Bowen, Broken, Bogie Water Quality Program

The Bowen Broken Bogie (BBB) Water Quality Program aims to prevent 105,100 tonnes of fine sediment entering the Reef every year.

The Burdekin River Basin is the highest priority for reducing fine sediment entering the Reef under the Reef 2050 Plan. Within the basin, the Bowen, Broken and Bogie catchments are the dominant source of fine sediment and particulate nitrogen.

The BBB catchment covers an area of 11,718 square kilometres, which is 8.3% of the Burdekin River Basin. The majority of the BBB catchment is Birriah Country and, to a lesser extent, inclusive of Juru, Widi, and Jangga country.  

The Reef Trust Partnership has budgeted $24.7m total to the Bowen, Broken and Bogie Water Quality Program. The primary objective of the BBB Water Quality Program is to achieve an enduring end-of-catchment reduction of 105,100 tonnes in fine sediment entering the Great Barrier Reef from the Bowen, Broken and Bogie sub catchments.

The Bowen, Broken & Bogie Water Quality Program Regional Program Plan is the umbrella document for the Regional Program. It provides background and outlines the objectives, scope and governance arrangements established for the program. It also includes a detailed program logic and a description of all projects included in the Program.

Accelerated Grazing Support in the BBB

Accelerated Grazing Support in the BBB

NQ Dry Tropics
$5 million

This project provides a range of investment options to implement activities that reduce fine sediment losses and improve the quality of water flowing from the BBB region. Extension support and property management planning will identify opportunities for improved management practices, gully remediation and landscape rehydration activities that will contribute to a reduction of fine sediment exported from hillslope erosion to the Great Barrier Reef.

BBB Gully Remediation:  Byrne Valley and Kirknie Stations

BBB Gully Remediation:
Byrne Valley and Kirknie Stations

Greening Australia
$1.8 million

Greening Australia aims to aims to deliver a reduction in fine sediments of approximately 2,350 tonnes per year in the Bowen Broken Bogie region. Stabilisation works will be completed on nine large alluvial gullies on Byrne Valley and Kirknie Stations, including implementing improved grazing management practices. A Reef Credits project will also be piloted.

Landholders Driving Change

Landholders Driving Change

NQ Dry Tropics
$18 million

The Regional Program for the Bowen, Broken and Bogie (BBB) catchments will deliver a significant cost-effective water quality outcome through grazing services to achieve sediment savings through grazing land management practice change; landscape remediation to achieve sediment savings through interventions in gully and streambank erosion; and support for land managers to achieve sediment savings through interventions in non-grazing land uses.