Using land sustainably
We work with primary producers to implement best management practices that promote productivity through sustainability for long-term industry growth.
- Reef Water Quality Protection Plan—aims to stop and reverse low-quality water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.
- Land management—detailed information on soil maintenance and erosion minimisation.
- Sustainable farming—various resources, programs and initiatives to assist with sustainabe farming practices
- Extension services in reef catchments—supporting growers and graziers to adopt better business and farming practices within reef catchments.
- Water quality & water use—reducing salinity and ensuring sufficient water is available for everyone.
- Climate—forecasting future weather events and its impact on crop production.
Land for crops
Our best cropping land is called strategic cropping land (SCL). We are committed to protecting such land from any development that will have an adverse impact on its productive capacity.
Currently, the state's SCL resources are subject to a range of competing land-use activities, including agriculture, mining and urban development. Some of these activities can permanently impact this land, making it unavailable for cropping.
We are working to strike a balance between the agriculture, mining and urban development sectors through an improved Statutory Regional Planning process and the SCL legislation. This work will help maintain the long-term viability of our food and fibre industries, and support economic growth for regional communities by ensuring good quality land is made available for farming.