Reef Trust Repeated Tenders – Wet Tropics and Burdekin


Round 3 applications have now closed.

The Australian Government has made up to $11.8 million available in the Burdekin and Wet Tropics natural resource management (NRM) regions to help reduce nitrogen runoff leaving sugarcane farms and entering the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. Delivered as part of the Australian Government’s $225 million Reef Trust, this investment will support sugarcane farmers to better match their fertiliser application to crop requirements. Funding will be awarded through a number of Reverse Auction (Repeated Tender) rounds across the Wet Tropics (delivered by Terrain NRM) and Burdekin (delivered by NQ Dry Tropics) NRM regions.

The Reef Trust competitive tender asks sugarcane farmers to put a price on the cost of improving their nitrogen and irrigation management practices. Farmers design their own projects and, if successful, are offered grant funding for the total cost of their project.

Reef Trust Repeated Tenders – Burdekin

This project builds on the two previous pilot reverse auctions, which have demonstrated successful results based on early outcomes. In 2017, the repeated tenders saw farmers in the Burdekin NRM region successfully bid for a total of $4.7 million for round one and $4.46 million for round two. Once again, NQ Dry Tropics will support Burdekin farmers through round three of the bidding process.

This project is offering funding of up to $500,000 for sugarcane farmers to implement on-farm nitrogen reduction or irrigation improvements which enhance water quality entering the reef whilst reducing fertiliser costs and maintaining yields.

This project is 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.

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

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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.

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