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Management practice indicators

Management practices are assessed in terms of their relative water quality risk from Low to High. The area managed using best management practice systems as at June 2014 is defined as the area managed under Low and Moderate-Low risk levels .

About the indicators

Confidence in management practices grade - 3 out of 5 Unlike previous years, the Reef Plan 2013 land management target is based on the area of land managed using best practice systems, rather than the number of landholders who have adopted improved practices. This is a more meaningful measure as the area of improved land management is the basis for the water quality modelling.

Scoring system

A standardised scoring system was developed for each key indicator in the report card. The scoring system is used to access and communicate progress towards the catchment targets using the following categories.

Results—colour coding
Very goodGoodModerate
PoorVery poorNo data

Further details on the scoring system (PDF, 596K) for each indicator are outlined in the supporting technical information.

Sugarcane

Area of sugarcane lands managed using best management practice systems as at June 2014. Target: 90% by 2018.

Region Pesticides Nutrients Soil
Great Barrier Reef 30% 13% 23%
Wet Tropics 22% 9% 45%
Burdekin 26% 10% 17%
Mackay Whitsunday 37% 20% 41%
Burnett Mary 42% 13% 39%

Grazing

Area of grazing lands managed using best management practice systems as at June 2014. Target: 90% by 2018.

Region Pastures Streambanks Gullies
Great Barrier Reef 28% 47% 24%
Cape York 20% 28% 34%
Wet Tropics 21% 82% 3%
Burdekin 30% 62% 26%
Mackay Whitsunday 39% 19% 37%
Fitzroy 22% 35% 20%
Burnett Mary 46% 44% 30%

Horticulture

Area of horticulture lands managed using best management practice systems as at June 2014. Target:90% by 2018.

Region Pesticides Nutrients Soil
Great Barrier Reef 45% 23% 71%
Cape York No data No data No data
Wet Tropics (bananas only) No data 52% 53%
Burdekin 60% 17% 67%
Mackay Whitsunday No data No data No data
Fitzroy 25% 8% 60%
Burnett Mary 36% 32% 74%

Grains

Area of grains managed using best management practice systems as at June 2014. Note: grains are only grown in two regions. Target: 90% by 2018.

Region Pesticides Nutrients Soil
Burdekin 91% 48% 31%
Fitzroy 70% 54% 42%

Read the detailed Management practice results (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Last updated:
17 December, 2015

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