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Natural Resource Management Investment Program

The Queensland Government’s new four-year natural resources investment program started in 2018, with more than $61 million committed to ensure the state’s natural land and water resources are sustainably managed. Find out more about the Natural Resources Investment Program 2018-2022.

The state 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. All funding rounds for this program have closed.

The Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program progress report 2017 (PDF, 3.95MB) outlines the key achievements of the investment program from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. You can download earlier reports from our library collection.

The majority of funding has been 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 projects (funded from 2013 to 2018) 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.

State strategic projects

As well as supporting regional NRM body projects, the Queensland regional investment program has funded strategic projects. Funding was distributed largely through state agencies, to assist program administration and provide necessary support over the 5 years 2013 to 2018.

Through the program, 8 projects were funded to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef. These were:

  • 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.

We have also given additional strategic project funding to Queensland Water and Land Carers, which supports community and Landcare groups.