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Hinterland Bush Links, with the support of BMRG, recently commenced the continuation of the Upper Mary Valley Weed Vine Project. This long-term project seeks to eradicate destructive vines in the Upper Mary River Catchment, with two Weeds of National Significance—the Cat’s Claw Creeper and the Madeira Vine—in focus. These weed vines smother mature and regenerating native trees and contribute to the erosion of creek edges, and poor water quality; the latter of which affects many creek species including the threatened Mary River cod, Mary River turtle, Queensland lungfish, Oxelyan pygmy perch and the giant barred frog.
Find out more about the Weed Vine Project.
Living and Productive Soils Symposium and Bus Tour
Join BMRG for a full day 'Living and Productive Soils Symposium and Bus Tour' on April 28th. Growers, producers and agriculturalists across all industries in the wider Bundaberg region will hear from guest speakers on soil function and geology, soil biology, effects of tillage, multispecies cover cropping, ecological management for profitability and practical tips on maintaining soil health. The bus tour will be guided by industry experts and practitioners to demonstrate on-ground implementation options and management approaches.
Register for this free event.
Successful removal of feral pigs from Bulburin National Park
A mob of 15 feral pigs have been removed from the Bulburin National Park as part of BMRG's Bushfire Recovery Project. Thanks to Bush to Bay Weed Control’s baseline sampling, and University of Queensland’s supplementary data, six locations and 49 feral pigs were identified within a 250-hectare area. Controlling the feral pig population is an ongoing challenge, as they will continue to return to the area. QPWS will continue the control of pigs into the future. For now, threatened flora and fauna have been given a reprieve from the pigs, increasing their chance for population survival.
Read more about Bulburin National Park.
Mary River Recovery Project gaining traction
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation recently published an article on the Mary River Quality Program and its ambitions to stop 26,000 tonnes of sediment from entering the Great Barrier Reef each year. Run by the Mary River Project Consortium—which is led by BMRG—the project will build on the high calibre of work already being undertaken by Queensland’s farmers and agricultural community to help reach the targets set out by the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan.
Read more about the project.
Happy Easter from BMRG
We’d like to take the opportunity to wish you a safe, and relaxing long weekend. We will be returning to the office on Tuesday 19 April and look forward to working with you again then.
RCS Grazing Clinic wrap up
A great couple of days were had at Murgon recently with BMRG hosting an RCS Grazing Clinic for 26 land managers. As a highlight, participants were taken on a half-day field trip to the nearby property of RCS present, Andrew Zerner. The workshop covered topics including how livestock grazing can be used to improve soil health, resting pasture for optimum production, matching animal stocking rate to the property’s carrying capacity, tips to maximising animal production and much more. This event was supported by BMRG, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Learn more about RCS.
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In case you missed it
First successful Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot projects announced 
The first batch of successful projects have been selected under the Australian Government’s Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot. More than $7 million has been offered to 54 projects. Assessment of the remaining projects is still underway and further successful projects are expected to be announced shortly.
Smart Farms, Small Grants Workshop 
Not long now until this one-day workshop that provides information from regional experts on regenerative agriculture focusing on vegetation, soil health, and water quality. 
Strait Expectations workshops a success
BMRG recently facilitated three workshops and field days for the rangers with our partners at Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation - BAC. This training covered topics such as weed control, water quality management, and pest control operations, building on the rangers' skills and knowledge in the deliverance of on-site project work in the natural resource management space.