Burnett Mary Natural Resources Group are running a REEF RESCUE progamme in the Fraser Coast.
Over the next four years, through the Australian Government’s Reef Systems Repair Programme, the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) will make funding available to assist local land managers to control feral pigs, weeds (e.g. invasive vines and Lantana) and to restore, protect and maintain waterway and wetland vegetation (riparian zones) to improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon.
BMRG will partner with land managers to undertake on-ground works to assist in the maintenance of riparian vegetation and natural wetlands. Funding will target waterways and wetlands within prioritised areas of the Burrum River Catchment in a whole of landscape system approach.
Projects and activities eligible for funding will include:
• Planting native vegetation on cleared or cropped land along waterways or wetlands to reconnect aquatic habitat;
• Bank stabilisation along riparian corridors to address slumping and erosion;
• Enhancing existing native vegetation to increase biodiversity benefits and filtering of sediment loads;
• Erection of fences to assist grazing management and establishment of off-stream watering points;
• Control of feral pigs along waterways to reduce sediment loads and stabilise riparian zones;
• Control the spread of target weeds within wetlands and riparian zones;
• Implementation of fire management practices to address loss of critical sediment-filtering vegetation;
• Technical and educational field days and workshops addressing landscape management issues impacting upon water quality entering the GBR lagoon will be open to all members of the community.
BMRG are calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from land managers to nominate their projects.
“Land managers in high priority areas, with medium to large scale projects are encouraged to apply as sediment reaching the reef comes from diffuse sources across large tracts of our landscape,” said Penny Hall, Chief Executive Officer, BMRG.
“This is a great opportunity for land managers to participate, improving their farm’s sustainability and protecting the future of the Great Barrier Reef at the same time,” she added.
For further information on this funding please contact or Stacey Hodge on 07 4181 2999 or to download the EOI and to view maps of prioritised areas please go to http://www.bmrg.org.au/about/funding-opportunities/.
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TELEPHONE: 07 4181 2999