’s most forward-thinking land managers celebrated agricultural innovation, and shared knowledge on a three-day cross-regional bus tour last week. NQ Dry Tropics,...

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Burdekin Tender

Burdekin growers successfully bid for $2.84 million to improve reef water quality Burdekin sugar cane farmers have secured $2.84 million in Australian Government funding to reduce their surplus nitrogen levels and help  improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef....

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Resilience in Grazing Open Day

Resilience in Grazing Open Day attracts nearly 100 North Queensland graziers Market fluctuations and the ongoing Big Dry are two major challenges faced by North Queensland graziers, and nearly 100 of them attended NQ Dry Tropics’ Resilience In Grazing Open Day to look...

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Workshop supports Traditional Owners

NQ Dry Tropics proudly works in partnership with regional Traditional Owner groups to build their capacity to care for their country. This includes ensuring that traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is preserved and recorded in a dedicated cultural database, so that...

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Innovative farming techniques

How innovative farming techniques are saving farmers time, money and waste Some of North Queensland’s most forward-thinking land managers will celebrate agricultural innovation, and share knowledge on a cross-regional bus tour from 12-14 April 2016. The Innovation in...

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Maintaining yield while reducing nitrogen

Burdekin cane growers aim to maintain yield while reducing nitrogen Using enhanced efficiency fertilisers could maintain cane and sugar yields while reducing the need for nitrogen inputs, according to early results from an NQ Dry Tropics trial....

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Holistic Context frames decisions

Learning about Holistic Management has led to the Murphy family dramatically changing their cattle operations  at Tabletop Station, Collinsville. Holistic Management is a goal-driven management and decision-making process that considers how everything is...

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Clean Up Australia Day

Community comes together for Clean Up Australia Day Recent rainfall did not dampen the spirits of one hundred community members who came together to remove 75 kg of rubbish from the Upper Ross River for Clean Up Australia Day.   The clean-up drew a crowd of...

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Single herd reaps benefits in tough season

When her parents Tom and Karen first suggested consolidating their six breeding herds into a single mob of 2500 cows, grazier Nikki Murphy knew it wouldn’t be a simple task. “I expected it to be a bit difficult to handle, but have since seen that there are lots of...

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Biofertiliser Course

North Queensland farmers brew their own biofertiliser Fifteen farmers from properties stretching between Crystal Creek and Mackay recently joined Gary and Angela Spotswood on their Lower Burdekin property for a three-day make-your-own biofertiliser course. NQ Dry...

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Soil Health Workshop

Cane growers learn that good structure is at the root of soil health   Burdekin cane growers learnt how understanding soil biology and chemistry can have a positive effect on production, at a recent NQ Dry Tropics workshop in Ayr. Soil expert David Hardwick presented...

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Wonderful World of Wetlands

The sun peeks over the horizon, green stalks sway in the breeze, turtles and birds find their perfect spot to bask in the hot morning sun, the hum of insects crescendos to a dull roar – and another day begins on one of the many wetlands in the Burdekin Dry Tropics....

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Conservation Action Planning (CAP)

Two recent NQ Dry Tropics workshops in Townsville and Bowen brought together knowledgeable local natural resource managers to discuss the best way to protect biodiversity in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region. The workshops are part of NQ Dry Tropics’ roll out of the...

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Community improves habitat

A local project to improve endangered Beach Scrub vegetation at the Pocket along Horseshoe Bay Road in Bowen, has strengthened links between local groups, while improving important native habitat. The  joint project between NQ Dry Tropics, Whitsunday Regional Council,...

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Community Landcare Grants 2015-16

Community groups in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region will share just over $70,000 to deliver a range of local on-ground environmental projects, under NQ Dry Tropics’ Community Landcare Grants 2015-2016 programme. NQ Dry Tropics CEO, Dr Scott Crawford, thanked the...

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Cane farmers innovate & automate

More than 20 Burdekin sugarcane farmers participated in a field walk last week on Willy Lucas’ Osbourne cane farm, near Home Hill, to inspect an NQ Dry Tropics low-cost furrow irrigation automation trial. Affordable automation in furrow irrigation can deliver multiple...

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Fish Kills

Fish Kills: What are they and how do we stop them? It’s that time of year again! No, not the holiday season - it’s fish kill season.   With summer rapidly approaching, dead fish have already been found in the Burdekin’s local rivers, creeks and lakes, causing...

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Inspiration from abroad

Local farmers take inspiration from abroad to improve soil health Two recent soil events in Ayr attracted more than thirty Burdekin cane farmers, who learnt how increasing plant biodiversity can improve soil health and could help reduce yield decline. NQ Dry Tropics...

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Burdekin graziers keen to build resilience

NQ Dry Tropics will hold Holistic Management information sessions in Charters Towers and Bowen, to cater for a surge of interest about the practice among Burdekin graziers. The events will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Bowen Research Station on Monday 7...

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Tree planting reduces “dead zones”

Recent results from a trial undertaken at Sheepstation Creek in Brandon indicate that planting trees along river banks can help increase fish stocks. In 2012, NQ Dry Tropics carried out a project on a property owned by John and Frank Gorizia, to remove weeds from half...

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Reef Trust Tender

Burdekin sugarcane farmers can now submit expressions of interest to access up to $500,000 to undertake projects that reduce the level of nitrogen leaving their farms. The Australian Government has made up to $2.5 million available under the $140 million Reef Trust...

