A five-year investment plan has been developed which aims to address the three priority pollutants: dissolved inorganic nitrogen, fine sediments, and pesticides. Funding has been allocated across five separate work streams.
1. Water Quality Improvement Grant stage one ($19.7m)
Eleven projects were awarded to maintain/build on-ground delivery capacity throughout regional Queensland. These projects were contracted in early 2019 and are currently being implemented. To find out more about these projects, see at the bottom of the page.
2. Regionally focussed on-ground actions ($141.1m)
Funding will directly reduce nitrogen, sediment and pesticide loads from priority catchments through a series of regional water quality improvement programs. Target pollution load reductions have been set for each catchment, and regional programs and associated projects will need to demonstrate how they will contribute towards these targets. Funding at the catchment scale is shown in the map below.
The first of the regional programs to be established will be the Mackay-Whitsunday Water Quality Program and the Fitzroy Water Quality Program.
Engagement of organisations for all three roles in all regions will be via open, competitive processes. Follow this link know more about the current open call for Mackay-Whitsunday and Fitzroy.