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Huge congratulations go to our close partners Gidarjil Development Corporation, who were finalists and runners-up for the Exceptional Indigenous Business in Qld Resources Award at the recent 2022 Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards. This award celebrates the contribution of Traditional Owner-run businesses and organisations to Queensland’s resources sector and to the employment and training of Indigenous Australians. Around 350 people attended this Awards ceremony, which was sponsored by Evolution Mining, another BMRG partner and a member of the Consortium between BMRG, Evolution Mining, and Gidarjil Development Corporation.
NRIP Project Complete
BMRG is wrapping up one of its largest projects, the Natural Resource Investment Program (NRIP). The NRIP project has focused on repairing wetlands and riparian zones and improving grazing practices on a total of forty sites to produce positive on-ground outcomes for natural resources. NRIP has also supported the Paddock to Reef program and given BMRG the ability to conduct regional coordination and evaluation on regional practices. Many thanks to all partners who have helped deliver this project: Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Noosa and District Landcare, Burnett Catchment Care Association, Gympie & District Landcare, the Queensland Government's Department of Resources and the landholders that have participated. 
Read more about NRIP here.
Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot
Historical clearing of vegetation on farmlands throughout the Burnett Mary region has transformed the landscape from wooded areas to grassland, reducing biodiversity and species abundance in flora and fauna communities. To combat this, the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot was announced in 2021. The Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot has been trialing a market-based mechanism for farmers to provide biodiversity and carbon abatement services by establishing biodiverse environmental plantings, which can in turn be capitalised on by farmers to provide economic incentive to improve their on-farm biodiversity. The objective of this project is to create a credible market mechanism that improves biodiversity and climate outcomes and creates new income opportunities for farmers.
Read about the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot here.
Fox Control Begins at Wreck Rock
Humane fox control work will begin in the Wreck Rock area of Deepwater National Park on 18 July through to 19 August. This is part of the Queensland Government’s Nest to Ocean program with BMRG and a commitment to protect our local turtles by reducing invasive predator numbers. Please be mindful of this work during these dates if you live in the local areas or will be camping near Wreck Rock.
For all enquiries, contact
projects@bmrg.org.au
Biosecurity Alert: Varroa Mite
The movement of bees and beehives from New South Wales and Queensland has been restricted to prevent the varroa mite, a parasite that attaches itself to Asian and European honeybees, from coming into Queensland after the mite was detected in the Port of Newcastle. While movement of bees can continue within Queensland, Biosecurity Queensland is urging beekeepers to monitor for signs of the mite and to report any suspicious cases immediately.  
Read the full story here.
Prioritisation Workshops a Huge Success
This year's Community Prioritisation Workshops were a huge success. Our stakeholders, partners, friends and local communities came together over two days to provide input and perspective on where new project work should be undertaken this new financial year. A big thank you to all who attended and helped to make these two days a success.
Read more about our current projects here
In case you missed it
Celebrating NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week has events and celebrations throughout this whole week in Bundaberg to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!
Site Showcase a Success
BMRG recently showcased sites funded through our NRIP program to the Queensland Government's Department of Resources Regional Liaisons Officers. This project has worked to revegetate and repair streambanks and improve land management along the rivers. Our visitors witnessed how revegetated sites increased connectivity between two established corridors of riparian vegetation on Coles Creek.
2022 Reef Champion Award entries now open
The Reef Champion Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations working to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. Entries close on 12 July.
Grant Funding Available for Sheep and Goat Graziers
Funding is available for agribusinesses utilising sheep and goats. This funding is to support economic development in rural areas working within the sheep and goat meat industry.
Pest Eradication in July
Humane fox control work will contnue in the Moore Park area and along the mouth of the Burnett River until 13 July. This is part of the Queensland Government’s Nest to Ocean program with BMRG. Please be mindful of this work during these dates if you live in the local areas.
Tiaro Field Day Coming Up
The annual Tiaro Field Day will be held on 23 July. BMRG is excited to have a stall where we’ll talk about our projects and the work we’re doing in the region. Be sure to drop by and see us!