2021’s Annual General Meeting a Success
This past Friday was BMRG's Annual General Meeting, which was met with high attendance and great success. Guests received the most up-to-date information about the progress BMRG has made over the last 12 months in the deliverance of natural resource management projects, engagements with the community.
Click here to access the Annual Report for 2021
Turtles are around all Day and Night!
Bundaberg turtle volunteers were pleasantly surprised when a mother loggerhead came up to the dunes to lay her eggs right in the middle of the day. As turtle season approaches its peak time, more and more of these marine reptiles are nesting on local beaches. It’s important to always minimise your use of artificial light near the beaches, including headlights and flashlights from phones, and only walk your dogs in permitted areas.
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GRASS Program EOI for Landholders – few places left
We have some places left in the Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) program and are looking for interested landholders in the region to get involved. GRASS focuses on assisting landholders to achieve best management practices. It provides landholders with an opportunity for one-on-one tailored support to develop Action Plans for Land Management to address areas of land in poor or degraded condition.
Email us here for more information
Reef Protection Regulations
The Queensland Government’s Reef protection regulations were put in place on Wednesday (1 December), with new requirements for grazing in the Fitzroy and sugarcane nutrient management across the Burnett Mary, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Cape York, and Mackay Whitsundays. Keep an eye out for BMRG’s ‘Reef Regulation Evenings’ to support the implementation of these changes in the new year!
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Be Flood-Ready this Summer
In recent weeks, our thirsty rivers and dry countryside have been blessed with much-needed rainfall. The Bureau of Meteorology has declared a La Nina event, which is typically accompanied by higher-than-average rainfall throughout the region. Despite the good news for plants, crops, and farms, this also means we must be prepared for flooding events this summer.
Check the BOM website for the most recent updates or for flood preparation tips.
Weed awareness in 2022!
This past year, Biosecurity Queensland were notified of more than 60 species of invasive plant throughout the state. With the help of the local communities and councils, Biosecurity Queensland has been controlling these weeds and keeping their population densities under wraps. Let’s keep up this good work in 2022!
Be sure to report all invasive weed sightings or if you have any questions, please email us here
In case you missed it
Discovery Coast On-Ground Works Underway
BMRG was extremely excited to feature on a segment with Bundaberg Now about the excellent work being done within the Discovery Coast project! Restoration of the Kolan River is continuing to progress well, and the Discovery Coast Habitat Restoration Consortium meeting was recently held to evaluate the progress being made toward reducing the fine sediment loads being dumped onto the Great Barrier Reef through erosion processes at sites like the Kolan.
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Be Prepared with New Climate Outlook Maps
As part of the Drought and Climate Adaptation Program, the Bureau of Meteorology has a new service available: extreme climate outlook maps. Effectively monitor your local area for the latest information on extreme climatic conditions. You will be able to watch for the predictions of weather conditions and temperature changes over the coming weeks, months, and seasons, and the likelihood that your area will be affected.
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It's not too late to get involved in Movember
We’re getting toward the end of Movember, when we shave our mo’s and partake in Move for Movember to raise awareness and funds toward research into prostate and testicular cancer, and towards projects aimed to improve the stats on men’s mental health. It’s not too late to get involved! Sign up today, or visit the BMRG page to help a bro out!
Please donate to support men's health, or click here for more information about our Movember team
Reducing Feral Pests Reduces Emissions
Research at the Centre for Invasive Species has determined that destruction of native vegetation by feral herbivores such as rabbits and goats is contributing to Australia’s emissions. Extensive loss of vegetation, which works as a carbon sink, by these pests is contributing to the release of this carbon. Controlling the numbers of these herbivores can therefore reduce Australia's emissions.
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