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


Daintree River erosion control

Daintree River erosion control

Water Template 1 Landscape repair
Tree-planting and earthworks have strengthened this river’s banks near the Daintree Village.
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Upper Herbert: Your NRM Priorities

Upper Herbert: Your NRM Priorities

Corporate Soil Water Biodiversity Template 1 Landscape repair Indigenous
A review of the Wet Tropics NRM Plan is underway, starting in the Upper Herbert...
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From weeds to wildlife…

From weeds to wildlife…

Biodiversity Template 1 Landscape repair
Yellow-bellied gliders and native frogs are on the wish-list for a Ravenshoe creek reserve
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