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Farmers across Far North Queensland are digging into a range of soils management programs to help secure their futures against changing climate conditions.

The projects are focused on helping farmers shift to farming systems that build organic matter, support soil health, increase biodiversity, improve water cycling and capture carbon, which will help them adapt to a changing climate and build resilience to extreme droughts and floods.

Cape York NRM are partnering with Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (Northern Gulf RMG) to facilitate opportunities for Aboriginal people to showcase and share their cultural fire knowledge and establish a network of Aboriginal fire practitioners.

A resilient, future-focused and adaptive Cape York farming sector is the goal for the Cape York NRM’s Healthy Farming Futures project.

Healthy Farming Futures aims to help raise awareness of how climate change will impact farm practices, land condition and support the identification of adaptation strategy, increasing the resilience against the projected impacts of climate change.

As the focus on Australia’s extinction crisis heats up, Cape York Natural Resource Management and Northern Gulf Resource Management Group are working to protect the habitat of one of Cape York’s rarest birds – the golden-shouldered parrot.

2019 marks a decade of successful operation for the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program (Paddock to Reef program). 

It is through the Paddock to Reef program that Cape York NRM has effectively continued its work with landholders in the Normanby catchment of the Great Barrier Reef.  

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is conducting a survey on pest animal and weed management. They are seeking assistance from owners/managers of agricultural properties to provide vital information about pest animal and weed management in Australia. 

You are invited to complete the survey by 15 July 2019.

Simply go to to complete the survey. 

Story and photo Robyn May

Cape York NRM welcomes the Queensland Government and Cook Shire Council’s investment in Gateway to the Cape—a travellers’ rest stop and information centre in Lakeland Downs.

Gateway to the Cape Project Manager Waratah Nicholls said the $1.2 m investment in the initiative was welcome news for the community.

Story Sandra Lloyd

The Cape York landscape has ancient and fragile soils which require careful management to ensure the long-term health of the land and connecting waters of Cape York.

Story and Photo Robyn May

A large expanse of rubber vine is being treated in the Laura region by the team working for Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals (CYWAFA) Inc.

Cape York NRM supports people and organisations across the Cape with projects to improve the sustainable use of the Cape’s natural resources.

Cape York land managers’ efforts to reduce the loss of valuable top soil, and increase grazing productivity, are being supported by a suite of native grass identification tools.

Story Robyn May | Photo Michael Goddard

The West Normanby distal gully site on Springvale Station is identified as the most important sediment source in the Normanby Basin. Targeted remediation works on active gullies are being implemented to reduce erosion and protect river and Great Barrier Reef habitats.

Story Sandra Lloyd 

Grazing is a vital and significant industry on Cape York, covering around 40 percent of the region. Graziers on the eastern Cape have an important role to play in reducing cattle-driven erosion, which in turn reduces sediment in waterways, and the northern Great Barrier Reef.

Story Sandra Lloyd | Photo Tropical North Queensland

Australia has 40 species of mangroves which cover around one fifth of our coastline, about 12,000 square kilometres. Cape York has all 40 of Australian species. Only Indonesia and Brazil have more species than Australia.

Story and photo Juliana Foxlee

$186,000 has been granted to Cape York Natural Resource Management to work with graziers to improve management within the Mitchell River catchment. 

This project will see Cape York NRM and Northern Gulf RMG work alongside graziers, providing tools to assist them to develop their knowledge of native vegetation management and to identify methods that will result in the reduction of soil runoff into waterways.

Story and photo Juliana Foxlee

I am here to help with anything agriculture – that’s the message for Cape York’s agricultural community from Cape York NRM’s Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator, Andrew Hartwig.

Story Bianca Barling-Seden | Photo Andrew Hartwig

In recent years, traditional land and fire management has received widespread recognition, capturing government and private-sector interest.

Instructed by an Awu-Laya Elders fire management project in Cape York in 2004, traditional burning has flourished through the National Indigenous Fire Workshop, a community-led initiative supported by Cape York Natural Resource Management.

The flow-on effects of traditional burning are seen from soil conservation and estuary protection through to reef health.

Story Sandra Lloyd | Photo provided

Cape York Natural Resource Management (Cape York NRM) has a range of projects focusing on water quality monitoring, grazing and horticulture, weeds and feral animals and gully erosion control. These projects combine to deliver a comprehensive approach to improving the sustainability of the industries and communities on the Cape along with protecting the natural assets and improving quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

Story Sandra Lloyd

Freshwater rivers and creeks in northern Australia have cultural, environmental and economic value. These values are under threat because of introduced species including Pond Apple, Gamba Grass and feral pigs.

Story Timothy O'Reilly

The Crocodile Welcome Station Gully Restoration Project has resulted in significant reduction of the sediment load into the Normanby River catchment and the Great Barrier Reef.The Normanby Basin in south - east Cape York is the fourth largest river system flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

Story and photo Robyn May

Anthony joined Cape York Natural Resource Management in January 2019. His position supports the efficient delivery of programs by working collaboratively to develop and implement a sound organisational-wide Planning Framework and Program Logics, along with corresponding monitoring and evaluation plans.

Story and photo Robyn May

Erich’s employment as Land and Water Officer with Cape York NRM commenced in January 2019.

He came to this role with extensive experience in nature conservation and business, and brings many years of teaching expertise to the organisation. Erich has also worked in local government where he was involved in risk management and governance-related jobs.

Story and photo Robyn May

Abbey started work as Cape York NRM’s Sustainable Industries Officer in December 2018 after graduating with an Environmental Management degree specialising in Coastal and Marine Environments.

As Sustainable Industries Officer, Abbey’s work is focused on encouraging the adoption of best management practices with agricultural and grazing land managers.

Story Robyn May and Abbey Ernst | Photo Kerry Trapnell 

Abbey Ernst started work as Cape York NRM’s Sustainable Industries Officer in December 2018. She will work on the Queensland Government’s Paddock to Reef project, and the Federal Government’s Healthy Farming Futures project.