Projects funded under the Natural Resources Recovery Program

More than $14 million in funding over 2 years has been awarded to 31 projects delivered by Queensland-based not-for-profit organisations under the Natural Resources Recovery Program.

Funding has been awarded to projects that support:

  • improved landscape resilience and ability to respond to natural disasters and climate change
  • stakeholder adoption of sustainable practice management and drive regional economies
  • improved monitoring and evaluation to understand the state of natural resources.

Projects funded under Round 2022


Project name and details

Barron River Catchment Management Association

The Building resilience of threatened species and communities project will:

  • deliver 38 regional events to increase knowledge and activities in reforestation along waterways
  • implement threat mitigation activities across 3 hectares to improve revegetation areas and Mabi remnant areas
  • increase Mabi forest extent by 5 hectares through revegetation to increase canopy coverage and distance between Mabi fragment areas.

Cape York NRM

The Improving and embedding monitoring and evaluation in the Cape York Peninsula region project will:

  • support key stakeholders to improve capacity to undertake social monitoring; use of the State-Wide Indicators Framework (SWIF) tools
  • develop a bridging tool that allows landholders without access to geographic information system (GIS) licences to record and submit data that can be checked for quality and accuracy
  • provide training and support to Traditional Owners and other land managers on the SWIF bridging tool.

Cape York NRM

The Landscape resilience project: building climate change resilience across Cape York Peninsula project will:

  • undertake gap analysis assessment to identify areas to increase capacity of landholders
  • develop and deliver on-ground practice change activities with land managers, including installing new watering points and fencing to reduce grazing pressure, and improve native vegetation condition via threat mitigation activities and riparian fencing with landholders.

Dawson Catchment Coordinating Association

The Lower Dawson catchment remediation and prevention project will:

  • capture data to monitor and evaluate natural assets and identify local practices achieving positive results for the health of the Dawson Catchment
  • engage and educate 40 producers on practices to increase skills and knowledge to drive sustainable economic productivity
  • improve land condition in the Dawson Catchment across 2000 hectares through land managers implementing land condition threat mitigation activities.

Desert Channels Queensland

The Development of cost-effective legacy project report cards project will:

  • provide new knowledge and understanding of natural resource assets
  • link innovation with new insights gained into effective land management practices
  • monitor post-project scale outcomes and allow landholders to self-assess outcomes (threat mitigation and bare ground cover monitoring).

Desert Channels Queensland

The Protection of vegetation Communities at re-emerging GAB (Great Artesian Basin) springs project will:

  • undertake threat mitigation activities and control the impacts of domestic stock on emergent artesian springs
  • improve the condition of native vegetation and ensure insights gained are implemented in effective land management practices
  • foster collaboration between landholders, scientists, government and Traditional Owners.

Desert Uplands Build-up and Development Strategy Committee

The EcoGrazen excellence project will:

  • deliver field days to share knowledge and improve linkages to gain efficiencies to deliver projects
  • establish monitoring sites with landholders to contribute to the State-wide Indicators Framework data set to enable new insights and long-term outcome monitoring
  • conduct property planning workshops with landholders.

Fitzroy Basin Association

The Fitzroy regional coordination and evaluation 2022–2024 project will:

  • focus on developing Fitzroy Basin Association Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Improvement for all funded and future programs to align with and provide statewide consistency of project monitoring and evaluation
  • increasing data-driven knowledge to improve understanding of the state of natural resources.

Fitzroy Basin Association

The Promoting native trees in Agricultural landscapes for biodiversity and landscape resilience project will:

  • work with land managers to revegetate 30 hectares of cleared agricultural land across four priority locations
  • facilitate discussions between First Nations and land managers to broaden community understanding of the cultural importance of native trees for Traditional Owners
  • develop a spatial model of priority locations for revegetation within the Fitzroy NRM region, to guide FBA's future revegetation efforts over the long term.

Gulf Savannah NRM

The Innovative data collection to support informed decision making for NRM stakeholders project will:

  • draw on local community knowledge of NRM issues to inform decision making by interviewing land managers and community members on land management practices, land condition, biodiversity trends and community concerns
  • conduct webinars addressing key topics of interest from surveys.

Gulf Savannah NRM

The Innovative monitoring and evaluation for improved land condition and emerging market access project will:

  • will revisit 250 sites previously monitored for land condition and undertake photo monitoring and assessment by trained land condition assessors
  • upskill land managers on monitoring activities enabling them to engage with emerging markets such as Biodiversity Stewardship Payments and other environmental markets.

Healthy Land and Water

The Building community and Traditional Owner NRM capacity in SEQ project will:

  • deliver training sessions to improve natural resource management focusing on land restoration, vegetation management, fire management, and threat mitigation activities
  • support for cultural heritage projects that build the land management capacity of First Nations People in South East Queensland.

Healthy Land and Water

The Improving condition, landscape resilience through increased adoption of sustainable practices in SEQ project will:

  • undertake workshops, field days and property visits with land managers to improve land condition and soil health
  • improve native vegetation condition and riparian restoration through threat mitigation.

Macintyre Ag Alliance

The project Connect, learn, do: Building landholder capacity through cultural and regenerative knowledge and skills will:

  • deliver workshops in collaboration with Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation and Queensland Murray Darling Catchments Limited to increase land managers' awareness and capacity to use regenerative, sustainable and cultural land management practices.

Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee

The Improving grazing land management systems for the broader SEQ project will:

  • engage and educate grazing land managers to improve adoption of best-practice land management.

