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302, 2020

Burnett Mary Regional Community Grants Program

By |February 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Burnett Mary Regional Grants Program – Successful Applicants! BMRG is delighted to announce the successful recipients of funding under the first round of our Burnett Mary Regional Grants Program. This program was developed in response to feedback from our regional natural resource management (NRM) prioritisation workshops in 2018. Workshop participants indicated that a priority requirement was funding assistance for building NRM groups’ organisational and administrative capacity. Thank you to all applicants [...]

1210, 2020

2020 Annual General Meeting and Board Director Election

By |October 12th, 2020|Categories: News|

The Burnett Mary Regional Group is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 27th November at the Bargara Cultural Centre. We look forward to sharing with you our accomplishments over the past year and sincerely hope that you can join us. At this time, BMRG is also calling a general election for five Board Director positions. The election process will be conducted between 12th October [...]

1704, 2020

By |April 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

RESILIENT AND PRODUCTIVE FARMING IN THE INLAND BURNETT Hillslope erosion in the inland Burnett Mary area has been identified as a priority issue by the Australian Government, as supported by groundcover spatial datasets (Bare Ground Index) interrogated by BMRG. The  land management practices that improve hillslope erosion (i.e. increase groundcover) and productivity in grazing are well understood and documented in the Reef Plan Paddock to Reef Grazing Water Quality [...]

204, 2020

BMRG “CELEBRATING NATURE’S RESILIENCE’ PHOTO COMPETITION RESULTS

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

Thank you to everyone who entered our "Celebrating Nature's Resilience" Photo Competition! The judges were very impressed with the standard of photography and particularly loved the stories that accompanied the photos. Both categories (open and junior) proved very difficult in selecting 'place-getters'. In fact, we have decided that the Junior entries were ALL of such a high standard, particularly the lovely 'resilience' stories,  that we are sending prize packs out to [...]

3103, 2020

Tom and Rocky – the Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program

By |March 31st, 2020|Categories: News|

Rocky and his handler Tom Garrett have played a massive role in protecting both fresh and saltwater turtle nests from fox predation in the Burnett and Fraser Coast regions. Five years in, the results speak for themselves! Take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm42zTyN1RQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0o_qKTuf-gG0PlBtXX4uWEAbHq-ebc7uhDwaltNEvsGK71-0EYOz3Nn9Y  

1903, 2020

Postponement of Previously Advertised Public Events

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Most previously advertised public events that were planned for our region have now been postponed. These include: An Evening with Jason Strong - Gympie Grazing Naturally with Dick Richardson - Wondai Balancing Pasture Supply and Demand - Rosedale and Teebar Horticulture Industry Information Evening - Mundubbera Breeder Management Workshops - Miriam Vale and Gayndah Weed Identification and Hygiene Training - Avondale, Childers & Wondai Cooloola BioBlitz - Cooloola Coast Next Gen [...]

603, 2020

ON AIR – Emma Baker

By |March 6th, 2020|Categories: News|

Our Grazing Extension Officer, Emma Baker, was getting the word out on ABC Wide Bay radio recently. Emma chatted with David Dowsett about the work of BMRG and particularly her project, Better Beef for the Reef. To listen to Emma's interview, click play on the recording below.

2102, 2020

Restoration Plan Underway for Burnett and Mary Rivers

By |February 21st, 2020|Categories: News|

Together, the Burnett and Mary Catchments represent two of the highest contributors of fine sediment of the 35 catchments that drain to the Great Barrier Reef.  Most of this sediment comes from streambank erosion and grazing areas. The catchments also contribute significant loads of dissolved inorganic nitrogen mostly from sugarcane, grazing and sewage treatment plants. Major flooding in the Mary River and Burnett River catchments in 2011 and 2013 also [...]

302, 2020

Free Gully Erosion Guide

By |February 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Not many land managers enjoy the prospect of losing valuable soil through gully erosion. Unfortunately, many of the soils throughout Queensland have naturally occurring high sodium levels (sodic soils) which makes them particularly vulnerable to gully erosion. The highest sodium levels are often found in the sub-soil clay which may only be 10-30cm from the surface. The surface soil may be stable and healthy despite the fragile sodic soil underneath.  [...]

