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 undertaking is vital to protecting this valuable part of our greater ecosystem, agriculture industry and tourism”.

BMRG Chief Executive Officer Sheila Charlesworth said the Moneys Creek Catchment, east of the Sloping Hummock at Bargara, is one of the region’s most productive and valuable agricultural areas.

“The historical decline in soil health and stability within Moneys Creek Catchment and associated water quality issues in the catchment’s receiving waters, have caused longstanding issues for the local community,” she said. “The Queensland Government’s investment in this study is welcomed by all sectors of the community, and our group is looking forward to advancing this important initiative in collaboration with stakeholders.”

The aim of the study is to determine the feasibility of various land and water management options within the catchment. Once the study is completed, BMRG will work with project steering committee members, including regional technical experts, Bundaberg Regional Council, Bargara Golf Club and landowners, to secure additional funding to implement the study’s recommendations for improving the health and stability of this precious regional resource.