Chief Water Quality Scientist Visits BMRG

Feb 22, 2016

As part of the consultation process associated with the release of the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce Interim Report, Chief Scientist and Chair of the Water Quality Taskforce, Dr Geoff Garrett AO has been touring the Reef catchment regions to meet with NRM groups, Industry representatives and landholders to hear their views on improving water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.

The Water Quality Taskforce's key objective is to provide advice to the Queensland Government on how to direct funding to help ensure that clean water flows from the rivers to the sea to protect the Reef for future generations.

On February 16, it was the Burnett Mary's turn to discuss this topic with Dr Garrett in Bundaberg. BMRG staff organised two landholder visits to local farmers who have received funding through Reef Water Quality Grants to implement practice change that has improved their productivity and achieved water quality outcomes as well.

The projects undertaken by the two farmers included the use of trickle irrigation, fertigation and composting which have scored well in terms of implementing innovative practices on farm.

Innovative practices such as these are one of the key recommendations of the interim report and Professor Garrett was able to see first hand how it is being implemented in our region.

Following the on farm visits, Dr Garrett met with BMRG, members of the three canegrower organisations in the region, and a representative from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to highlight the role the Burnett Mary can play in delivering on Reef water quality targets as the southernmost of the Reef catchments.



From left to right: Cathy Mylrea (BMRG), Wayne Stanley (Isis Canegrowers), Sue Sargent (BMRG), Dale Holliss, Matt Leighton (Bundaberg Canegrowers), Andrew Dougall (Maryborough Canegrowers), Fred Bennett (BMRG), Steve Ginns (DAFF), Dr Geoff Garrett AO and Emily Maher (BMRG)

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