Reef Trust Repeated Tenders – Wet Tropics and Burdekin


Applications have now closed.

This Project builds on the success of the previous pilot reverse auctions being delivered through the Reef Trust in the Wet Tropics (Phase I) and Burdekin (Phase II) (for more information, including stories from participating sugar cane growers, visit

Reef Trust Repeated Tenders – Burdekin (this Project) is a Phase IV Reef Trust investment that will address nitrogen losses from the Burdekin natural resource management (NRM) region.

As a major source of nitrogen loss has been linked to fertiliser use in the sugar cane industry, this Project offers funding to sugar cane growers to reduce the amount of nitrogen lost from their farm/s through improved matching of crop requirements with management practices. This can include changing the amount of fertiliser applied to crops so that the nitrogen is taken up by the plant, and not lost to the Reef. By improving nitrogen management practices at the farm scale, sugar cane growers can improve the sustainability of their business and help ensure less nitrogen is lost to the Reef.

NQ Dry Tropics sees this project as a great opportunity to build on the significant improvements that the Burdekin sugarcane industry has already made to the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.

This Project is intended to run from 2016 – 2022. This Project is voluntary and up to $11.8 million (GST exclusive) is available for grants awarded through a number of Reverse Auction (Repeated Tender) rounds across the Wet Tropics (delivered by Terrain NRM) and Burdekin NRM regions.

Budgets for each round will be determined based on the number of cost effective bids received and the success of previous rounds.

On 15 May 2017 the Minister for the Environment and Energy announced that up to $4.7 million in grant funding had been committed under Round One.

For more information on the Reef Trust Repeated Tenders – Burdekin (this Project) visit

Round 2 of the Reef Trust Repeated Tender opened 7 August 2017 and closed 29 September 2017.


Contacts and links

To find out more, contact NQ Dry Tropics at or phone 07 4799 3500.

Please visit this web page regularly for project updates.