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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.