17 January, 2023
Graziers focus of landscape resilience
UP to $30,000 will be available to Cape York Peninsula’s eligible grazing land managers to help improve the condition of their property’s land and native vegetation.
Cape York NRM is calling for expressions of interest for the Landscape and Resilience Project which will target a minimum of six properties —three addressing threats to vegetation condition and three addressing land condition.
Funded by the Queensland Government’s Natural Resource Recovery Program (NRRP), the Project will also increase understanding of drought resilience across the grazing sector in Cape York Peninsula and identify areas for future investment and funding.
The project runs from November 2022 to the end of June 2024, and will include activities such as:
• control of priority weed infestations (e.g. rubber vine, parkinsonia, bellyache bush or other priority weeds;
• protection of riparian vegetation from cattle and/or pigs (fencing creeks/rivers);
• additional paddock fencing to allow for spelling;
• additional off-stream watering points to spread grazing pressure; and
• other activities that either reduce threats to native vegetation or improve pasture condition.
“The Queensland Government's NRRP is in-vesting more than $11 million over two years across Queensland, so we are pretty excited about Cape York Peninsula being part of this big picture program,” Cape York NRM sustainability officer Nat James said.
“Healthy vegetation and pastures are vital aspects of drought resilience. Having the right infrastructure and resources to effectively manage grazing landscapes means they, and the businesses that rely on them, will be less vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change.
“Importantly, the project will also improve monitoring and evaluation to understand the state of our natural resources.”
Ms James said part of the process for establishing the sites would be assessing priorities to achieve resilience in the grazing landscape.
“This involves understanding where there are shortfalls in current systems,” she said.
“We’ll be using farm business resilience plan-ning tools to determine if a business is where it needs and wants to be, and where investment is most needed.”
Full details of activities and requirements can be found in the Landscape Resilience Project Ex-pressions of Interest Form. Expressions of Interest close at 12am Monday 20 February 2023. Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by 1 March 2023.
To apply, submit an EOI form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the online form from the Cape York NRM website.