Growcom Reef Rescue: Promoting change

Reef Rescue is now 2 years old, and growers funded in the first year have had time to operate their new equipment and document the impact of the Reef Rescue investment. This documentation is important not only for the grower, but also enables others to see and recognise the potential benefits of making such a practice change on their properties.

To promote these changes to a broader audience Growcom has compiled a number of case studies which are available for viewing on Growcom’s website ( The case studies provide the viewer with a short presentation outlining who and where the grower is, what their current practices are, recognition of changes required, new practices implemented, and production and environmental benefits.

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ABC-TV’s Landline talks up the positives of Reef Rescue

More than a quarter of a million people tuned into ABC’s Landline program when it featured a special reef and agriculture segment – with over half the viewers being city dwellers.

Landline’s story focused on the Federal Government’s Reef Rescue incentive program compared with recent regulation brought in by the Queensland Government.

Landline was inspired to follow up on the story, after they had seen segments from CANEGROWERS ‘Virtual Bus Tour’ project.  Their intentions were to show the Landline audience some of the technology and good farming practices they had seen on the short cane movies.

The strong message for the Landline program, which has been covering agricultural issues across Australia since 1991, is that there are impressive things going on in cane.

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CANEGROWERS appoints GHD for Baseline Study

With the Reef Rescue program being a 5 year investment by the Australian Government, it is important to understand how effective the program is.  One way to do this is to understand the level of adoption of certain relevant land management practices at the start of the program – using 2008-09 as the baseline – and to understand the level of adoption towards the end of the program.

The Australian Government has requested CANEGROWERS develop a Sugarcane Land Management Practices Baseline by considering industry data and other relevant information.  The  Australian Bureau of Statistics carried out a survey in 2009, however this is just one source of data and the survey did not consider all relevant sugarcane land management practices.  Some regional natural resource management organisations have also developed some baselines but more consistency is required for a total sugar industry picture. Continue Reading…

Showing off on-ground results in the Fitzroy

A group of government officers saw the on-ground impact of funding under the Reef Rescue component of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country in the Fitzroy Basin recently.

Bronwyn Higgins, Jessica Feder, and Geoff Dyne from the Australian Government joined Fitzroy Basin Association staff on a tour across the basin to see first-hand the results of projects supported under Reef Rescue. Continue Reading…

Regional communities achieve massive land management outcomes

Queensland’s regional natural resource management groups are charged with the development of regional projects to address land management issues.  Collectively, the fourteen organisations have achieved massive land management outcomes over the past 12 months.

A new one-page fact sheet summarises these outputs.

Mike Berwick, Chair Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective said the outputs summary is a good example of how regional groups are making a difference on the ground.

“Over the 12 months to June 2009, our fourteen regional natural resource management groups have collectively delivered nearly 1600 awareness raising events for more than 80,000 people – helping them better understand sustainable land management,” Berwick said.

“They also rehabilitated or enhanced 446,000 hectares of native vegetation and protected some 376,291 hectares of native vegetation with fencing,” Berwick said.

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