Catchment repair and treatment systems
The MIP will invest up to $4.6m to install 20 different treatments including bioreactors, wetlands, high efficiency sediment basins and riparian buffer zones.
It will trial and monitor the effectiveness of these repair and treatment systems as potential methods for reducing pollutant loads entering the Great Barrier Reef in the Wet Tropics.
These will be delivered in collaboration with farmers and landholders in optimal locations. Community groups, traditional owners, NGOs, council and River Improvement Trust (RIT) will be delivery partners.
The MIP will accelerate practice change by investing up to $4.7m in 5 extension staff, performance-based incentives and technical support for landholders.
This will deliver whole farm extension and incentives for optimal production, profit and landscape and water quality outcomes.
It will establish demonstration cane and banana farms in priority sub-catchments, and it will help to mentor and coordinate the broader extension network and build famers’ capacity for change.
Local scale monitoring
The MIP will invest up to $2.9m over three years to design and deliver nested local scale water monitoring across 14 new sites.
Working closely with farmers and the community, it will ensure industry and community have ownership and oversight, and that land managers receive rapid, “in time” local water quality information.
Grower feedback has been “show me that it’s my problem and I will solve it”, so the MIP will help build connections between science and farmers on the impacts and causes of reduced water quality.
Our catchment – our community
The MIP will invest up to $1.5m over three years in communications, grants and technical support to implement a mix of non-agricultural improvements, as well as catchment wide communication and engagement tools.
Working with community groups, traditional owners, NGOs, industry, council and River Improvement Trusts, the MIP will build and share knowledge, co-generate data and support non-agricultural improvements.
Innovative communications will promote results and tell a bigger picture story of change that recognises and values everyone’s contributions.
The MIP will invest up to $0.6m to explore innovative financing and investment opportunities.
The MIP will seek to implement ecosystem service payments that support water quality activities – an exciting opportunity for the MIP and all of the Reef catchments.
The MIP will also work with partners, peak bodies, government and agencies to influence priority external factors that can be barriers to change.