Cape York Healthy Country: Improving the quality of water entering the GBR lagoon.


This investment comprises of 2 focused projects to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Lagoon. Project 1 Grazing: This project delivers an integrated planning, training, extension and a recipient run grants program across Cape York GBR Catchments. Delivery in 2013-16 has a primary focus on grazing properties, identified through the Reef Rescue R&D program as being the main contributors of suspended sediment to the GBR lagoon. It delivers one-on-one location and industry specific technical support to landholders to enable them to develop prioritised risk assessments regarding land management practices. It also trials a range of management practices recommended by researchers and makes use of voluntary land management agreements to ensure long-term adoption of practice changes.Project 2: Horticulture. Cape York Sustainable Futures and Growcom will deliver their full Farm Management System (FMS). FMS includes a water Quality module and incorporates comprehensive property planning, which will be offered to Cape York farmers and delivered to 10 key growers. FMS identifies, implements and records changes to management practices that affect water quality outcomes. Growcom FMS education and training modules integrate with extension activities such as on farm risk assessments enabling growers to develop action plans, access relevant resources and benchmark progress. The FMS also enables growers to prioritise activities at a number of scales to improve practices, supports data collection for benchmarking against industry standards and reporting of practice change.

This project was developed for the colection of Electromagnetic mapping, elevation data on 300 hectares of land in the Cape York Region that had been designated for high intensity agriculural use.

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This project contributes to improvement to water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef by enabling landholders on priority grazing properties in the Laura-Normanby catchments of Cape York to tackle high risk issues impacting water quality in the GBR Lagoon.

The Normanby River is the fourth largest river system flowing into the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon, and the largest on Cape York. Grazing is the most extensive land use in the catchment, with low density grazing occurring across the majority of the catchment.