Reef Trust III

  • June 2016-December 2019
  • $10.84m in the Wet Tropics
  • Cane, bananas, dairy and multi-crop
  • Extension support and grants
  • Goal to transition more farmers to and beyond BMP

Background

The funding being provided through Reef Trust Phase 3 (2016-2019) aims to support farmers in continuing towards Best Management Practices (BMP) to help minimise losses of soil, fertiliser and pesticides into reef catchments.

As one of the 17 partners in the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP), Terrain is involved in the delivery of the Wet Tropics cane target to transition 399 cane farmers (over 50,000 hectares of land) to and beyond BMP. The Australian Banana Growers Council and Queensland Dairy Organisation are responsible for delivering the targets relating to their industries.

Extension Network

The Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership includes industry bodies, productivity boards, mills, natural resource management and government organisations working together to deliver water quality, productivity and profitability outcomes in the Wet Tropics.

The Partnership has set up a network of extension officers who work within CANEGROWERS and productivity boards across the region. An innovation extension officer also provides support for innovation projects.

WTSIP's Extension Officers are working one-on-one with growers to help them adopt practices that improve their profits and productivity as well as water quality. A key focus in on developing farm scale Nutrient Management Plans.

Reef Trust Phase 3 Water Quality Incentive Grants

While the focus of Reef Trust Phase 3 is on extension and training, $1.5 million has also been allocated to providing financial assistance to growers through a grants program.

There will be two rounds of grants - August/September 2017 and early 2018 (dates tbc).

The grants prioritise projects with the best potential benefit on water quality. For more information go to the WTSIP website.