Reef Assist

The $10 million Reef Assist program will deliver priority environmental projects and create up to 200 nature-based jobs for unemployed and underemployed Queenslanders in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay Whitsunday Great Barrier Reef catchment areas.

The cities of Mackay, Townsville and Cairns have been identified as priority areas that have been badly impacted by a loss of visitors as a result of COVID-19.

This jobs-rich conservation and land management program will provide socially and environmentally beneficial work while also leaving enduring benefits for regional communities, businesses and landscapes.

Projects, which will receive funding through the program, are likely to include practical, on-ground land management work such as streambank rehabilitation, tree planting, pest and weed control, and landscaping.

Councils and organisations, such as natural resource management bodies and other organisations that have a proven track record of delivering on-ground projects in these areas, are invited to identify potential projects. They can partner with other organisations, such as Landcare groups, nature refuge landholders, industry groups, Indigenous organisations and River Improvement Trusts, to identify and deliver projects.

Program partners will engage local workers and contractors once the successful projects have been selected.

Applications close at 2:00pm on Friday 7 August 2020.

Eligible organisations

  • Terrain Natural Resource Management
  • NQ Dry Tropics
  • Reef Catchments
  • Councils within the Mackay Whitsunday, Burdekin and Wet Tropics regions
  • Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Groups within the Mackay Whitsunday, Burdekin and Wet Tropics regions
  • Greening Australia
  • Jaragun Pty Ltd
  • Bush Heritage Australia
  • Wet Tropics Management Authority

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