Landholders Driving Change

Map of the Bowen, Broken, Bogie (BBB) catchment area

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 condition, pasture cover and productivity should be designed.

NQ Dry Tropics is heading a consortium including Resource Consulting Services, the Bowen/Collinsville Landcare Group and James Cook University, that will work with landowners to design a four-year program. In total up to $33 million is available from the Queensland Government for two projects – one in the Burdekin region and one in the Wet Tropics.

In the Burdekin region, the program aims to support graziers within the priority BBB area to improve productivity, particularly in relation to pasture cover, and to repair erosion and gullies which may be impacting on water quality.

NQ Dry Tropics CEO, Dr Scott Crawford said, “Unlike traditional government funding programs, this is an unprecedented opportunity for graziers to be involved from the start with planning and designing projects. We’re hoping that this will result in projects better tailored to graziers’ individual situations and needs.”

“NQ Dry Tropics is committed to hearing what the local community thinks and is looking for a mix of new ideas and proven best practice. Graziers know their land better than anyone, and we look forward to working with them to come up with long-term solutions,” he said

Media Releases

  1. Graziers rise to challenge of generating ideas to fix gully erosion – Jessie Gooding – 15 February 2017.
  2. Graziers and scientists unite to design land and water quality solutions – 2 March 2017.
  3. Ground cover key to project success – Tom Murphy – 6 March 2017.
  4. “Unlikely bedfellows” working together to improve land condition – Bristow Hughes – 31 March 2017.
  5. Demonstration sites key to project success says Bowen grazier Bob Harris – 7 June 2017.
  6. Grazier ideas forming basis of Landholders Driving Change action plan – Jane Waterhouse – 22 June 2017.

Meet some of those involved in the Landholders Driving Change project

Bob Harris – Glencoe Station

Tom Murphy – Tabletop Station, Collinsville.

Jessie Gooding – Mount Aberdeen Station, near Bowen.

Bristow Hughes – Strathalbyn Station, Collinsville

Associate Professor Andrew Brooks – Griffith Centre for Coastal Management – Griffith University

Dr Romy Greiner – Environmental Economist, Director – River Consulting Pty Ltd

Dr Scott Crawford – CEO – NQ Dry Tropics