Over $19 million will be provided to eleven projects under the Water Quality Improvement Grant: Stage 1. These projects will see gullies restored, on-ground action with cane farmers and graziers to reduce run-off of the highest priority pollutants (sediments, nutrients and pesticides) in the highest priority Reef catchments and training opportunities for early career agricultural experts (extension officers) boosted.
The Reef Trust Partnership includes $201 million to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef over six years. This first round of investment will focus on water quality projects that maintain or develop capacity and seek to build on existing programs with proven beneficial outcomes. Future funding rounds will provide opportunities to explore innovative approaches.
The projects are being delivered in partnership with landholders and industry who plan to contribute a projected $13m of in-kind co-contributions.
The eleven projects are located throughout regional Queensland.
Find out more in the Media Release.
Climate change is the number one threat to coral reefs. But the science is clear: coral reefs need action both at the local and global level. Improving water quality is a critical and practical pathway at a local level to improve Reef health.Professor Peter Mumby, GBRF Chief Scientist