Every action, no matter how big or small, makes a difference!
If our region is to achieve the CQSS2030 vision and targets there’s a lot to do and we need everyone to play a part. We encourage all businesses, groups, organisations and individuals to celebrate what they’re doing and inspire others by adding their actions here.
Take a look at what’s being done, who’s been doing it, and the difference they’ve made.
Old Guys Restoring Ecosystems (OGREs): Mt Etna Conservation
Mount Etna Caves National Park (Mt Etna) is one of central Queensland’s earliest conservation sites and home to threatened species and ecological communities. Caring for it is a community group named Old Guys Restoring Ecosystems (OGREs). Over the last five years the OGREs have collected over 5,000 seeds, planted thousands of trees, and pulled massive quantities of weeds.
Great Barrier Reef Foundation: Marine Monitoring Program for In-shore Water Quality
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, through the Reef Trust Partnership with the Australian Government, has committed to investing $1.6 million to reinstate critical monitoring activities for the high-priority Fitzroy Basin.
Cotton Australia: Grants to boost cotton farm water efficiency and sustainability
An Emerald cotton farmer is using every opportunity, including grants, trials and best practice to make a major contribution to learnings and lessons around water efficiency and soil health. Danni Ingram says grants have helped her to optimise water management on the farm and get the best out of every drop of water.
Great Barrier Reef Foundation: Fitzroy Water Quality Program
The Fitzroy Water Quality Program aims to stop 50,000 tonnes of fine sediment from the Fitzroy River basin entering the Reef's waters every year. This $19.6 million investment under the Reef Trust Partnership supports five projects focussed on remediating degraded land and improving land management.
Pollutants in runoff from grazing land contribute to the ongoing poor health of the Great Barrier Reef. The Brigalow Catchment Study found that heavy grazing in the Fitzroy Basin had 2.5 times more bare ground, 3.6 times more runoff and 3.2 times more total suspended solids in runoff than conservative grazing.
Alluvium: Australia’s largest bank stabilisation project on the Fitzroy River
Alluvium’s restoration planning work on the Fitzroy River has informed two of Australia’s largest streambank stabilisation projects resulting in an estimated 50,000 tonnes per year of fine sediment from reaching and impacting on the Great Barrier Reef.
Lendlease: Springboard Program
The program focuses on how living in balance with ourselves, our workplace and our natural environment can not only benefit our wellbeing but also create a network of like-minded people around the globe who are committed to effecting change.
Mulloon Institute: NQ Dry Tropics program to enhance grazing landscape rehydration and resilience
The Mulloon Institute and Grazing Naturally supported NQ Dry Tropics to deliver projects with graziers in northern Queensland to restore natural processes, reduce sediment runoff and improve productivity.
Livingstone Shire Council: Community Nursery
Livingstone Shire Council Community Nursery grows local endemic native plants for habitat restoration. Volunteers assist to collect seed and propagate local provenance tube stock (150+ species). Rare plants and advanced plants are special projects of the nursery.
Advance Rockhampton: Rookwood Weir Landholder Support & Grants Program
The Rookwood Weir is a landmark project that will capture valuable water in the lower Fitzroy, ultimately generating new economic & employment opportunities and supporting urban and industrial growth and water security. Advance Rockhampton are facilitating the Landholder Support & Grants Program.
Livingstone Shire Council partnered with agencies and community groups to deliver Fire information nights and property bushfire planning workshops at Byfield and The Caves. Supported by Queensland Reconstruction Authority after The Caves Fire of Nov 2018, by working together we build a resilient community.
Gladstone Regional Council: Central Queensland Coastal Fox Control Project
The project aims to remove foxes from coastal areas to reduce the number of turtle nests being dug up and predated on each season and is a collaboration between Gladstone Regional Council and Fitzroy Basin Association’s Team Turtle CQ, delivers targeted control of European Red Foxes in a humane and safe manner.