IMPROVING LAND & REEF

Overview

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.

Background

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.

Solutions

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

Locations

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

Funders

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

Partners

Landholders
Local contractors and service providers

Timeframe

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

Achievements so far

  • ‘Grazing Naturally’, soil health and erosion control workshops for landholders
  • On-farm meetings/consultations with landholders
  • Six grazing management practice change project areas covering just over 56,000 hectares
  • Streambank restoration: Construction of a pile field (800 log piles, 500m-long site) in the Lower Herbert area.
  • Gully remediation site at two gully heads

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