Water Quality

Growing better: Halting run-off in horticulture

Rainy weather in CQ in the last few years has been a boon for local wetlands, and the fish, birds and other wildlife that rely on them. One local grower is helping protect local natural beauty by reducing run-off from his property.

The Coleman family farm produces a range of foods that appear on the menu for most families including sweet potatoes, sweet corn, zucchini, pumpkins as well as melons. A wetland located downhill from the farm situated on the Fitzroy flood plain at Gracemere, west of Rockhampton, is being protected from stormwater run-off thanks to Reef Rescue funding. Continue Reading…

Fitzroy partnership for river health

Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA) is working in partnership with companies and groups to monitor the health of waterways in the Fitzoy Basin and make water quality information available to the public. Other members of the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health include the Queensland Government, local mining companies, Central Queensland University and regional councils.

A first for the Fitzroy Basin and following the successful model established through the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, the Fitzroy partnership represents a huge step forward in improving public understanding of water quality issues and confidence in the transparency of water quality monitoring efforts. Continue Reading…

Corn and beans just got straighter

Mulgowie Farming Company is working on getting more out of the land without compromising its health.

Australian owned and operated, Mulgowie Farming Company has been growing sweet corn, fresh beans and other vegetables for almost 30 years.

It was started by the Emerick family in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland, and now has 400 staff working 5,000 hectares in Queensland and Victoria. Mulgowie sells direct to supermarkets, agents and markets.

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Mystery Park’s success a mix of hard work and a little bit of luck

Rob McArthur believes life, like luck, is what you make it.

Despite his grandfather’s good fortune when first purchasing Mystery Park, today the property’s success has resulted from smart management decisions made by Rob and his wife Ainsley, as well as a lot of hard work on and off farm.

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Cape York producers share costs of improved practices

By Isha Segboer, Cape York Sustainable Futures

Much of the horticulture on Cape York Peninsula is situated within the Lakeland Downs district, an area of fertile soils which overlie a large basalt outcrop. Farmers in this area are eager to embrace sustainable farming practices, including those which are beneficial for water quality, and have been implementing many of these improvements of their own accord.

One of the large pieces of machinery funded through the last round of Reef Rescue was a spreader. The spreader, which helps farmers distribute soil conditioners thereby increasing organic matter and nutrient holding capacities, has been used across a number of properties in the area, including the one pictured.  Continue Reading…