Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) is Central Queensland’s leading natural resource management (NRM) body. We work to protect the Fitzroy Basin’s special places and species, promote sustainable industries, and reduce the impacts our region has on the Great Barrier Reef. At over 156,000 km2, and including over 20,000 km of waterways, the Fitzroy Basin is the largest river system draining into the waters of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. More than 3,700 agricultural businesses operate in our region, and about 20 per cent of Queensland’s 12 million head of cattle are grazed here.
Our mission is to empower our region with the resources, knowledge and skills to maintain our natural assets for future generations.
Inspired and empowered communities who value our natural assets.
We know our vision is ambitious. To achieve it, we join forces with other organisations and people who have the expertise and knowledge to help us build a sustainable future for the Fitzroy Basin’s communities, environment and industries. We work closely with delivery partners to implement our programs. Read more about how we partner with other organisations to protect our region’s natural assets.
Are there other groups like FBA?
FBA is one of 14 regional bodies in Queensland and 56 Australia wide that help communities manage natural resources more wisely.
The groups have different names and structures, but they do similar work in supporting land managers, protecting special landscapes and species, developing projects that improve sustainability, and providing input into planning and development.
In Queensland these regional bodies are represented by an organisation called the Regional NRM Groups Collective (www.rgc.org.au).
How is FBA funded?
Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) receives funding through Australian and Queensland Government programmes. In particular we are working with the Australian Government through its Reef Programme, Reef Trust and National Landcare Programmes.
Reef Programme funding is invested in a wide range of projects aimed at reducing the amount of sediments, nutrients and chemicals that reach the reef. Reef Trust funding is delivered in stages, FBA has been successful gaining investment through the programme in training and education and gully erosion projects. National Landcare Programme funding is invested in a wide range of biodiversity, community and sustainable agriculture projects.
FBA also receives funding from the Queensland Government for other important work to support sustainable development, threatened species and land management practices.
We occasionally receive small grants through other funding sources.
When and why did Fitzroy Basin Association form?
A Fitzroy catchment group began in 1994, springing from community concern about land use and management and its impact on waterway health. A group called the Interim Fitzroy Catchment Coordinating Group was established to progress the development of a catchment management plan.
In 1994 the group incorporated, and in 1997 it became known as Fitzroy Basin Association. We have years of experience working with the community, graziers, farmers and industry to improve how our landscapes and waterways are used, to ensure they remain in good condition for many more generations!
What is the history behind your office building?
FBA moved into offices in the historic old post office building in Rockhampton in 2011, becoming its first occupants since it was vacated by Australia Post in 1997. This grand two-storey brick post office with sandstone facing was erected in 1892 for the Queensland Post and Telegraph Department.
It was designed in the office of Colonial Architect George Connolly, and was built by Dennis Kellaher for £14,368. It was the sixth post office to be established in Rockhampton after a succession of temporary and superseded post offices. In 1863 the first official Postmaster was appointed and a temporary wooden post office building was constructed on the present post office site between 1863 and 1865. During this period Rockhampton’s postal services expanded greatly. In 1876, the Rockhampton Post Office had processed more than a quarter of a million ordinary letters and fifteen thousand registered letters as well as providing money order and savings bank services.
By 1886 the old post office of twenty years was too small and the Colonial Architect was requested to plan a new building. The present post office was constructed of brick with a facade of sandstone from the nearby Stanwell Quarries. The clock tower was installed in September 1894 by the Government Clockmaker. (The clock was made by Gillet and Johnston of Croydon, England, and cost £325.)
The interior of the Post Office was refurbished in 1980 with the exterior maintaining its grand colonnaded facades. The most recent refurbishment undertaken by CBD Property Trust has reinvigorated the interior of the building, which has been turned into ideal office space. As its newest residents, FBA looks forward to a long and successful future in the beautiful and historic Post Office building.
How do we help the community use resources more wisely?
We have a plan
FBA coordinates a regional natural resource management strategy – that means we develop targets with community input and make sure we are on track to achieve them.
Central Queensland is experiencing profound change in industry, land use, community and climate. Planning allows us to capitalise on the opportunities while managing risks. The Central Queensland Sustainability Strategy 2030 (CQSS:2030) draws on the best available knowledge so we can work together to protect our natural assets: it’s vital for our region’s continued balanced growth. CQSS:2030 provides a blueprint for how we can work together to better manage and protect our natural assets. Have your say on the strategy – http://cqss2030.com.au/
We make change happen
Most FBA projects involve making changes on farms to reduce contaminants leaving properties in run-off and entering waterways. Other projects often focus on minimising impacts on special landscapes or reducing threats to native plants and animals.
FBA’s vision is ambitious and we can’t physically do all the work ourselves, so we join forces with others or disperse funding to people with the expertise and local knowledge needed.
For example, to care for agricultural land we directly contract willing land managers, but the main point of contact for farmers and graziers is through one of FBA’s three delivery partners – local groups based in each major sub-catchment of the Fitzroy Basin.
How do you protect natural assets, produce food and maintain a strong economy?
FBA is the voice for sustainable development in central Queensland. We provide input via committees, participate in advisory groups, support community consultation, respond to development proposals, and talk directly to governments.
Knowledge is valued by FBA. We believe that understanding our local environment is a first step towards managing it effectively for the future.
FBA supports research projects about plants, animals, habitats, and land management practices and technologies.
By running practical workshops for farmers and graziers that help them run a more sustainable business, and community events that raise awareness about environmental issues (check out our events calendar).
We also share information about the basin and run customised presentations for groups and students at FLOW Visitors Centre – our free educational facility in the centre of Rockhampton.
We celebrate success
FBA communicates success stories – it builds understanding and encourages more involvement. We showcase the efforts of people that restore, improve and manage our natural assets. They deserve a pat on the back! Read success stories on our case studies page.