Collinsville grazier Brett Stagg knows the value of water.
While the past season has been good, Brett’s number one priority is to secure water for the long-term.
While acknowledging it as no small task to organise water for his 6620 hectare property, Mr Stagg said he has been greatly assisted by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Reef Rescue initiative and encouraged other graziers to investigate on-ground grants this new financial year.
“Reef Rescue is a very useful tool for graziers to take on board,” Mr Stagg said. “It gives you a head start on infrastructure, plus you manage your country a bit better. Once I’ve broken up some paddocks, I’ll be able to rotationally graze cattle.”
Mr Stagg received a substantial grant to put in a new eight kilometre fenceline enabling him to split an 8000 acre paddock; plus funds to build a dam in each new paddock.
Mr Stagg’s property, Normanby, has four major creeks running through it: Flagstone Creek, Middle Creek, Emu Creek and Dart creek, all of which run into the Broken River.
The Bowen, Broken, Bogie basin was chosen by the Federal Government last financial year as a priority area for Reef Rescue funding, administered by natural resource management group NQ Dry Tropics.
This financial year NQ Dry Tropics has $9 million to administer to graziers, canegrowers and horticulturalists in the Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM region. Priority catchments are: Upper Burdekin, Cape Campaspe, Suttor, Bowen Broken Bogie and Lower Burdekin Basins.
AgForce Projects Reef Rescue project officer Joshua Schwarz helped facilitate Mr Stagg’s involvement with Reef Rescue.
“Brett struck me as an impressive property manager right from the start,” Mr Schwarz said. He had a 10-year development plan for his property and every year budgeted a certain amount to achieve it. His end goal is to utilise all of his property in the best and most sustainable way.”