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Natural Resource Management Investment Program

The State has allocated $80 million to the regional natural resource management investment program over 5 years from 2013 to 2018, including $30 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

The Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program progress report 2016 (PDF, 4MB) outlines the key achievements of the investment program from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016.

The majority of the funding is being provided to support strategic projects delivered through Queensland's regional natural resource management (NRM) bodies. These organisations provide an important link between governments and communities. They also work collaboratively with volunteer and grass-roots organisations (e.g. Landcare), rural industry groups and landholders.

Regional NRM body projects

These funded projects implement activities that protect, improve and restore waterways and rangelands by improving soil, vegetation and water quality at a river catchment or landscape scale, and addressing priority weeds and pests.

Timeline of NRM Investment in Queensland – 1990 to 2020

Timeline showing NRM Investment in Queensland between 1990 and 2020. Refer to long description below image.

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The first 4 years of the regional NRM program (2013-2017) have now been completed.

This ongoing program complements Australian Government NRM funds delivered in Queensland.

This timeline provides an overview of the previous and current State and Australian Government funding.

  • 1992
    • National Landcare Program, $30 million over 15 years
  • 1997
    • Natural Heritage Trust 1, $187 million over 4 years
  • 2002      
    • National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, $160 million over 7 years
  • 2004
    • Natural Heritage Trust Extension, $159 million over 5 years
  • 2008
    • Caring for our Country, $118 million over 5 years
    • Reef Rescue, $63 million over 10 years
    • Q2 Coasts and Country, $86 million over 5 years
    • 2010
    • National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements: Acute Riparian, Flood Plain, Coastal and Farm Clean up works package, $8 million over 2 years
  • 2013
    • National Landcare Programme - $100 million over 5 years
    • Natural Resource Management Regional Investment program, $80 million over 5 years
    • Disaster Recovery, $15 million over 2 years
    • Drought assistance, $25.8 million over 3 years
  • 2014
    • Nest to Ocean, $7 million over 4 years
  • 2016
    • Feral Pest Initiative, $25 million over 3 years
    • DAF Drought Recovery, $1 million
  • 2018
    • Natural Resources Investment Program, $42 million over 4 years

State strategic projects

As well as supporting regional NRM body projects, the Queensland regional investment program funds state strategic projects. Funding is distributed largely through state agencies, to assist program administration and provide necessary support over the five years 2013 to 2018.

To date, eight projects have been funded to improve water the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. These include:

  • spatial and scientific information management
  • catchment loads monitoring and catchment modelling
  • ground cover and riparian monitoring and reporting
  • wetland extent mapping
  • Queensland wetlands program critical support
  • grazing and horticulture best management practice
  • ReefBlitz event to promote citizen science and ecotourism opportunities in the Great Barrier Reef
  • training, extension and resources on wetlands in agriculture.

Other state strategic projects include:

  • funding to Queensland Water and Land Carers to support community and Landcare groups
  • funding to Rockhampton City Council for ex-tropical cyclone Marcia flood- recovery activities
  • funding to AgForce to undertake coal seam gas and agricultural land workshops and field days.

Additional funding through Healthy Land and Water has been allocated for riparian restoration to mitigate erosion risk in several creek catchments in the greater Brisbane area.

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Last updated
4 October 2017
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