This project is stopping thousands of tonnes of fine sediment from reaching the Great Barrier Reef each year through engineered erosion solutions and improved land management practices on cattle stations.


The Herbert catchment is a top-three priority catchment for sediment reduction in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef zone. Sediment is one of the major pollutants affecting the Reef.
Gully erosion, streambank erosion and hillslope erosion are all contributing factors in this catchment.


  • Earthworks to reshape erosion hotspots
  • Fencing and new watering points to keep stock from stream banks/facilitate improve stock management
  • Revegetation
  • Workshops for landholders


The Herbert catchment extends 288km from the Atherton Tablelands to the coast at Ingham, north of Townsville.


This project is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.


Local contractors and service providers


Mid-2021 – mid-2024
This project complements the Herbert Gully and Grazing Program.

Achievements so far

  • ‘Grazing Naturally’ and erosion control workshops with landholders
  • On-farm meetings/consultations with landholders


Erosion hotspots and solutions

Erosion hotspots and solutions

Water Template 1 Landscape repair
Meet the MacPhersons and learn about their whole-of-farm changes helping land and water.
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Pile fields a solution for erosion

Pile fields a solution for erosion

Water Template 1 Landscape repair
Pile fields are a new solution to flood damage and erosion along the Mossman River.
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Grazing Naturally workshops

Grazing Naturally workshops

Soil Water Template 1 Landscape repair
Improving soil health and pasture performance across properties, one paddock at a time.
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