February 10, 2020
2020 has started with new projects and welcome news that others will be extended.
The ground-breaking Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project – with its innovations ranging from trial bioreactors to intensive water quality monitoring and Reef Credits - will now run until June 2021 thanks to additional Queensland Government funding.
There was also good news late last year for the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership. Extension officers have continued their work with farmers to improve yields and water quality. This Reef Alliance project is funded by a partnership between the Australian Government and Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
New projects to stabilise stream banks in the Cassowary Coast, Douglas and Hinchinbrook regions are also underway thanks to Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements through the Australian and Queensland governments.
I recently met with Leeanne Enoch, Qld Environment Minister, in Brisbane and we spoke about the enthusiasm of Wet Tropics landholders to be part of new catchment solutions – the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project has attracted an unprecedented level of landholder engagement for its farmer-centric solutions and ‘from the ground-up’ approach.
I also attended the launch of the $500M Land Restoration Fund. The fund gives farmers, land managers and landholders the chance to generate another income stream through carbon farming projects, and the Queensland Government’s first funding round is now open. See this Youtube video for an overview.
Our ‘Cassowary Credits’ feasibility study was part of the presentation, as one of three pilot projects funded last year. On that note, we look forward to seeing the first Reef Credits issued this year, in another initiative that will restore land, improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef and sustainability in the Wet Tropics region.