Block
WELCOME TO THE
GULF SAVANNAH

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.

PROJECTS

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.

Tackling Regional Adversity

This is a grassroots project based in Croydon Shire, addressing social isolation, despondency and lack of services that people experience in remote communities.

Our project coordinator is based in Croydon, working with a steering committee  of community members to deliver a series of events.

Croydon Food Security Strategy

Improving access to affordable healthy food for the people of Croydon Shire. We’re working with providers and supply chains to improve food security and to promote household self-reliance in this small remote community.

Remoteness and climate are real daily challenges to food security in Croydon Shire. We’re building on earlier engagement to find solutions.

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.

Litter Quitter

We’re taking eco-products expert Diane Creasey from Enviromart Australia around the region, helping local businesses adapt to the Queensland ban on single use plastics. Diane helps businesses identify affordable, environmentally friendly alternatives. Supported by the Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action grant program.

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.

Remote Food Gardens

This project helps schools in the Gulf region start and maintain kitchen gardens, with a focus on sustainable gardening methods, health and nutrition. Students grow fresh food and learn about agriculture. School garden programs promote social inclusion and successfully engage students from diverse backgrounds. Funded by Northern Queensland Primary Health Network.

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.

Learn practical skills for livestock data collection and develop a plan for your business and data needs
Fire Forum

Fire Forum

Learn best practice strategies for managing current and future fire risks in the Mareeba Shire region

LATEST NEWS

Women of the Gulf – Kathy Rowling

On International Women’s Day, meet Kathy Rowling. Gulf farmer, leather worker, community champion and very good company.

Women of the Gulf – Crystal Leonardi

On International Women’s Day, meet Crystal Leonardi, mum, author, publisher, motivational speaker.

Women of the Gulf – Erica Hughes

On International Women’s Day, meet Erica Hughes, creator of the virtual produce market Farmer Meets Foodie.

The Gulf Croaker March 2022 edition

Download the latest Gulf Croaker magazine for all the latest on the Gulf Region and Gulf Savannah NRM. We’re featuring inspirational Gulf women for International Women’s Day.

Glider project encourages Etheridge teens to sciences

Gulf Savannah NRM is backing a project to encourage Etheridge Shire teenagers to pursue careers in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

registered-charity-gulf-savannah-logo
Gulf Savannah NRM supports the Sustainable Development Goals

Gulf Savannah NRM supports the Sustainable Development Goals

Scroll to Top