Reef Alliance - Growing a Great Barrier Reef

LEI-Great-Barrier-Reef-36.jpgThe Australian Government has invested $45M towards "Growing a Great Barrier Reef." Queensland Farmers Federation is leading the project in partnership with members of the Reef Alliance.

The project is funded through the $140 million Reef Trust which focuses on improving water quality and protecting coastal habitats and the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

The project has established links between industry and NRM groups along the Reef to deliver an integrated 'whole of reef' programme of training, extension on targeted on-ground support to agricultural land managers.

How does the Program work in the Burnett Mary?

Cane_Farm_Mozaic_Bargara.jpgThe Burnett Mary Reef Partnership is a collaboration between BMRG, Burnett Catchment Care Association, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Bundaberg Sugar Services, Canegrowers Isis and Maryborough Canrgrowers.

The primary focus of Phase III investments are to improve water quality through reducing nutrient runoff from intensive agriculture, and reducing sediment runoff through grazing land management practices. This will be achieved in conjunction with industry Best Management Practices guidelines.


Outcomes: By June 2019: 18 graziers adopting best management practices over 6,500 ha, reducing 17,0000 tonnes of anthropogenic sediment loss in the Burnett Mary.


Outcomes: By June 2019: 86 cane farmers improving nutrient management practices over 7,740ha and 38 tonnes of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) reduced in the Burnett Mary.

The Reef Alliance Program is a partnership between agricultural industry, regional NRM bodies and facilitated by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF), with a common goal of securing the future health of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Alliance model provides a mechanism for stakeholders to lead and coordinate adaptive programs of land use change by improving knowledge and understanding of the benefits of adopting best management practice. The Reef Alliance Program is funded by the Australian Government and delivered through the Reef Trust.

Key Contact

Huw Treers
(07) 4181 2999 (ext 117)