Major Grants

Major Grants - Incentives for Growers within the target catchments in adopting practice change that will benefit both their farming operations and water quality outcomes.


The Mackay Whitsunday Water Quality Program (MWWQP) is part of the larger Reef Trust Partnership Water Quality Program between the Australian Government and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

This four-year program aims to achieve an enduring reduction in the long-term end of catchment pesticide and dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) loads from the priority Plane Creek, Pioneer River, Proserpine and O’Connell catchments, and improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

This support is provided by a pool of major grant funds that are made available for growers working with MWWQP delivery providers, and those that are not engaged in the program but are Best Management Practice (BMP) accredited.

The Major Grants project has funded 76 projects for growers in the region. The program is on track to achieve an enduring reduction in pesticide risk toxicity and Dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) loads from the Mackay and Whitsunday region.


Examples of funded equipment

  1. Sub-surface nutrient applicators
  2. Stool splitter
  3. Equipment for improved placement of grub control:
    • Legume planter
    • Variable rate and GPS systems

Applications for the Major Grants Program have now closed.


Case Studies


Delivery Providers and Productivity Board

Partner Logos: Maps, Farmacist, Liquaforce, Plane Creek Productivity Servies

Project contacts