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Improving soil health with Nicole Masters

Soils for Success Workshop Summary

To help central Queensland growers and graziers improve their soil health, FBA brought the internationally acclaimed soil expert Nicole Masters to the region. Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, systems thinker and educator. With over 20 years’ experience, she is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker on the topic of soil health. Watch this video to learn more about Nicole and the workshop. If you want to know more about improving soils health read our blog or get in contact with one of our Land Management Officers (07 4999 2800).

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Fitzroy Region – Understand Your Flood Risk

Fitzroy Regional Resilience Strategy

Learn about the Fitzroy Basin in Central Queensland and understand your flood risk. The Fitzroy Basin includes eleven catchments, with their creeks and rivers flowing into the Fitzroy River and its estuaries eventually flowing out to the Great Barrier Reef. The Queensland Government has partnered with six councils to deliver the Fitzroy Regional Resilience Strategy, which uses a collaborative catchment approach for best practice management of flood warning infrastructure. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a consistent and coordinated approach to manage flood warning infrastructure throughout the region that will enhance community safety and resilience. The Strategy has been developed in consultation with Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC); Banana Shire Council; Central Highlands Regional Council; Isaac Regional Council; Livingstone Shire Council; Rockhampton Regional Council; Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council; with input from supporting stakeholder agencies including the Bureau of Meteorology, Fitzroy Basin Association and SunWater.

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Carbon Farming Flyer

Carbon Farming for central Queensland Landholders

Carbon farming is any agricultural practice that increases or preserves carbon in soil and vegetation. Scientists have observed that since the industrial revolution there is more carbon in the atmosphere. There are many benefits to be gained through carbon farming including increased productivity, income diversification, profitability and a healthier planet. By working with FBA, landholders have an opportunity to implement practices that increase and preserve carbon in plants and soils. The investment in carbon credits accrued through carbon farming is emerging as a priority for key industries such as transport, mining and aviation. The carbon market is providing a unique opportunity for landholders to improve their land condition as well as gain returns on productive, unproductive or unused land.

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Gambay – First Languages map

First Languages Australia

First Languages Australia is working with regional language centres nationally to develop a map of Australian languages that reflects the names and groupings favoured by community.

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Paddock to Reef Flyer

How Sediment Affects the Reef

The Fitzroy Basin is the largest catchment draining to the Great Barrier Reef. Pollutants (like sediment) that enter waterways as far inland as Emerald can make their way to the reef, negatively impacting its health.

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The benefits of canopy cover in grazing enterprises

Trees - the root of productivity

Native trees in grazing paddocks are providing central Queensland landholders with a variety of benefits. Keeping a 30% to 40% canopy cover on grazing land is helping local graziers improve their productivity and land condition. This flyer illustrates a few of the many benefits that native trees provide.

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The Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) Program

Do you have poor or degraded ground cover? FBA can help

The Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) program can help graziers improve poor and degraded land and meet the requirements under the Reef protection regulations. FBA has five Accredited Agricultural Advisers who can assist landholders to meet the minimum agricultural requirements for grazing at no cost. To get involved in this program or learn more about FBA's Accredited Agricultural Advisers download this flyer.

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Case study – one-on-one property visit leaves a large legacy

Offmore Farm Case Study

Scotty and Josie Finlayson aren't your average central Queensland landholders, instead of cattle or crops their paddocks contain liberty trained horses ready to perform in Australia's biggest shows. Through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program, Senior FBA Land Management Officer, Ellie Carter, organised a one-on-one property visit to help the Finlayson's improve the condition of their newly acquired property.

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Soil Health Hub

Everything you need to know about great soil biology

Terrain NRM’s Soil Health Hub is an ever-expanding resource library for the collective dirt they have compiled on the What, Why, Where, Who and How of great soil biology.

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