Reef Alliance Project (RAP) – Growing a Great Barrier Reef – RAP Burdekin Cane Project – Phase II

Burdekin Cane Extension Project

This voluntary project assists cane growers to improve management practices and productivity, while also reducing nutrient and pesticide runoff to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.  

Delivered by our Sustainable Agriculture team, the project offers cane growers extension, training and Reef water quality incentives to improve efficiency, and help the Reef build resilience against the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

It is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and delivered through the Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) and a partnership between CANEGROWERS, NQ Dry Tropics, Terrain NRM and the Burnett Mary Regional Group.

By 2020, the Reef Alliance Project – Phase II will have:

  • engaged with 30 cane farmers through one-on-one extension; and
  • supported 15 cane farmers to implement improved irrigation practices over 1250ha in the Burdekin sugarcane growing region.

This funding round aims to build on the success of previous Reef Alliance Growing a Great Barrier Reef project (Phase I) extension plans and grants in the Burdekin region, which over the past three years saw 313 growers working to improve on-farm irrigation and nutrient use efficiency. 

 The project will help maintain existing regional extension capacity and momentum towards the delivery of priority water quality actions through property planning, extension and on-ground implementation.

 This project is not linked to regulation.

For more information contact: NQ Dry Tropics Phone: (07) 4799 3500 Email: