At 156,000 square kilometres, Fitzroy is the largest region draining into the Great Barrier Reef. The region experiences highly variable rainfall, high evaporation rates and prolonged dry periods that are often followed by floods.
The region includes important areas of remnant and threatened vegetation communities (e.g., Brigalow and native grasslands). Grazing is the predominant land use, but there are also large areas of irrigated and dryland cropping.
The Regional Natural Resource Management body, the Fitzroy Basin Association, and industry partners are working with landholders to reduce sediments, nutrients and pesticides to the Great Barrier Reef through the promotion of best management practice systems and implementing on-ground works to restore degraded areas and increase groundcover in grazing lands.