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BMRG is hosting a free field day at the Kolan River rehabilitation site for the Discovery Coast Project on Tuesday 31 May 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm. The field day is open to the general public and attendees will enjoy a site walk-through and presentations from groups involved in the project, followed by a Q&A session and refreshments. The Discovery Coast Project kicked off in September 2020 and is funded by The Australian Government’s Reef Trust. It combines the latest ecological science with the knowledge and experience of Traditional Owners via the Discovery Coast Consortium of Burnett Mary Regional Group, CQU’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC), Gidarjil Development Corporation, Alluvium Consulting, and LESS Industries.
Register here.
AgTech Roadmap calls for input
The Department and Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is building a future AgTech roadmap. An AgTech Roadmap will lead and shape Queensland’s strategic direction for AgTech development and accelerate the uptake of tech use from the farm to the plate and beyond.
Have your say on the AgTech Roadmap here.
If you’d like to know more about the future of AgTech and provide your input to where the future lies with tech in agriculture, be sure to check out the AgTech Roadmap on the DAF site: https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/agtech/roadmap
Save the date – Community Project Prioritisation workshops
BMRG will hold community led NRM Project Prioritisation workshops for the Burnett Mary region in June. Save the date for Hervey Bay on 29 June 2022 or Gin Gin on 30 June 2022. Celebrate regional successes and discuss priority areas for collaboration and local natural resource management projects over the next year. Keep an eye on the BMRG Bulletin and social channels for further information in the coming weeks.
Important turtle monitoring continues
A loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtle was photographed at one of our local beaches by a dedicated turtle monitoring volunteer as she returned to the ocean at sunrise after safely laying a clutch of eggs. This species is listed as endangered under the EPBC Act, and BMRG supports the marine turtle monitoring conducted by turtle volunteers to better understand nesting numbers. The Protecting Saltmarsh and Marine Turtle Monitoring project is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program
Read more about BMRG’s protecting Saltmarsh and Marine Turtle Monitoring project here.
Natural Sequence Farming Workshops
Tarwyn Park Training is running a 4-day course to help you read your landscape, rehydrate your farm and maximise productivity through natural sequence farming. The course is supported by BMRG through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Click here for further information and to register for the event.
Mary River Recovery Consortium Doing Good Work
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation recently published an article telling the story of a local farmer who was connected to resources by the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee that saved his land from serious erosion. This is part of the work that the Mary River Recovery Consortium is doing which, led by BMRG and joined by MRCCC and Alluvium Consulting, seeks to manage and deliver the Mary River Recovery Project.
Read the article here.
In case you missed it
Disaster Recovery Assistance Updates for Primary Producers
Grants of up to $75k are available for recovery efforts for producers affected by recent floods. Applicants must be a primary producer within a declared disaster area and need to provide photos of direct damage to their property.
New Qld Drought Assistance Roadshow
DAF and QRIDA are hosting a roadshow event for landowners on 4 May at Bundaberg TAFE. Guests will learn about the new preparedness grants, loans and help for Farm Business Resilience Plans, and receive a seasonal climate forecast update and time to speak directly with drought representatives. 
Feral Pig Control for the Bulburin National Park bushfire recovery
BMRG staff recently prepared a case study on feral pig control, outlining the destructive behaviour of feral pigs and its impact on threatened species within the Bulburin National Park. BMRG sampled the population of feral pigs, selected a control site, and conducted control activity. 22 feral pigs were captured, the work was completed, and awareness has been increased about the problems posed by feral pigs.
Positive reception at the 2022 Regional Integrated Science Forum
The 2022 Regional Integrated Science Forum in late April was met with great positive feedback. The forum delivered information on the Paddock to Reef project work and outcomes and featured several expert panellists from across the region. Thanks to all who attended and presented.
Living and Productive Soils Symposium a success
The Living and Productive Soils Symposium and bus tour was a great success! Attendees were taken to two special spots: Green Solutions Compost Facility, where attendees learnt how their compost is made and the benefits it can provide to soil, and Chapman Ag properties to see first-hand the regenerative agriculture practices being implemented in the sugar industry.
BMRG shines at the 2022 Monto Show
BMRG recently hosted a stall at the 2022 Monto Show. It was great to be able to have conversations about our work in-region with Monto locals. Our special thanks go to the Monto & District Show Society for having us.