QUEENSLAND cattle producers in Great Barrier Reef catchment areas are being encouraged to take part in an innovation project that aims to improve Reef water quality outcomes and increase farm profitability.
AgForce Queensland Senior Policy Adviser, Andrew Freeman, has advised expressions of interest were now open for grant applications under the Reef Trust III: Reef Alliance Grazing Innovation Project.
“The grazing innovation project is about fostering innovation that could reduce erosion, sediments and nutrients from grazing lands in Reef catchments, while also increasing farm profitability and increasing the number of graziers adopting improved practices,” he said.
“It’s about developing innovative solutions to difficult problems, either through new practices or new technology, or by applying existing practices or technology in a novel way.
“There has been considerable research into understanding how graziers can help to improve water quality outcomes across Great Barrier Reef catchments, but more work needs to be done to validate the findings and apply it on the ground on grazing properties.
“An independent technical advisory panel will be established to assess applications and provide recommendations to the Australian Government for approval, while graziers implementing innovative practice change will be supported throughout the project by AgForce and Reef Alliance partners.”
More than $1.6 million in funding is available for the Reef Alliance Grazing Innovation Project through the Australian Government’s Reef Trust III: Reef Alliance — Growing a Great Barrier Reef.
Graziers and other interested third parties are invited to complete the online Expression of Interest (EOI) via www.agforceqld.org.au as the first step in applying for a Reef Alliance grant.