This project is strengthening stream banks in the Mossman catchment to prevent soil loss caused by erosion during wet season floods and to restore vegetation along creek and riverbanks. We are implementing a range of solutions that combine the latest science and engineering techniques with local knowledge of the landscape.


Extreme flooding events in early 2018 caused significant stream bank erosion, washing away productive farmland and increasing sediment loads in waterways flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.


  • Engineered erosion remediation works
  • Revegetation
  • Workshops for landholders


Cassowary and Saltwater sub-catchments in the Mossman area, north of Cairns.


Landholders, Douglas Shire Council, Mossman Canegrowers, Mossman Agricultural Services, local contractors and service providers


This four-year $1 million project is funded by the Queensland Government’s Natural Resources Investment Program.

Achievements so far

  • 2 rockwalls built
  • 2.51 ha revegetated
  • 3,220 trees planted
  • 17 tonnes of sediment prevented from reaching the reef
  • 30 landholders engaged

For an overview of the project, view our (three-minute) video:


Pile fields help landholders and the Reef

Pile fields help landholders and the Reef

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800 wooden piles are helping to solve erosion problems in the Herbert River catchment.
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Reef Water Quality: Accelerating Progress

Reef Water Quality: Accelerating Progress

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Progress towards reef targets is too slow, what do we need to do to accelerate it?
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Revegetating creeks and reducing rats

Revegetating creeks and reducing rats

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Hear from three cane farmers about the benefits of creekside revegetation.
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