Jayson Dowie: [00:00:00]
Everybody is putting in a really great effort to, you know, maintain production improve yields and be environmentally aware and look after what we've got with the Great Barrier Reef.
Dr Sven Uthicke: [00:00:14]
Nutrients or nutrient run-off can have various impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Amongst those are the potential of increasing crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks. Crown-of-thorns are a natural part of the reef. However on the Barrier Reef and many other reefs worldwide, these episodically break out. They eat too many corals so the corals can't recover. That's specifically bad during stress events like the current bleachings we have.
Jayson Dowie: [00:42]
It's all about understanding this. We work with the growers to understand it and if we understand it correctly then, you know, we keep the Reef as resilient as possible because we are keeping all of our fertiliser on the farm. We've saved about 82 tonnes of nitrogen over the four and a half thousand hectares in the project for the first year growers alone. It's a journey between us and the growers.
John Quagliata: [00:1:07]
Having projects like what Jason and Heidi are in it’s educated me and I've been growing cane for a long time. We've always gone to the Reef because it is a natural wonder and it's just beautiful. And I want it to be there for my grandchildren for their kids to enjoy. This plan that we're under, I reckon it's a great way and the more people that take it on board the better it's going to be.
Charles Quagliata: [00:1:28]
Our main aim is to get the plant to use exactly what it needs.
John Quagliata: [00:1:32]
And no waste.
Charles Quagliata: [00:1:33]
Putting the right rate on. Better in our pocket. Better for the Reef. Better for everything.
Jayson Dowie: [00:1:38]
Together we can sort of figure out a really good way forward on how to optimise their production while reducing their input costs. Therefore it's more sustainable, the community benefits, the environment benefits, the grower benefits, it's a win-win for everybody.