The Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (MIP) is the first of its kind – a reef water quality program that is funded by the Queensland Government but designed by the local community.
A Consortium of over 40 organisations and hundreds of people in our community have shaped this project. By working together and pooling their knowledge of the landscapes and conditions of the Tully and Johnstone catchments, the people living and working in these areas have helped to design a program tailor-made to their environment.
Opportunity to make a difference
The MIP concentrates efforts into two catchments. It is an opportunity to achieve a greater impact on water quality with a more localised approach. This concept was recommended by the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce.
The program will build on the many water quality improvements already happening in the Johnstone and Tully catchments. This means we can really focus on delivering enduring and sustainable land management in a way that benefits local communities.
What is the program?
The essence of the Wet Tropics MIP is the combination of actions that work with all parts of the community.
Farming practice change is central to the project as the proven most cost-effective way of improving water quality, however, other actions are included in the mix to help meet water quality targets. Up to $15 million will be invested in the project over the next three years. Click through to read more about each activity area.