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Introducing Colin to the Cape

If you’re a Cape York farmer or grazier  you may have already heard from Colin Rossiter who recently joined the Cape York NRM team as Sustainable Industries Officer.

Colin has a background in Science, and has completed a Bachelor of Arts—History and Sociology.

Initially, Colin will be working in Lakeland, north west Cape, and Normanby catchment areas.

Having come on board amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Colin managed to overcome the challenge of the travel restrictions the virus generated by using technology to meet and engage with land managers, and research the full extent of his role. 

“Beginning online, I’ve done desktop research and had meetings to get up to speed on the scope of each of my projects, he said.

“It’s been a slow start, with a makeshift work space in the lounge room, but it has been OK.”

Colin is currently working on three projects:

  • The Paddock to Reef focuses on improving Great Barrier Reef water quality through improvement in soil, nutrient and pesticide management, water use efficiency, and targeted pest and weed control.
  • The Healthy Farming Futures project aims to increase and maintain ground cover and biodiversity, remediate erosion hotspots where practical, and reduce the amount of sediment heading out to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • The Land Restoration Fund project will examine the feasibility of a combined carbon, culture, ecology and economies model for carbon trading in the Normanby basin. 

Colin said he was focused on working with local landholders to develop win-win sustainability solutions for their farms. 

“From a human perspective, agriculture is an essential part of any region and sustainable agricultural practices ensure landholders reap the benefits of their diligent work while maintaining and improving the quality of natural areas. Focusing on increased farm profitability and viability while promoting environmental stewardship, sustainable agriculture really is a win-win for all involved. Healthy land is the most productive land, culturally, economically and environmentally. 

“I cannot wait until movement restrictions are eased and I’m able to explore this incredible landscape more widely”. 

The Paddock to Reef project is funded by Queensland Government’s Natural Resources Investment Program

The Healthy Farming Futures project is supported by Cape York NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program

The Land Restoration Fund is supported by the Queensland Government and delivered by Cape York NRM, CSIRO and The Nature Conservanc

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