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Gulf Savannah NRM

We’re a non-profit company and a registered charity, working with people and communities to create opportunities for current and future generations in the Gulf region. Our projects help strengthen communities and industries. We cultivate living landscapes to support local livelihoods.

The Gulf Savannah NRM team works from offices in Georgetown, Croydon and Mareeba, connecting science, technology and landcare to improve productivity for farmers and graziers. We balance social, economic and cultural interests and maintain environmental values and healthy ecosystems.

Our projects include regenerative farming, healthy soils, Indigenous partnerships, new technologies for agriculture, grazing business resilience, environmental education, and advocacy for better telecommunications for the region.

Want to work with us?

Are you passionate about agriculture and the environment? Want to help build our region's resilience to disaster and climate impacts? Do you have skills in managing and delivering projects, or engaging with landholders? We want to hear from you.

PROJECTS

Resilient Futures for Queensland’s Gulf Savannah

The Resilient Futures project centres around increasing our Gulf community’s preparedness and resilience to natural disasters.  The project will focus on creating awareness and understanding of the risks of fire, flooding and cyclones both with individual landholders and local government authorities. This project is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Salubrious Soils

The project focuses on management practices to build soil health and optimise production, the links between healthy, balanced soils and resilience, the latest soil research and technology, soil sampling and interpretation, National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program and Carbon farming opportunities for income diversification. This project is supported by the Australian Government’s Smart Farms Program.

Data for the Future

Many factors inhibit graziers collecting data including a lack of systems and processes for collection and storage of relevant data, and understanding what data would be useful for decision making. This project showcases businesses using data driven decision tools, and supports producers in data collection. Supported by Agrifutures Australia, Producer Technology Uptake Program.

Showcasing Resilient Grazing Landscapes with Better Biodiversity

This project aims to showcase how resilient grazing landscapes (those in better land condition) also have better biodiversity. To achieve this we aim to use innovative automated field survey methods to gain a snapshot of biodiversity in both good and poor land condition paddocks for comparison. We’re collaborating with JCU on this project, which is supported by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.

McDonald Creek Restoration Project

This project aims to rehabilitate part of McDonald Creek in Irvinebank, which has become silted up from sediment mainly due to past mining activities. This stage of the project involves a feasibility study to estimate the scope and cost of restoration works. Supported by Queensland Government’s Natural Resources Investment Program.

Gilbert River Catchment ‘Digital Twin’ Project

This project aims to enable estimation of water budgets from the entire Gilbert catchment down to a field scale – integrating available monitoring data, water modelling, and spatial data – and support stakeholder engagement on water storage management and its governance, social license, and environmental risk. Supported by Department of Environment and Science for the QWMN.

Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitation

Our Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator promotes sustainable agriculture, supporting farmers, industry and community groups  to adopt new and innovative sustainable agriculture practices. Funded and supported by the Australian Governments Regional Land Partnerships program.

Fire Smart Mareeba Shire

This project aims to build community bushfire resilience within the Mareeba Shire. It is lifting the level of fire literacy, community coordination and confidence in responding to and mitigating fire risk. This is being achieved through providing resources, targeted fire mitigation and management planning at a community and property level. This project has received grant funding from the Australian Government.

Healthy Farming Soils

Promoting farm-scale worm farming and the use of biological soil ameliorants in agricultural settings. Ameliorants are substances that help plant growth by improving the physical condition of the soil. Supported by Smart Farms Small Grants, part of the Australian Government National Landcare Program.

Powerful Pollinators

Promoting bee keeping and the importance of beneficial insects in horticultural systems. Pollinators are essential for agriculture and healthy landscapes. We show farmers the important role of pollinator species and host plants, and how to increase pollinator numbers on their farm. Supported by Smart Farms Small Grants, part of the Australian Government National Landcare Program.

Drop in the Bucket: Citizen Scientists Monitoring Water Quality

This project provides important water quality and ecosystem health data for rivers in our region. Citizen scientists use observational methods to assess the health of our river systems. Supported by the Queensland Government.

Climate Mates

Climate Mates is part of the Northern Australia Climate Program, helping graziers better manage drought and climate risks. We help graziers use forecasts and adopt new climate tools to make informed management decisions. Supported by the Queensland Government Drought and Climate Adaptation Program and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Prickly Acacia Management

This thorny shrub or small tree encourages erosion, threatens biodiversity, decreases pastures, and forms dense thickets that interfere with stock movement. Preventing spread is a high priority. Our project supports landholders through education, awareness, and on-ground control. Project supported by the Australian Government.

Grazing Futures

Supporting grazing business resilience by assisting recovery from extreme climate events and improving future preparedness. It’s funded through the Drought & Climate Adaptation Program, building strong partnerships between regional NRM organisations and the Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries.

E-Beef Smart Farms

This project shows how innovative technologies can improve livestock performance and pasture data, leading to better informed management decisions. This leads to improved natural resources condition and boosts the financial viability of regional grazing businesses. Funding for the project is from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the Queensland Government Drought and Climate Adaptation Program.

Biodiversity Bright Spots – Woodlands

We work with Traditional Owners, land managers, scientists and government to support recovery of the endangered Golden-shouldered parrot. Found in our tropical savannah woodlands and open grasslands, but under pressure from predators and land use changes. Project supported by Regional Land Partnerships, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Healthy Farming Futures

Helping farmers develop better soil management practices to address acidification, carbon decline, and erosion. We’re building skills and confidence, helping farmers improve their soil for long-term resilience. The project operates in the Mareeba-Dimbulah and Gilbert River Irrigation Areas. Project supported by Regional Land Partnerships, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Gulf Rivers Riparian Improvement Program

The Gulf Rivers Riparian Improvement Program addresses sediment loss and native vegetation condition in the Gilbert River catchment with strategic works and building landholders skills and knowledge. The Gilbert is part of northern Australia’s largest river system. Project funded by the Queensland Government Natural Resources Investment Program.

LATEST NEWS

Grazing with Nature

We know that grazing practices have a big impact on land condition as well as the beef business’ bottom line. But how does it influence the abundance and diversity of wildlife across the grazing landscape? Using a combination of motion sensor cameras, bio-acoustic recording and ants as an indicator, the team at Gulf Savannah NRM is on a quest to find out.

The Greatest of Gliders

Up to the late twentieth century, Greater Gliders (Petauroides volans, meaning ‘flying rope-dancer-like’) were thought of as one common species of gliding possum, distributed along Australia’s far east from Bundaberg to Victoria. In 2020, advanced genetic taxonomical research revealed that what was previously thought to be one species was actually three distinct species: Southern (P.volans, east Victoria and east NSW), Central (P.armillatus, southeast Queensland) and Northern (P.minor, northeast Queensland) Greater Gliders.

Northern Quolls: Surviving or Thriving?

Northern quoll numbers dropped dramatically when cane toads spread through northern Australia. A new project will trial conservation methods to address this at Brooklyn Wildlife Sanctuary near Mt Carbine on the Mitchell River, with grant funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.

Change for the better

The Containers for Change scheme recycling depot at Normanton has attracted strong community support across the region. Two years in, a million containers have been recycled.

Working together to build brighter futures for grazing

Project officer Keerah Steele recently travelled south for FutureBeef’s GrazingFutures program catch-up, and met her beef leadership mentor Richard Cox.

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Gulf Savannah NRM supports the Sustainable Development Goals

Gulf Savannah NRM supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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