The world is concerned about the health of the Great Barrier Reef, and so are we.

Over 60% of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park lies off the coast of the Cape York NRM management area. While land managers can’t stop bleaching events, we are working together across Cape York to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

With each positive action we take to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality, we can help build the resilience of the reef, and perhaps give it a better chance to recover when bleaching events, natural disasters and other significant events occur.

To work collectively on looking after the Reef, organisations from across the state have partnered to form the Reef Alliance. The Reef Alliance secured funding through The Reef Trust Phase III to work on Reef projects within the agriculture industry.

The Reef Trust Phase III Reef Alliance ‘Growing a Great Barrier Reef’ project is a partnership between agricultural industry and regional NRM bodies, and is facilitated by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF). The common goal is to secure the future health of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Alliance Program is funded by the Australian Government Reef Trust.

Within this state-wide collaboration, Cape York NRM has partnered with Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), South Cape York Catchments (SCYC) and AgForce for The Reef Alliance Cape York Grazing Project.

The project is providing Cape York’s grazing land managers with training, technical advice and onground works to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality while contributing to profitability and grazing effciency.

For land managers who want to know more, the contacts across the partner organisations are listed below. By working together across agencies and the landscape, we can all do our part to look after the Great Barrier Reef.

- Mike Goddard Cape York NRM
0498 7600 22 mgoddard@capeyorknrm.com.au

- Jessie Price SCYC
0419 972 897 jessie@scyc.com.au

- Tim McGrath DAF
0427 405 011 Timothy.McGrath@daf.qld.gov.au

- Will Higham Cape York NRM
0488 980 090 whigham@capeyorknrm.com.au

- Paul Burke AgForce
0427 577 116 burkep@agforceqld.org.au