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Burdekin growers on tour

On Monday 26 October, ten Burdekin sugarcane growers recently headed to the Wet Tropics on a three-day bus tour to observe  how their northern neighbours are reducing nutrient and pesticide run-off into the Great Barrier Reef catchments.   The NQ Dry Tropics Sugarcane...

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Graziers to share their experiences

Graziers from across Queensland will share their successes at a forum in Charters Towers on Friday 16 October 2015. Forum host NQ Dry Tropics has secured Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Managing Director, Richard Norton, as a keynote speaker for the event. The...

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Holistic management workshop

Holistic management workshop inspires North Queensland graziers With the Big Dry showing no sign of ending anytime soon, an increasing number of graziers are looking at ways to better maintain good levels of pasture and to make their businesses more resilient. NQ Dry...

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Cane growers study innovation on tour

Cane growers study innovation on tour to Springsure NQ Dry Tropics recently took five Burdekin cane growers on an 1800 km road trip to check out new technologies and management systems that could help them improve the quality of water leaving their farms. The tour...

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Weed Control Trial

NQ Dry Tropics invites Bowen landholders to participate in weed control trial Bowen graziers, landholders and landcarers are being invited to become "citizen scientists” by taking part in a trial to tackle woody weeds with a new bioherbicide. NQ Dry Tropics has teamed...

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Low Stress Stockhandling (LSS) schools

Graziers learn how reducing stress improves animal welfare and increases production A total of 48 beef producers recently attended two Low Stress Stockhandling (LSS) schools, held at the Webb family’s  “The Bluff” station in the Charters Towers region, and the Dobe...

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Weed Identification Workshop

Weed workshop spreads the word about invasive species Over forty participants attended NQ Dry Tropics’ Weed Identification Workshop, aimed at increasing local knowledge about regional priority weeds in the Townsville area. The event, held on the banks of the Ross...

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Barramundi Tag and Release Day

Barramundi Tag and Release Day makes a splash in the Burdekin NQ Dry Tropics teamed up with Lower Burdekin Landcare Association (LBLCA) and Burdekin Fish Restocking Association (BFRA) to deliver an educational event in Brandon, focused on how native vegetation along...

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Threatened Species Strategy

NQ Dry Tropics gets behind Australian Government Threatened Species initiative. NQ Dry Tropics has welcomed the Australian Government’s new Threatened Species Strategy, launched by Environment Minister Greg Hunt MP at the recent Threatened Species summit, held at...

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Mundy Creek attracts community crowd

Garbutt residents and local community groups came together on Saturday, 1 August, to link Landcare and Indigenous culture along Mundy Creek. Local Indigenous group – Grassroots Walk the Talk Collective together with Mundy Creek Environmental Arts Collective identified...

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Managing Your Soil Field Tour

Burdekin growers get down and dirty to learn about soil health Twenty-two growers visited four Burdekin farms on Friday 17 July 2015 at NQ Dry Tropics’ Managing Your Soil Field Tour. “The field tour was delivered by NQ Dry Tropics through the Queensland...

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Controlling invasive weeds

Community groups team up to protect threatened local rainforest A joint environmental project between Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), and Traditional Owners the Gudjuda Reference Group, has helped protect more than 25 hectares of endangered rainforest and...

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Queens Beach gets a helping hand

Community groups give Queens Beach a helping hand A joint environmental project between Queens Beach Action Group (QBAG) and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has helped save important coastal dunes at Yasso Point. The two local community groups have joined...

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Community groups join forces

Community groups join forces to conserve significant Maggie Island environment    A joint environmental project between the Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner group and the Magnetic Island Nature Care Association (MINCA) has improved over 30 hectares of significant coastal...

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New Chairperson for NQ Dry Tropics

Former Burdekin Mayor takes the helm at NQ Dry Tropics The NQ Dry Tropics Board has a new Chairperson, following the appointment of Lyn McLaughlin, former Mayor of Burdekin Shire Council. She takes over from Mark Stoneman, who served with distinction in the role for...

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Drought Declared Shires

As of June 2015, 65.8% of the Burdekin Dry Tropics region has been officially declared as in drought. Approximately 80% of Queensland is drought declared. The following Shires in the region have been fully or partially drought declared: Barcaldine Charters Towers...

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Women in Grazing Bus Tour

Grazing industry women share knowledge and experiences on unique bus tour Thirty-three female graziers, representing 28 grazing enterprises, attended NQ Dry Tropics’ Women In Grazing Bus Tour, held on Wednesday 24 June 2015. At the unique event, leading female...

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Drone Field Day

Unmanned aerial vehicle display brings a glimpse of the future to the Burdekin The emerging Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) industry could have a major impact on agricultural practices, and the Drone Field Day on 25 May at the Barattas gave Burdekin sugarcane farmers...

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Healthy Habitats – Majors Creek

Nearly 30 interested locals came along to a beautiful property in Majors Creek on Saturday 9th May to find out more about managing woody weeds, and how fire can be a useful land management tool. Children from one family took home copies of the free resource books on...

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Pest Advisory Forum

Pest forum helps Burdekin community tackle unwanted species More than 65 people including sugar growers, scientists, property owners and other interested community members, attended the Dry Tropics Pest Advisory Forum at the Ayr Showgrounds, to learn more about how to...

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