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Cape York grazing update

A lot has been happening around the Cape. 

July saw the completion of the ten property action plans from the Normanby, Jeannie, and Endeavour catchments. These plans covered an area of around 109,000 hectares of land on the Eastern Cape. 

“Our graziers have come up with some excellent plans for improving grazing land management on the eastern Cape,” said Cape York NRM staff member Harry James.

“Because of the Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions [GRASS] program, we have been able to help with getting some of their ideas funded. Three properties submitted expressions of interest through the Catchments to Coral Program, funded through the Australian Government’s Reef Trust program.”

The Catchments to Coral program aims to support Cape York land managers to deliver land management activities that deliver positive outcomes for coastal ecosystems and species protection. 

The GRASS properties submitted proposals with plans to help protect sensitive waterways and wetlands which feed into reef catchments, and to tackle Weeds of National Significance.

Through the Queensland Government’s Natural Resource Investment Program, works are well underway in the Joint Management Area—wetland fencing, off-stream watering points, gully remediation, paddock fencing, and weed management projects are all in progress.

Five new properties in the Joint Management Area have joined the National Resource Investment Program, and are working with Cape York NRM and Gulf Savannah NRM (previously Northern Gulf RMG) project teams to develop property plans and projects for improving grazing land condition. 

These projects are assisting Cape York land managers to improve management capacity and land condition, supporting successful beef businesses and a healthy country.