Great Barrier Reef funding
Shortly after Cam's visit up north, the Federal Government's Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, announced funding of $500m for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. $200m of that funding will be directed towards helping farmers minimise agricultural runoff. So collectively, the initiative of our MCCC workshop, facilitated by NQ Dry Tropics NRM, and Australian Government funding will directly assist in solving a land-based problem - an "agrarian algorithm".
Issues related to bleaching and other coral impacts on the Great Barrier Reef are various and complex, but sediment runoff is quite clearly one of the greatest impacts and potentially one of the easiest to fix. Restoring landscape natural functions in the many catchments that ultimately feed into the Great Barrier Reef is exactly what is needed. And the good news for farmers is that repair work will not only limit runoff, it will also make their farms more sustainable and productive.
Using our experience elsewhere and particularly at Mulloon Creek, we are able to apply the same principles but adapt methodologies when working in landscapes in northern Australia. Cam will be heading back to Queensland in June to undertake a further workshop with NQ Dry Tropics NRM and local farmers. See above section for workshop details.