Upper and East Burdekin Water Quality Program

The Upper and East Burdekin Water Quality Program aims to reduce 49,000 tonnes of fine sediment from entering the Reef's waters every year.

The $5.5 million program will support one-on-one extension, peer-to-peer programs and targeted on-ground works in high priority areas. This will include delivering property management plans that pinpoint highly erosive landscape features and grazing management practices, identify action plans to address degraded landscapes and establish monitoring sites to assess progress. Producer groups will be established to deliver shared local ideas, develop project efficiencies and implement strategies for intervening in water quality issues at a sub-catchment level. A competitive incentive program will be used to support landholders adopt practice changes that demonstrate large scale water quality outcomes.

The Upper and East Burdekin Water Quality program will be implemented by NQ Dry Tropics, with support from the Dalrymple Landcare Committee (DLC).