Reef Catchments Grazing Programme provides financial assistance and support to the graziers of the Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac regions. The primary focus of the programme is to assist graziers in the implementation of grazing practices that benefit both the landscape and improves the long-term viability of the grazier’s farm as a more efficient agricultural operation. The programme is strongly focused on increasing the adoption of targeted grazing activities, leading to a reduction in sediment and nutrients entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. It is delivered by Reef Catchments through funding from the Queensland and Federal governments.
Graziers in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region face unique challenges as beef producers in a coastal and Central Queensland climate. By land use, in the MWI area, grazing accounts for 42 percent of the region.
Grazing remains an important and valuable industry, with opportunity and potential to improve and grow more sustainable efficiencies.
Opportunities exist for landholders to receive support, funding and resources through the Queensland Government’s Natural Resource Investment Program for grazing projects related to:
• Riparian fencing and off-stream watering points
• Riparian revegetation and rehabilitation
• Pasture renovation
• Gully remediation and erosion control
• Property planning
Eligible landholders can receive incentives of up to 40 percent of the total cost of implementing an approved activity, to a maximum of $10,000 per landholder.
To be eligible, the landholder must be considered a grazing business as per the criteria listed by the Australian Taxation Office.
Further information about the programme. To find out more about how you can be involved, please contact Mandy.
Position: Project Officer – Grazing Systems
Ph: (07) 4968 4234
M: 0407 171 046
E: Mandy Jeppesen
Position: Project Officer – Sustainable Agriculture
Ph: (07) 4968 4226
M: 0408 904 036
E: Tegan McBride