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 meet water quality targets. Up to $15 million will be invested in the project over the next three years:
CATCHMENT REPAIR AND TREATMENT SYSTEMS (up to $4.6 million)
The MIP will install, trial and monitor catchment repair and treatment systems to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef
FARM SERVICES (up to $4.7 million)
It will accelerate practice change by investing in 5 extension staff, performance-based incentives and technical support for landholders
LOCAL SCALE MONITORING (up to $2.9 million)
It will design and deliver nested local scale water monitoring across 14 new sites, and work closely with farmers and the community to be an active partner in understanding water quality issues and solutions.
OUR CATCHMENT - OUR COMMUNITY (up to $1.5 million)
The MIP will invest in communications, grants and technical support to implement a mix of non-agricultural improvements, as well as catchment wide communication and engagement tools.
INFLUENCING (up to $0.6 million)
The MIP will also explore innovative financing and investment opportunities, and seek to implement ecosystem service payments that support water quality activities – an exciting opportunity for the MIP and all of the Reef catchments.