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A new BMRG project will assess the impact of the devastating 2019/20 fires on the unique wetlands in the K'gari World Heritage Site and the adjacent Great Sandy Strait Ramsar sites. BMRG is partnering with Griffith University, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of Environment and Science, Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation, and Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (Heritage Branch) to deliver this project, funded under the Commonwealth's Regional Land Partnerships program represented by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
Find out more.
Disaster Assistance Activated
Financial assistance has now been activated for primary producers affected by the February 2022 rainfall event across 17 Local Government Areas. Grant applications are administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority. For more details or to apply visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au/primary-producers or free call 1800 623 946. BMRG still encourages impacted primary producers to fill out the online natural disaster impact survey as the Queensland Government will keep monitoring impacts associated with this event to activate additional assistance if and as required.
Expert speaker joins line-up
Greg Ellet will share valuable knowledge at the Regional Integrated Science Forum in April. Greg is an Ecologist and Civil Engineer with a passion for natural sciences and over 20 years’ experience specialising in waterway management, stream rehabilitation and ecological assessments. He has worked in the mining industry in assessment, design, rehabilitation, and monitoring of stream diversions and subsidence impacts in Queensland and NSW. Greg has worked on design of urban and rural stream rehabilitation including stream naturalisation, grade control, bank stabilisation, modification of structures to improve fish passage, and vegetation surveys and revegetation plans.
Register now.
Regenerative Agriculture Workshop
CRATER is hosting a free Smart Farms workshop 22 April. This one-day workshop will provide information from regional experts on regenerative agriculture focusing on vegetation, soil health, and water quality. Anyone with an interest in regenerative agriculture is welcome.
Register now.
Biosecurity alert
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has issued Japanese encephalitis advice for horse owners. The virus has been confirmed in a piggery in southern Queensland. The virus is a notifiable disease spread by mosquitos and can infect people. Be alert to the signs most common in horses and pigs: elevated temperature, jaundice, lethargy, anorexia, and neurological signs. Horses do not carry a blood infection that will reinfect mosquitos.
Find out more about prevention and what to do if you suspect your horse has the disease.
RCS Grazing Clinic
The RCS Grazing Clinic will give you the skills and knowledge to develop and implement strategies for profitable land and grazing management. Learn how to improve your grass yield, reintegrate livestock into your cropping, and better manage your entire grazing system. Murgon, 5-7 April, special rate of $350pp to attend (standard price $1,650pp)
Book now.
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In case you missed it
Burnett Mary region floods: Landowners who sustained damage from recent extreme weather and flooding can provide input to BMRG’s submission calling for disaster funding to support the costs of repair. Compile details of damage to your property and send your completed submission to admin@bmrg.org.au 
Please note we cannot guarantee funding, landowners should continue to pursue any other avenues for support.
The Australian Government released the National Landcare Program Phase Two review report which shows positive outcomes for Australia’s environment and national resources while supporting the agricultural sector.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries warns of Erlichiosis a new potentially fatal tick-borne dog disease in Queensland.