Reef Trust Repeated Tenders

  • $11.8m across the Wet Tropics and Dry Tropics
  • Cane Farms
  • Focused on improved nitrogen management
  • Competitive tender program


A number of market-based competitive tenders (reverse auctions) are being used to allocate funds (up to $500,000) to bidders offering the best value for money projects over a number of years.

Terrain NRM has been appointed to administer the tenders on behalf of the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP).

This project aims to build on the success of previous tenders where a number of farmers have benefitted from reducing their costs and maintaining productivity while improving their nitrogen management.

Farmers have the flexibility to determine which practice changes to implement on their farm to improve nitrogen management. This is a great opportunity to increase farm sustainability, and reduce costs, as well as refining the use of nitrogen (N) input.

Information Fact Sheets

factsheet 1: introducing the tenders

factsheet 2: improving nitrogen management

factsheet 3: minimum standards of practice management

factsheet 4: smartcane best practice management program

factsheet 5: frequently asked questions

factsheet 6: developing a tender

Case Studies

Interested growers can also read  case studies from farmers in the Wet Tropics who received funding in Phase 1 of Reef Trust. These will enable you to find out how other farmers have utilised these tender programs to refine their N input while maintaining productivity

More information

Growers can discuss their interest in making a tender application with our project staff on:

• Phone: 1800 899 486 

• Email:

You can also talk to your local WTSIP Extension Officer who can help you develop a suitable project for the tender program as well as a farm scale nutrient management plan.

Contacts and links

Media Release, Minister for Environment and Energy

Repeated Tenders – Wet Tropics and Burdekin, Department of Environment and Energy