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Responding to the challenge

Desired outcome

Landholders adopt management systems that maximise reef water quality improvements while maintaining and enhancing resilience, business performance and environmental outcomes.

Government policies and programs that support Reef Plan goals and targets are maintained.

Within the overall management system, Reef Plan focuses on the suite of complementary practices that need to be implemented in a systematic way to achieve cost effective pollutant reductions.

Programs that proactively engage landholders to engender change need to be developed, implemented and continuously improved. The focus is on voluntary adoption programs, such as extension, training, planning, incentives and Best Management Practice programs, to stimulate a permanent move towards practices and systems that achieve cost effective reductions in pollutant loss. A key to achieving this is through targeted and coordinated delivery across the range of programs at a Great Barrier Reef-wide, regional or catchment scale, responding to regional priorities.

Action

Deliverables

Timeframe

Lead organisation/s

Contributors

4. Increase understanding of farm management practices and systems, economics and water quality benefits.

Review existing commodity specific management practices and identify the most critical, cost effective and profitable management practices and systems.

June 2014 and updated biennially thereafter

QDAFF, DEHP

Management Practice Advisory
Group, industry groups,
regional NRM organisations,
DSITIA, CSIRO, private providers,
research organisations,
DSEWPaC, DAFF

Use this information to prioritise investment of the most critical, cost effective and profitable practices and systems at a regional/catchment scale.

Ongoing

Regional NRM
delivery agents

DSEWPaC, DAFF, QDAFF, DEHP,
DNRM, industry groups

5. Deliver targeted and coordinated extension, best management practice and incentive activities to maximise uptake of management practices and systems.

Update Extension and Education Strategy in light of best available science and new and emerging initiatives.

June 2014

QDAFF

Management Practice Advisory
Group, DEHP, regional NRM
organisations, industry groups,
DSEWPaC, DAFF

Formalise a ReefNet network of catchment, regional and reef-wide groups to share information and facilitate coordination of activities.

June 2014

QDAFF

Industry groups, DEHP,
DSEWPaC, DNRM, regional
NRM organisations, private
providers

Work with industry and government to ensure that activities such as extension, incentives and best management practice are targeted and coordinated at the regional level to help accelerate long term management system change.

June 2014
and review
annually

Regional NRM
delivery agents

Regional NRM organisations,
industry groups, QDAFF, DEHP,
DNRM, DSEWPaC, DAFF

Develop and implement best management practice programs for sugarcane and grazing and continue the horticulture, grains and cotton best management practice programs.

June 2014

Industry
groups,
regional NRM
organisations

DEHP, QDAFF

6. Maintain and enhance policies and programs that support Reef Plan goals and targets.

Adaptively manage the delivery of the second phase of Caring for our Country Reef Rescue to support Reef Rescue and Reef Plan goals and targets.

Ongoing

DSEWPaC,
DAFF

Regional NRM organisations,
industry groups

Adaptively manage the delivery of the Queensland NRM investment program to support Reef Plan goals and targets.

Ongoing

DNRM

DSEWPaC, DPC, DEHP, DSITIA,
QDAFF

Maintain and report annually on new land management agreements in reef catchments where leases trigger the Queensland’s State Rural Leasehold Land Strategy.

Annually

DNRM

QDAFF, DSITIA

Maintain Queensland reef protection legislation until best management practice programs have effect.

Review June
2014

DEHP

QDAFF, industry groups, DPC

Review Queensland reef protection legislation in line with Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority chemical reviews, and as best management practice programs have effect.

Review June
2014

DEHP, QDAFF

Industry groups, regional NRM
organisations, DPC, QDAFF

Maintain wetlands protection and healthy waterways protection through the single state planning policy.

December
2013

DEHP

DSDIP

Statutory regional planning process to consider Reef Plan goals and targets.

Ongoing

DSDIP

QDAFF, GBRMPA, DEHP, DPC,
DNRM, LGAQ

Water Quality Improvement Planning process (aligned with Healthy Waters Management Plan guideline under the Environment Protection Policy Water) to consider Reef Plan’s long term goal and use consistent modelling information to set regional and subregional water quality and management action targets that align with Reef Plan.

June 2014
and updated
as required

Regional NRM
delivery agents

DSEWPaC, DPC, DNRM, DEHP,
LGAQ

Foster and recognise stewardship activities within farming, grazing, councils and schools across the Great Barrier Reef catchment that help achieve Reef Plan outcomes.

Ongoing

GBRMPA

DSEWPaC, LGAQ, regional NRM
organisations

Ensure consistency between grazing, cane and other industry best management practices and GBRMPA’s Reef Guardian program outcomes.

June 2014

GBRMPA

DEHP, DAFF, DPC, DSEWPaC,
regional NRM organisations

Integrate and complement Reef Plan with any relevant policies and programs which emerge from the comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone and the associated long term plan for sustainable development.

June 2015

DSEWPaC,
DPC

GBRMPA, DSDIP, DPC, DEHP

Establish an agreed framework for reef water quality offsets that delivers more strategic outcomes, including a net improvement to the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

June 2014

DEHP

GBRMPA, DSEWPaC, DAFF

Last updated:
27 August, 2014
Last reviewed:
25 September, 2013

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