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’, 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


Glen Ruth Station helps to protect the Reef

Glen Ruth Station helps to protect the Reef

Soil Water Template 1 Landscape repair
Earthworks repair gully systems to reduce sediment flowing into the Herbert River
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Mossman Riverbank Erosion Fixed

Mossman Riverbank Erosion Fixed

Water Template 1 Landscape repair
Rockwalls and revegetation will help prevent farm land in future extreme flooding events
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New cattle creek crossings to stop erosion

New cattle creek crossings to stop erosion

Soil Template 1 Landscape repair
Beef breeder Rob Pagano is tackling erosion on his property by installing cattle creek crossings
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