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.
Hort360 GBR assists horticulture growers to address priority actions required to achieve best management practices across the Great Barrier Reef catchments. The project provides an opportunity for growers to self-assess and/or work with a facilitator, to identify current on-farm practices and demonstrate improvements to management of nutrient, pesticide, sediment and run-off.
Conservation Volunteers Australia: The impact of of ocean litter
Roughly 9.2 billion tonnes has been produced globally, and each year 130,000 tonnes of plastic comes from Australia alone. All of this plastic ends up somewhere, with around 8 million tonnes of it is flowing into our oceans annually.
CQUniversity: Community engaged in seagrass restoration
A CQUniversity-led citizen science project will use community volunteers to collect seagrass flowers from seagrass banks off Gladstone, Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast for use in seagrass restoration, with the first collection for the year set for August.
Cotton Australia: Improving cotton soil health and strategic water use
With 520 hectares of irrigation country Aaron Kiely is always keen to maximise his water efficiency and stewardship. So it was with great enthusiasm that he accepted a grant from the Fitzroy Basin Association for a whole of farm project aimed at soil health and water efficiency.
CQUniversity: Training at Dreamtime Cultural Centre Boosted by new Skilling Queenslanders for Work Funding
A Conservation and Land Management training partnership between the Central Queensland Aboriginal Corporation for Cultural Activities (CQACCA), the Dreamtime Cultural Centre and CQUniversity, has helped one participant gain new skills and experience that he could take to the bank.
Capricorn Coast Landcare Group: Fig Tree Creek Project
Capricorn Coast Landcare Group commenced rehabilitation of the lower section of Fig Tree Creek in 2010 and continues to progressively add to on-ground works that reinstate the functioning of Yeppoon's major waterway.
Northern Australia Climate Program: Climate Mate Program
‘Climate Mates’— are individuals selected for their knowledge of the industry and their capacity to network and communicate with producers. They aim to improve the use of weather and climate forecasts through training and engaging with graziers, advisors and supporting the broader extension team across northern Australia.
Fitzroy Basin Association: how land managers are helping to improve the health of the GBR
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Fitzroy Water Quality Program aims to improve the health of the Reef by focusing on improving the health of the land. The program supports a series of on-ground projects focussed on improving landscape function through remediation of degraded land, including gullies and streambanks and improving land management, particularly of grazing and cropping lands.
Catchment Solutions has successfully completed on-ground works at the Collinsdale erosion remediation project site. The 450ha cattle property is situated within the Louisa Creek catchment and was identified through Paddock to Reef modelling as contributing the 10th highest load of sediment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from the Fitzroy basin area.
Capricornia Catchments: GenYadaba
GenYadaba is a group of people between the age of 18 to 35 who come together to connect and create an holistic supportive community and give back to the earth. Activities are organised by the group to support the land, culture and each other, which include arranging social activities and environmental projects in and around Yeppoon, while having fun and building friendships.
FBA: a growing movement towards regenerative agriculture
Central Queensland’s natural resource management champion, Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA) works to support landholders to implement more sustainable practices that consider the triple bottom line – people, profit and the planet.
Fitzroy Basin Association: Drain Buddies, guardians of the reef
Humans are responsible for 100 per cent of marine debris. To tackle this problem, three of central Queensland’s largest towns (Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gladstone) installed ‘Drain Buddies’ at key locations to capture debris before it could enter local waterways and created source reduction solutions.