During 2008-2016, 20 organisations worked across the agricultural industry in the Wet Tropics to deliver the Australian Government’s Reef Rescue and Reef Programme initiatives to improve water quality flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.
The program provided incentive grants to farmers to help facilitate changes in farming practices to reduce the loss of soil, nutrients and pesticides from their paddocks.
The primary focus was in cane, bananas, grazing, multi-crop and pawpaw.
An innovation component to these programs also supported farmers to trial new and developing practices. Some of these trials are highlighted in these videos.
- Malanda Beef Group dung beetle trials
- Worm juice as an organic fertiliser
- Site specific management in cane
- Use of inter-row crimp rollers to control weeds
- Improving soil health with application of biofertilisers
- Using drones to target weeds
- The affects of biochar on soil health
Impact Report 2008-2016
To learn more about the results of this program download the Wet Tropics Reef Rescue Impact Report 2008-2016.
A summary Impact Report Brochure is also available.
Progress from on farm practice change is tracked through the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program.
This program is a collaboration involving governments, industry bodies, regional natural resource management bodies, landholders and research organisations. It is designed to model changes to end of catchment pollutant loads as a result of reef investment in improving farming practices across the whole GBR catchment. Annual Report Cards show results of the P2R program available on the Queensland Government website.
Click here for more on the program.