Reef Trust: Fifty Percent Reduction in Gully Erosion from High Priority Sub-Catchments in the Normanby

The primary objective of this project is to impriove the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon specifically targetting the reduction of sediment load flowing from within the GBR catchment. In order to achieve a reduction in sediment load the project is utilising the most advanced spatial gully prioritisation method to target the implementation of cost effective on ground action with the aim of producing a 50% reduction in sediment load being caused by gully errosion in the highest priority sub-catchments within the Normanby Basin.

Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meterology is Australia's official National weather, climate, and water agency providing observational, meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services and resources to assist Australian's with the complexities of their natural environment.

Natural Heritage Trust

The Natural Heritage Trust was set up by the Commonwealth Government in 1997 with the passing of the Natural Heritage Trust Act 1997. The purpose of the Natural Heritage Trust was to allocate funding on a regional, community, and state/national level to Natural Resource Management organisations until 2008 when the activities of the Natural Heritage Trust became included under the responsiblity of Caring for Our Country. 

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is a statutory authority established under the Australian Marititme Safety Authority Act 1990 (the AMSA Act). Australian Maritime Safety Authority principal functions are:

  • promoting maritime safety and protection of the marine environment
  • preventing and combating ship-sourced pollution in the marine environment
  • providing infrastructure to support safety of navigation in Australian waters
  • providing a national search and rescue service to the maritime and aviation sectors.

Reef Rescue Research and Development

The $200 million Caring for Our Country Reef Rescue program seeks to reduce the amount of nutrients, chemicals and sediments entering the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) by assisting farmers and graziers in Reef catchments to adopt land management practices that improve the quality of the water leaving their properties.

A key component of Reef Rescue is the AU $9 million Reef Rescue Water Quality Research and Development program (Reef Rescue R&D) to improve our understanding of the link between land management practices and environmental impacts.

(former) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts

The Depratment of the Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts was an Australian Government Department established in December 2007 and Dissolved in September 2010. Its superseding agency was the Department of Sustainability, Water, Environment, Population and Communities (former). 

The Department focused on issues such as Environment protection and conservation of biodiveristy, air quality, meteorolgy, land contamination, ionospheric predicition, cultural affairs, natural, built and movable cultural heritage, and water policy and resurces among others. 

Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

In 2005 a consotrium led by Charles Darwin University, CSIRO, Griffith University, the North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Allianca and the University of Western Australia spent two years developinga program for the first stage of research of TRaCK.

TRaCK aims to provide the science and knowledge that governments, communities and industries need for the sustainable use and management of Australia’s tropical rivers and estuaries.

Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change in the Cape York NRM Region

Cape York NRM has adoped a socio-ecological systems approach towards development of an NRM plan that considers the distinctive cultural and social landscapes of Cape York. Ongoing community consultation confirms that it is "time for implementation" hence the process involves "planning by doing" engagement strategies, integratation of past and current synthesised studies and relevant plans, and recent environmental accounts conducted on Cape York.