Natural Resource Management Investment Program
The State has allocated $80 million to the regional natural resource management investment program over five years from 2013 to 2018, including $30 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
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
- Burnett Mary Regional Group
- Cape York Natural Resource Management
- Condamine Alliance
- Desert Channels Queensland
- Fitzroy Basin Association
- Healthy Waterways and Catchments
- Northern Gulf Resource Management Group
- NQ Dry Tropics
- Queensland Murray–Darling Committee
- Reef Catchments
- South West NRM
- Southern Gulf NRM
- Terrain NRM
- Torres Strait Regional Authority
Funded projects implement on-ground activities that protect, improve and restore waterways and rangelands by addressing weeds and pests. They also improve soil, vegetation and water quality at a river catchment or other landscape level.
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 assist with administrative costs and undertaking their advocacy role
- Funding to Rockhampton City Council for ex-tropical cyclone Marcia flood- recovery activities
- Funding to Agforward undertake coal seam gas and agricultural land workshops and field days.
Additional funding through Healthy Waterways and Catchments has been allocated for riparian restoration to mitigate erosion risk in several creek catchments in the greater Brisbane area.