Great Barrier Reef

Grazier reaps rewards of long-term commitment to sustainability

When Chris Hensley and his wife Nina bought Peak Vale in the Drummond Range, 60 km south-west of Clermont, in 1997 it was in a degraded condition; however, the husband and wife team have turned their enterprise around and are reaping the rewards of their long-term commitment to building a sustainable and profitable business.  Continue Reading…

Continuation of Reef Rescue welcomed by award winning farmers

Farmers and graziers working to improve land management practices in the Great Barrier Reef water catchment areas were last night recognised for their efforts during the inaugural Reef Rescue awards held in Cairns.

Presented by the Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective and the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, the farmers and graziers receiving the top awards represent just a handful of those working hard to reduce the environmental impact on and potential damage to the Great Barrier Reef. Continue Reading…

Inaugural Reef Rescue awards recognise top achieving farmers

THE Queensland Farmers’ Federation and the Regional NRM Groups Collective today congratulated the inaugural farmer and grazier winners of the Reef Rescue Awards, unveiled at a ceremony in Cairns this evening (Thursday May 9).

The top achieving farmers have been recognised for their outstanding achievements through involvement in the Reef Rescue program, by completing on farm projects that deliver substantial environmental outcomes and also improve farm productivity.

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Spray rig improvements made possible through BMP program

Grains Best Management Practices (BMP) program is helping farmers get the best out of their equipment, for more efficiently produced grains and great environmental gains.

Grain growers like Carmel and Kevin O’Keeffe who own and run Wallalee, a 3925 hectare mixed grazing and grains enterprise near Emerald are discovering they can vastly improve the performance of their spray equipment, resulting in less time spent in the field, less wasted chemicals and reduced run-off into local waterways.

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Burdekin graziers win national award

A Burdekin grazier couple who installed fencing the equivalent of the distance between Ayr and Townsville have taken out a prestigious national award.

NQ Dry Tropics, the Burdekin Dry Tropics natural resource management company, nominated Glenalpine Station couple Barry and Leanne O’Sullivan for the 2013 Reef Rescue Grazier Award after they transformed the layout of their cattle grazing land. Continue Reading…

Reef Rescue award goes to Monto dairy farmer

Geoff Downie, a dairy farmer in the embattled Monto district of the North Burnett has won the Reef Rescue Dairy award, a project financed by the Burnett Mary Regional Group through the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country funding scheme.

It’s great to be given recognition by this award – it feels good to know that framers are being appreciated for improving farming technology,” Mr Downie said.

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5 Fishers Project – Improving the sustainability of the Commercial Trawl Fishing Industry

Following a detailed review of the Queensland East Coast Trawl fishery, the Queensland Seafood Industry Association has released a new Code of Conduct and an associated Environmental Management System (EMS) aimed at establishing a framework for responsible trawl fishing in the region.

The East Coast Trawl Fishers Code of Conduct and EMS sets out principles and standards of behaviour for responsible practices by licenced trawl fishers operating in the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery to effectively facilitate the safeguarding of the marine environment and sustainability of the trawl fishing industry.

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