Government RLP Field Tour


23 AUGUST 2022

Representatives from the Australian Government have visited a range of project sites across Far North Queensland on an RLP Field Tour  dedicated to showcasing the vital work of Natural Resource Management organisations carry out across the region.

Terrain NRM, Cape York NRM and Gulf Savannah NRM worked together on the five-day field trip for Regional Land Partnerships government representatives, so they could witness first-hand the work carried out to protect threatened species, improve the health of the regions lands and waterways, and build resilience to climate change.

The field trip was the first since COVID-19 restricted travel to the region.

From Normanby Station, Artemis Station and Lakeland, through to Mareeba, the Tablelands and Ravenshoe, down to South Johnston, El Arish, Cardwell and Mission Beach, the delegates were shown a wide range of project sites which focused on:

• Fire management
• Wetlands management
• Revegetation and weed management
• Grazing land management
• Pasture improvement projects
• Compost techniques
• Agriculture innovation
• Golden-shouldered parrot viewing
• Ant plant viewing
• Northern Quoll and Northern Bettong protection
• Cassowary corridors

CEO Stewart Christie said it was a diverse show-and-tell, with some remote and interesting landscapes covered over the five days.

“Each NRM group made sure the visit was balanced with on-ground information and unique experiences only to be had in North Queensland.

forest fruit farm

“I think the delegates left the region with a high degree of confidence in our capability to deliver RLP projects, our professionalism and knowledge of our regions, and our strong relationships with landholders and the community.”

The Regional Land Partnerships (RLP) Program is a key part of the Federal Government’s $1 billion investment under the National Landcare Program.

Projects delivered under the RLP focus on recovering vulnerable ecological communities, protecting threatened species and reducing threats to globally significant wetlands. Additionally, the RLP includes sustainable agricultural projects to improve soil quality, assist farmers to adapt to climate change, and respond to evolving market demands.

“The three NRM organisations in the Alliance have a proven track record in facilitating successful projects through the RPL program and we look forward to funding opportunities for new and exciting collaborations into the future,” Mr Stewart said.


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