Tenders and funding

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Community Grants up for Grabs!

FBA is seeking expressions of interest from community organisations for projects that could improve environmental outcomes in the region.

Do you have a great project idea which includes revegetation, marine debris, pest and weed management, erosion control or dune restoration activities? Or do you want to run an educational program or event to enhance community attitudes about our environment?

Community groups can apply for up to $20,000 to carry out environmental activities*

To apply download and complete the application form, for more information click here or call (07) 4999 2836 or email admin@fba.org.au

For full detail on eligible projects please download the Eligible Project Activities List here.

Call for training suppliers: land management and water quality

FBA is seeking proposals from training providers to gain pre-approval for FBA’s training subsidy program. There are two training objectives to this program: property planning and sediment control. A component of these programs is to assist landholders to attend training.

Courses that have pre-approved subsidy statuses will be advertised through FBA networks to landholders in the region. Landholders will then know, in advance, which courses they can seek re-imbursement from if they were to attend. Courses that are not on the pre-approved subsidy list will not be eligible for reimbursement through FBA.

Land management

Through funding received from the Australian Government, FBA is delivering a program to increase the number of landholders who have adopted sustainable land management practices that increase productivity and improve the quality of ecosystem services. This objective will be achieved by increasing the number of land managers who have improved their knowledge and skills in implementing sustainable land management practices and their knowledge of how these practices deliver ecosystem services.

This training component aims to increase landholder capacity to be better able to:

  • establish and manage for end of dry season ground cover targets
  • monitor ground cover and or land condition
  • use forage/feed budgets to set stocking rates.

Download the Grazing Land Management Training supplier application form.

Water quality

Through funding from the Australian Government, FBA aims to reduce sediment, nutrient and pesticide loads delivered to the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon resulting from agricultural activity in the Fitzroy Basin. Specifically for the grazing industry, the Australian Government aims to reduce the human-caused sediment loss from grazing lands by 50%.

This training component aims to increase landholder capacity to be better able to:

  • understand, develop and implement a property management plan
  • understand the advantages of improved ground cover management
  • implement management systems which ensure optimal pasture utilisation rates to improve condition of the land
  • identify areas with chronic low ground cover, susceptible land types and gullies, and implement strategies which will reduce sediment lost from these areas
  • implement practices that will result in reduced sediment loss off property and improved water quality.

Download the Improving water quality through targeted training application form.

Assessment of proposals

Training providers must clearly demonstrate how their product/s meet the program’s objectives and will lead to practice change.

FBA will assess proposals on:

  • how closely they match the training aims
  • linkages to best practice principals as defined in the Grazing BMP modules
  • value for money.

Process Schedule

To be considered, training providers must complete an application form. Proponents may submit a proposal at any time and a decision on the success of applications will be made within 10 working days of submission. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. Successful applications will remain valid until 30 June 2016, funding dependent.

Contact

For further information contact Senior Project Officer Bronwyn Roberts on (07) 4987 5637.

Improving profit and performance in the grazing industry – Reef Trust

FBA is calling for expressions of interest from graziers in the Fitzroy Basin region wanting to improve their profitability and productivity. Support to the value of $35,000 per business is on offer for training and customised professional development opportunities focused around improving profitability and performance.

Businesses will be benchmarked and graziers will be provided with information, customised training and support to improve their whole of business management. The program is coordinated by FBA, through funding from The Reef Trust and aims to improve local water quality. The Reef Trust is being delivered by the Australian Government, in collaboration with the Queensland Government, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Am I eligible?

Assistance and funding is on offer to graziers in FBA’s region who are:

  • aspiring to improve and change their management practices
  • willing to commit to work with FBA over the next 2 years.

For more details on eligibility please download the expression of interest form.

What is involved?

Participants must be willing to complete benchmarking tools and participate in training and development opportunities and ongoing surveys.  FBA has engaged professionals to assist graziers identify where they align with their peers and how they can make improvements to their business. Sharing information and lessons learned with other graziers at group events, field days and through case studies is also an important aspect of the program.

Project Priorities

Subsidised training and development opportunities and support to the value of $35,000 per business is on offer and graziers will be encouraged to adopt new practices as a result. Improving practices ultimately leads to better soil retention, reduced erosion and less sediment and nutrients reaching local waterways and the Great Barrier Reef.

Applicants not selected will still have the opportunity to take part in training and development opportunities across the region, so all graziers are encouraged to apply.

When do applications close?

Applications close 14 July 2016.

How do I apply?

To apply, download the expression of interest form and fill out your details electronically or by hand and return by the due date.

For more information please contact:

Reece Brooks
Grazing Land Management Officer
Fitzroy Basin Association Inc.
P | (07) 4999 2805 M 0447 992 800
E | Reece Brooks@fba.org.au

About Reef Trust

FBA was one of the first to be awarded funding through the Reef Trust. Our team developed a new concept to look at profit, performance and water quality outcomes in grazing and has partnered with NQ Dry Tropics to gain funding. The Reef Trust is being delivered by the Australian Government, in collaboration with the Queensland Government, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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