Natural resources investment program
The Queensland Government is investing more than $61 million between 2018 and 2022 to ensure the state’s natural land and water resources are sustainably managed. This includes dedicated funds for Great Barrier Reef catchments.
The Natural Resources Investment Program (NRIP) funding acknowledges the important role that the natural resource management bodies and the community play in repairing and improving Queensland’s unique assets for future generations.
The funding targets projects that will produce on ground, natural resource outcomes as measured by consistent statewide monitoring methodologies and performance indicators. Outcomes include the sustainable management of our natural resources including land, water, vegetation and reef water quality.
The program works under a natural resource management (NRM) asset framework with these priorities and principles (PDF, 139.8KB) .
Projects currently funded by the program
Projects of up to 4 years that demonstrate a contribution to the program priority outcomes include the following categories.
Land: Building stable and resilient landscapes
- Health and stability of soil
- Condition and extent of native woody and non-woody vegetation
Water: Achieving sustainable use and management of water
- Quality and flow of surface water overland and in-stream (including reef water quality)
- Quality and level of groundwater
People and communities: Facilitating effective regional management and stewardship
- NRM capacity (knowledge and skills)
- NRM aspirations and attitudes (awareness and engagement)
Science and knowledge: Understanding the state of NRM assets and effectiveness of interventions
- NRM asset monitoring and analysis
- Project/program evaluation and outcome reporting
Projects funded under this component and undertaken by regional delivery organisations will deliver landscape outcomes focusing on areas at risk of land or water degradation.
Reef water quality
Projects are specifically aimed at:
- reducing the amount of sediment flowing to the Great Barrier Reef from high priority catchments
- targeted landscape repair with activities including:
- gully, streambank and wetland repair, revegetation and restoration
- practice change to improve soil management and groundcover management.
Activities are aligned with achieving the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan targets.
Paddock to Reef
Targeted projects focused on continuing the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program specific to the regional delivery organisations based in the reef catchments.
Activities include data collection, management and reporting, regional liaison and regional communications.
Projects are aimed at developing new and more efficient processes, technologies, activities and/or tools to deliver landscape outcomes focusing on land or water degradation.
Regional coordination and evaluation
Projects aim to develop the monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement capacity to all regional delivery organisations ensuring consistency in the delivery of NRM outcomes.
Activities undertaken include:
- consistent measurement of the impact projects have had on the natural resource asset
- consistent capture, collation and management of data across NRIP projects
- building and maintaining strategic partnerships with stakeholders to share knowledge and gain efficiencies
- retaining and building organisational capacity through training and developing processes for sharing learnings across projects.
Farm water futures funding
The Farm Water Futures Program is a component of the Natural Resource Investment Program 2018-2022. It follows on from the former Rural Water Use Efficiency - Irrigation Futures program 2013-2018.
The Queensland Government is providing funding over 3 years to enable Queensland’s key irrigator groups to access advice and support on addressing the challenge of water efficiency.
The program supports:
- partnerships with industry and its member organisations to deliver one-on-one water efficiency support and advice to farmers
- on-ground adoption of rural water use efficient activities, while working towards a self-sufficient funding model over the 3-year period.
The industry bodies who have been funded for the program are:
- Cotton Australia
- Growcom Australia
- Flowers Association of Queensland
- Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland
- Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation.
Upcoming rounds of funding
Funding has been fully allocated until 2022.
For more information, or to register for updates, please email email@example.com.
- The Queensland Government’s Natural Resources Investment Program 2018-22: Annual report 2019-20 presents the key achievements of the second year of the Natural Resources Investment Program 2018-22. In addition to reviewing key achievements, the report highlights selected innovations and adaptations made in response to a range of challenges including the global pandemic.
- Read the final report for the Natural Resource Management Investment Program 2012-2018 (PDF, 5.7MB).
- Download earlier reports from our library collection.
- For further information about projects funded under the previous programs, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.