Natural Resource Investment Program 2018-2022

The Queensland Government’s new 4-year Natural Resources Investment Program commenced on 1 July 2018, with more than $61 million committed to ensure the state’s natural land and water resources are sustainably managed.

In the first round of funding, all Queensland natural resource management regional bodies successfully bid for up to $27 million in funding to sustain natural resources and improve reef water quality across the state. See the list below for projects that received support.

The program works under a natural resource management asset framework with these priorities and principles (PDF, 139.8KB).

Projects receiving support in the first round of funding

Regional body


North Queensland Dry Tropics

Linking Burdekin landholders to their frontage country for vegetation, soil and water quality gains

Cape York Natural Resource Management

Improving native vegetation and soil condition of grazing lands within the joint management area

Healthy Land and Water

Improving adoption of best practice to improve soil health, land condition, water quality, through grazing best management practice in South East Queensland

Reef Catchments

Improving the relative ecological condition of freshwater streams and wetlands in the Mackay Whitsunday region

Torres Strait Regional Authority

Natural resource management, engagement and education in the Torres Strait region

Terrain Natural Resource Management

Mossman integrated catchment repair project: building landscape resilience with farmers, for farmers

Terrain Natural Resource Management

Many hands make light work - Wet Tropics partnerships for improving native vegetation condition

North Queensland Dry Tropics

Reducing fine sediments by maintaining and restoring Burdekin stream banks and coastal wetlands

Cape York Natural Resource Management

Springvale Station West Normanby Distal Gully Demonstration Site - Normanby Basin

Reef Catchments

Addressing priority sub-catchment water quality targets through grazing management interventions

Terrain Natural Resource Management

Upper Johnstone integrated project - improving reef water quality by reducing sediment loss

Burnett Mary Regional Group

Burnett Mary streambank and wetland recovery for reef water quality

State Council of River Trusts Queensland

Facilitate coordination and riparian works by river improvement trusts across the state

Queensland Water and Land Carers

Support their volunteer base in undertaking important initiatives across the state

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.