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Grassroots Magazine

Grassroots Magazine

Blade by blade, the Grassroots Magazine illustrates how 13 landholders have improved land condition on their central Queensland properties. Filled with beautiful images and heartfelt stories the magazine showcases what’s achievable in the Fitzroy region through regenerative agriculture and hard work.

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Gully Erosion Case Study

Raglan Station - Fitzroy

Raglan Station is a 16,919 hectare property sharing frontage onto Raglan Creek, a tributary flowing directly into the Fitzroy Delta. A highly erosive gully was present on the property, measuring depths of up to 10 metres and widths of up to 20 metres in some areas. The entire length of the gullied area spanned 241 metres. Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA), with funding through the Australian Government’s Reef Trust II Program, undertook a three-pronged approach to addressing

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Australia’s largest streambank stabilisation project

Project Snapshot - Fitzroy River at Yaamba

AIM - To stabilise 1.2km of the Fitzroy River which lost 266,000 tonnes of sediment (and 20 metres of bank) during and after Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

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Bringing endangered species back from the brink

Project Snapshot- Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

OUTCOMES • Bridled Nailtail Wallaby population doubled at Taunton National Park • Population estimated to be 393 as of 2017, possibly the highest numbers since 1973 • Metapopulation plan developed • Increased capacity to establish genetically viable populations and secure species survival long-term • 24 landholders successfully engaged in coordinated feral animal control and land management practices • 2,534 hectares designated and managed as a wildlife corridor on neighbouring private property, increasing total size of suitable wallaby habitat • Wallaby habitat connectivity improved • Individual wallabies from Taunton population successfully translocated to Pillaga West National Park in NSW for breeding program

Supporting landholders to save their soils and the reef

Project Snapshot - Gully Remediation in the Fitzroy

PROJECT SUMMARY • Over 190 landholders canvassed, 44 landholders engaged across five Fitzroy subcatchments • 176 property visits and 56 site assessments • 53 erosion management plans developed • 3,441 hectares of gullies and vulnerable land (i.e. scalds) fenced for stock exclusion • 140 hectares of gullies treated through erosion control structures • 652 erosion control structures constructed • Four demonstration site field days to promote gully remediation and soil saving management practices

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Creating a legacy future generations will be proud to inherit

Project Snapshot - Establishing 'A-class' Grazing in the Burdekin and Fitzroy

PROJECT SUMMARY • Cross-regional program coordination with NQ Dry Tropics • Over 50 graziers canvassed, eight engaged in the Fitzroy Region project • The eight Fitzroy participants collectively installed 34.5km of fencing, 35.9km pipe, nine tanks and 30 troughs to facilitate offstream watering • 19 regional landholder events to support and promote improving practices • End of program celebratory Reef to Beef tour in Townsville for project participants and families

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Healing gully erosion at Waterford

Healing gully erosion at Waterford

Waterford is situated among basalt peaks characteristic of the region between Capella and Dysart and located on the watershed of the Isaac and Nogoa Rivers. It is operated by Russell and Sheryl Purvis who have owned the property for more than thirty years.

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Healing gully erosion at Mt Ball

Healing gully erosion at Mt Ball

Stuart Donaldson and his family have lived on Mt Ball since 1997, a 9,000 ha property originally part of the neighbouring property Keilambete purchased by his father in 1968. Mt Ball is situated on the Clermont-Rubyvale road (north-west of Rubyvale) and consists mostly of undulating country of very old geology scattered with numerous ‘younger’ basalt peaks.

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Healing gully erosion at Junee

Healing gully erosion at Junee

The titles for Junee have been in the Luck family (Richard, Gaye, Matt, Jo and Nerida) for almost 100 years. The 25,000 hectare property, which has considerable river frontage, extends from the Junee tableland to the Mackenzie River.

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