3101, 2020

Federal Environment Minister Comes to Bundaberg

By |January 31st, 2020|Categories: News|

We were delighted to host the Honourable Sussan Ley, Federal Minister for the Environment, on her visit to Bundaberg on Thursday 30 January. BMRG CEO, Sheila Charlesworth, invited the Federal Minister to visit the Bundaberg Region when she was at a bushfire roundtable discussion at Parliament House earlier this month. Sheila said Minister Ley had heard about the wonderful environmental and farming initiatives happening in the Bundaberg Region and the [...]

2801, 2020

Property Mapping Skills Prove Invaluable

By |January 28th, 2020|Categories: News|

Accurate layouts of fences and pipelines… plotting of watering points…measurement and planning of paddocks. These are just some of the skills that landholders acquired during a recent workshop in Mundubbera. The workshop, delivered by the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and hosted by Central Burnett Landcare, stepped participants through some practical applications offered by the Queensland Government’s online mapping tool, ‘Queensland Globe’. Workshop trainer, BMRG’s Grazing Extension Officer Ryan Trott, [...]

212, 2019

The Last 30 Years in Weather – Regional Weather and Climate Guide

By |December 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|

BoM, CSIRO and Farmlink have collaborated to produce localised climate guides for Australia, presenting historical weather and climate information from the last 30 years of observations, and in doing so, describe the current climate in the context of short-term and long-term regional variability. The aim is to provide farmers and agribusinesses with agriculturally relevant climate information for decision making. A region specific guide is available here.

2211, 2019

New Pasture Growth Tool on Long Paddock

By |November 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|

Knowing what tercile (top, middle or bottom third) your pasture is predicted to grow over the coming three months may be of interest to local graziers. This new tool released by the Department of Environment and Science is available from the Long Paddock website. To learn how it can be used, click here.

811, 2019

Bushfire Assistance

By |November 8th, 2019|Categories: News|

Our thoughts are with those affected by bush fires this week. If you're a primary producer impacted by bushfires, you can apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration to assist recovery. Information on applying for an IDSP can be found on the DAF website or by phoning 13 25 23.

611, 2019

Community Day Showcases Mary River Projects

By |November 6th, 2019|Categories: News|

The banks of the Mary River at Kenilworth were a hive of activity last week when the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) hosted a community day to showcase the major streambank rehabilitation projects being undertaken in the area. The Mary River has been identified as one of the five highest contributors of fine sediment to the Great Barrier Reef and the highest contributor to the Great Sandy Strait. To address [...]

810, 2019

Landholders – Tell it like it is

By |October 8th, 2019|Categories: News|

Townsville based grazier and researcher, Natalie Hughes, wants to know about your current beliefs, attitudes and practices around best management practices and the amended vegetation and reef regulations. If you're an owner or manager of agricultural land, have your say and support Natalie in her survey. All responses are anonymous. The survey can be accessed here.

810, 2019

Survey – Information Availability in the Inland Burnett

By |October 8th, 2019|Categories: News|

The Burnett Catchment Care Association want to identify the gaps in resources available to landholders, the usefulness of current resources and the impediments to access. BCCA are wanting to create an online information hub with regionally specific information ranging from land types, soils, mapping, pests and weeds to natural disaster information and landholder funding. All landholders in the Inland Burnett are encouraged to complete this short survey.

1208, 2019

Money for Moneys Creek

By |August 12th, 2019|Categories: News|

The Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) is delighted to be receiving funding from the Queensland Government to investigate soil heath and stability issues within the Moneys Creek catchment at Bargara. The funding is part of the government’s Natural Resource Investment Program, aimed at improving and repairing Queensland’s waterways, Great Barrier Reef, soil and plant life. In announcing the funding, Natural Resource Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said, “The work BMRG is [...]

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