BMRG welcomed the potential greater positive impacts on the Great Barrier Reef that will be made possible through the Australian Government’s $1 billion additional funding over nine years announced last week. BMRG and its consortium partners have already delivered significant work to improve water quality in the region. Expanding this work would go a long way to achieving the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan, and broader benefits for the Burnett Mary region.
Find out more about the work underway and the announcement.
Grazing resilience
The Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) program is supporting graziers in the reef catchments of Burdekin, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions to improve poor or degraded land. Participating graziers have access to a range of resources and assistance. Our project officers recently visited property owners who have been keen to get involved with the project. The owners of this stunning property at Glastonbury are resting paddocks and allowing the land to recover, a great example of sustainable agriculture.
Find out more about the benefits of participating.
RCS Grazing Clinic
The RCS Grazing Clinic is a practical hands-on workshop that gives you the skills and knowledge to develop and implement strategies for profitable property planning and overall improved grazing management. In Murgon 5–7 April, the two-and-a-half-day clinic could help you improve your grass yield, reintegrate livestock into your cropping, and better manage your entire grazing system. The event is supported by Burnett Mary Regional Group, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Enroll or find out more or call 1800 356 004.
Fox control work underway
Fox control work along the Woongarra Coast began this week as part of the Nest to Ocean turtle protection program. The introduced European red fox is one of the most destructive feral predators in the region posing significant threat to native wildlife.
Contact us if you have any questions
Upcoming events
It’s already February! The calendar is filling quickly with valuable workshops, field days and other events. Find out more about relevant events near you in the next few months and book early to avoid missing out.
Local wetland impact
BMRG acknowledged the vital support of landowners, partners and volunteers to work to protect and restore the ecological character of local wetlands on World Wetlands Day 2 February. Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, wetlands are being lost three times faster than forests. Find out more about our work in the Ramsar-listed Great Sandy Strait.
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In case you missed it
Fire Ant Locations
Find out if there are fire ants near you, and if you need to take action. The National Fire Ant Eradication Program map shows all recorded fire ant locations in Southeast Queensland from the last 12 months, including those already treated.
Find out if fire ants are near you.
Calling all frog fans
The Find a Frog in February citizen science program is asking everyone in the Mary River catchment area to record and submit their frog sightings. Every record supports better management of the environment and frog protection into the future.
Get involved in the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee project.
New CRATER website
The Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, Training, Education, and Research (CRATER) has a new website where you will find all the information on workshops, documentaries, local wildlife, scientific research, and new projects.