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.
Erosion Control, Water testing and Ecosystem Restoration in the Fitzroy River Basin
This project under the funding kindly acquired under the successful Smart Farm Small Farm Grant application titled: Soil and Water Conservation of the Brigalow Belt North and Central Mackay Coast Bioregions. This project currently has sites in Dululu and Woodbury and great progress has been seen so far.
Catchment Solutions: Styx Catchment Gully and Paddock Rehab
Catchment Solutions have successfully rehabilitated over 15ha of severe gully erosion in the Ogmore area of the Styx River catchment, funded through the Australian Government’s Reef Trust IV Program. Using earthworks and gypsum treatment, the land has been converted from a barren landscape to a pastured paddock.
CQUniversity: Precision Livestock Management
CQUniversity is partnering with beef producers across the Central Queensland region to deliver real-time data that informs land management decisions around stocking rates and pasture availability, which in turn helps to prevent erosion and sediment runoff into nearby catchments.
Emu Park Bushcare: Beachscrub & Wetlands
Since 2000, the Group has been involved in rehabilitation work in Emu Park; Protecting and restoring the habitat of threatened plants and animals, and helping to manage protected areas such as dune, beachscrub and wetlands.
Plastic Free CQ: Eliminate Single-use
Plastic Free CQ (PFCQ) is a free no-obligation program for cafes and mobile food vendors to eliminate single-use plastics. The program targets six (6) of the most littered items in Australia. These are plastic; straws, cutlery, plates & bowls, takeaway containers and water bottles.
Livingstone Shire Council: National Tree Day
Council has been working with Ian Weigh Toyota and Planet Ark for many years to facilitate an annual event for National Tree Day. The location for the event changes year-to-year to reflect areas that would benefit from revegetation efforts. In 2021, more than 200 trees were planted at Fisherman's Beach in Emu Park.
Tangaroa Blue: ReefClean at Curtis Island
All smiles on Curtis Island with over 1 tonne (yes, you read that right) of marine debris collected! Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who joined, and partners who made this clean-up happen. This clean-up is a part of ReefClean; a project funded by the Australian Government's Reef Trust.
CQUniversity: Restoring coastal seagrass – the kidneys of the Reef
CQUniversity’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) was launched in 2019 to address significant knowledge gaps in the mainstream understanding of coastal ecosystems and how development and industry activities impact on these areas, especially when it comes to the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
CQUniversity: Reviving CQ koala populations
CQUniversity's Koala Research CQ team is undertaking a suite of projects investigating stress levels in local koala populations, how to improve and expand habitat through vegetation offset programs and increase appreciation of Traditional culture knowledge of the iconic animal.
Project Pioneer: Comparative Water Quality Survey
Working through Project Pioneer, led by RCS Australia and WWF, CQUniversity researchers measured water run-off from properties managed under regenerative grazing with those of neighbouring properties. Collected data showed huge potential for regen ag to improve the quality of water entering rivers in Reef catchments.
Gladstone Conservation Council: Oakwood BEAM fungal pilot project
We are a group of local graziers in Bracewell who are working together to improve our soil fertility and beef production. With the help of a bursary from Fitzroy Basin Association, we are running field trials in grazing land of an on-farm brewed high-fungal tea which improves soil carbon and fertility.
Rockhampton Regional Council's Sustainability Strategy aims to support the live-ability and continued prosperity of the Rockhampton Region by working collaboratively to progress key local initiatives. The annual 'Year in Review' report checks in on progress and highlights key achievements against the Strategy.