Reef Rescue on show at the Ekka

This year’s show revellers were given the opportunity to learn more about the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Reef Rescue program at the Royal Queensland Show.

Situated within the MEATing Centre on Main Parade, Agforce’s principal Reef Rescue project officer Marie Vitelli said the exhibit was viewed by many of the 400,000 show-goers who poured through the Ekka gates this year.

Show goers admiring the Agforce display

Ms Vitelli said the Ekka was a great opportunity to promote Reef Rescue successes to a range of industry stakeholders. This included land holders who had travelled to the Ekka to show their best cattle, sheep and horses; hundreds of school children; and various agribusiness representatives.

Ms Vitelli chose to highlight Reef Rescue partnerships in the exhibit, depicting snapshots from case studies of graziers implementing best management practices at St Lawrence in the Fitzroy Basin, Sarina in the Mackay Whitsundays, and Collinsville in the Burdekin Dry Tropics. Also on display were photographs of innovative graingrowers from Capella and Rockhampton.

“What these farmers are doing through Reef Rescue is benefiting their properties, benefiting the water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon and benefiting the community,” she said.

“It was great to have such a win-win story to share with this year’s show-goers.”