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    Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland
    The Honourable Tim Mulherin

    Funding to improve SEQ waterways

    Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland
    The Honourable Tim Mulherin

    Sunday, November 29, 2009

    Funding to improve SEQ waterways

    More than 30 producers throughout South East Queensland will share in $170,000 to implement best management practices on their land to reduce potential sediment and nutrient run-off into our catchments.

    Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin today launched the start of the first works under the FarmFLOW incentive package as part of the Bligh Government’s Western Suburbs Community Cabinet.

    “The successful funding applicants include producers in the Logan-Albert, Lockyer, Bremer and Pumicestone catchments,” Mr Mulherin said.

    “This is truly a partnership program, with producers also committing three times the funding through their own cash, labour and machinery for their projects.”

    Mr Mulherin visited Mr John Jackson’s beef and vineyard property at Coleyville, who is one of the successful funding applicants.

    “Mr Jackson has been granted $2,000 to add to the land management program he has already started with assistance from SEQ Catchments,” Mr Mulherin said.

    “The Queensland Government incentive will go towards the planting of native trees and grasses to ensure his recent gully rehabilitation works are not eroded during the upcoming wet season.

    “Through Mr Jackson’s new grazing management system he will be able to spell gully areas from grazing to allow good grass cover to establish and increase bank stability so as to reduce erosion risk in the future."

    Other projects receiving funding include fencing wetlands and waterways, improving groundcover in orchards, reducing the use of nutrients and pesticides, and inter-row covers to reduce soil loss in horticultural production.

    “Projects such as these are central to protecting South East Queensland’s waterways, and will help reduce the 315,000 tonnes of sediment that is discharged each year into Moreton Bay from sources across the region,” Mr Mulherin said.

    “Staff from Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries will help landholders implement their projects through farm management training, monitoring, and also establishing trials around their new land management practices.

    “This partnership approach to sustainable use of our natural resources will bring long term returns and enhanced productivity through the efficient management of soil and nutrients.”

    The funding is part of the Queensland Government’s FarmFLOW project, which is a Healthy Country initiative to improve water quality in South East Queensland’s catchments and Moreton Bay.

    For more information on Healthy Country, visit www.healthcountry.com.au


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