$200m reef rescue
THE Federal Government has announced a $200 million extension to the Reef Rescue program over the next five years.
Since its inception in 2008, Reef Rescue has been working with farmers and the agricultural industry to reduce sediment, pesticides and fertilisers washing out into the Great Barrier Reef.
Around 20 per cent of sugarcane growers, 11 per cent of graziers and 18 per cent of horticulture producers have adopted improved land management practices.
The extension will continue to support new water quality technologies and fund the control of crown of thorns starfish.
On the ground level, Mossman Agricultural Services manager Daryl Parker said he expected more emphasis on improving water quality rather than grants to farmers there will be with the extension.
‘‘A lot of the farmers have had some funding assistance through the program to get machinery and do drain repairs, which have all contributed to improvement of water quality,’’ he said.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation has welcomed the extension to the program but is seeking further details of the funding commitment.
The Reef Rescue Awards will be held tonight, in Cairns to celebrate land managers who have contributed to Reef Rescue outcomes.