Grants Help Graziers

Jul 30, 2012 | , ,

Local graziers benefit from Reef Rescue water quality improvement grants. The Muller family constructed 6.5 km of land type fencing and off-stream watering points on their Proserpine property using Reef Rescue funding over the last two years. These additions help the Mullers to better manage their cattle over varying land types, wet conditions and disease outbreaks.

For Mr Ken Muller the benefits of the land type fencing program go further than just being able to properly spell blocks, improve pasture condition and reduce sediment loss.

“The fencing also makes it much easier to control tick outbreaks and intestinal worms in my cattle, which leads to reduced chemical requirements, improved cattle management and a higher return on investment,” said Mr Muller.

Ken, Larry and Snow Muller own and manage the 5250 ha property, Mt Pluto Station, in the Proserpine foothills below the Proserpine Dam. They have been Reef Rescue graziers since 2010.

Any grazier in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region can apply for Reef Rescue grants, which are cash incentives of up to 50% of the total cost of implementing an eligible Reef Rescue water quality improvement activity.

Funding can be used for pasture management, riparian fencing, off-stream watering points, and land management, gully management, nutrient and chemical management, pasture rehabilitation.

It only takes a phone call for graziers to begin improving pasture management, nutrient loads or run-off. To apply, complete and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by 1 October 2012.