NQ Dry Tropics

The Building MERI and SWIF capacity at the organisational, regional and state levels project will:

  • support staff, stakeholders and Traditional Owners to undertake social monitoring, apply the State-wide Indicators Framework and methodologies, and continue the development of the Soil Condition Assessment Tool for monitoring of soil condition.

NQ Dry Tropics

The Building on Linking Landholders 1: collective rangelands management for land & vegetation outcomes project will:

  • work with landholders on threat mitigation activities, and protection of softwood scrub through installation of fencing and fire breaks
  • educate landholders on more sustainable practices
  • collaborate with local Traditional Owners and landholders to identify significant cultural sites
  • undertake data collection, benchmarking, and monitoring activities.

Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective

The Capturing, collating and communicating the achievements of NRRP project will:

  • provide consistent, accurate and timely reporting using the State-wide Indicators Framework (SWIF) and communication of NRRP outcomes
  • enable ongoing evidence-based adaptive management at both the delivery agent and whole-of-state levels
  • provide capacity building and technical support to project delivery staff of up to 20 project delivery entities in the use of the SWIF tools and systems.

Queensland Water and Land Carers

Managed by the peak body for natural resource management (NRM) volunteers, the Resilient Queenslanders strengthening soil, vegetation & landscape recovery project will:

  • increase membership to increase capacity in NRM volunteer groups
  • support advocacy and networking to contribute to NRM capacity and outcomes
  • support member groups to manage and build capacity.

Reef Catchments

The Protecting and improving the health of Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Wetlands project will:

  • increase Traditional Owner engagement, ownership and participation in wetlands planning to form a joint action to protect and preserve wetland areas
  • reduce threats to wetland areas through pest management over 75,000 hectares of land to improve vegetation
  • improve grazing and cane management practice by installation of a treatment train and revegetation.

Reef Catchments

The Retaining and building organisational capacity within Reef Catchments Limited and stakeholders project will:

  • focus on embedding the State-wide Indicators Framework into projects and programs to improve consistency and efficiency across the organisation
  • undertake training with key stakeholders to ensure NRM skills and knowledge are put into practice and maintained
  • collaborate with Traditional Owner organisations on delivery project activities to ensure their knowledge and skills are embedded into projects.

Southern Gulf NRM

The SGNRM coordinated land condition capacity building project will:

  • support and educate key stakeholders in the field of land condition and develop regional development projects that consider land condition improvement, land capability, and regional land systems information.

Southern Queensland Landscapes

The Regional coordination and evaluation for NRM decision making in southern Queensland project will:

  • embed data-informed collective goal setting and progress monitoring into natural resource management decision making
  • support and educate land managers in the Traprock, Mitchell and Lower Warrego areas about new practices and traditional knowledge for land management.

Southern Queensland Landscapes

The Creating flourishing landscapes to support healthy communities project will:

  • work with 52 land managers to deliver an estimated 46,000 hectares of improved land condition across three priority areas—Traprock, Mitchell and Lower Warrego
  • manage appropriate plant cover to avoid long periods of above average bare ground and increase the amount of water held in the landscape
  • incorporate First Nation involvement, knowledge and technical support
  • give the best chance of mitigating droughts, flooding, fire, climate changes and other global shocks.

Terrain NRM

The Understanding Wet Tropics natural resource conditions through monitoring and evaluation project will:

  • maintain support to monitor project achievements and demonstrate the long-term impact of work undertaken
  • maintain relevant tools such as the State-wide Indicators Framework to capture legacy project data.

Reef Catchments

The Fostering three Holistic Farm Management peer-to-peer hubs in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region project will:

  • increase awareness and implementation of land management practices to improve and protect the condition of soil, biodiversity, and vegetation on properties within the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac regions.

Burnett Catchment Care Association Inc.

The Resilient Landscapes in the Upper Burnett project will:

  • provide extension activities and on-ground support to local producers in the Upper Burnett region to address the chronic degradation of land and soil health and improve landscape resilience.

Cape York Natural Resource Management Pty Ltd

The Supporting Cape York landholders to manage woody thickening using integrated fire regimes project will:

  • address woody thickening by developing a best practice guide in consultation with Cape York landholders, Traditional Owners and stakeholders.
  • provide practical guidance for landholders to develop and implement fire regimes that integrate cultural burning, grazing, ecological and carbon farming outcomes.

Desert Channels Queensland Ltd

The Greening the Outback project will:

  • improve landscape condition, resilience and rehabilitate existing scalds. The method used will increase infiltration and promote improvements in groundcover and land condition in degraded areas by enhancing the ability of native pasture to establish in grassland areas by slowing the movement of water.

Noosa & District Landcare Group Inc.

The Improving Landscape and Disaster Resilience of Kin Kin Catchment - 'Keeping it in Kin Kin' project will:

  • address the key threat of soil condition decline, loss and sediment movement by riparian erosion, gully erosion and land slips.
  • undertake on-ground remediation works of unstable sites, improve pasture management and soil health on farms and protect and treat of invasive transformer vine weeds in the riparian rainforest community.

Queensland Trust for Nature

The Franklin Vale Creek Catchment Enhancement project will:

  • extend ongoing work around the Franklin Cale Creek Catchment area involving the management of invasive weeds and the revegetation of native species.
  • further enhance waterway resilience through improved water quality, climate resilience, flood mitigation, and aquatic and terrestrial fauna habitat.

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