Cane farmers in line for reef grants
WET Tropics sugar cane farmers will receive a share of $11.8 million in grants from the Australian Government as part of the next step to help improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.
The grants will be available to farmers in the Wet Tropics and the Burdekin to support initiatives aimed at improving nitrogen use management practices.
Terrain NRM has been appointed to administer the tenders in the Wet Tropics on behalf of the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP). CEO Carole Sweatman said the ReefTrust IV funding from the Australian Government was great news for cane farmers in the region and would build upon the success of previous tenders.
“Many cane growers in the Wet Tropics are trying really hard to reduce their nitrogen inputs and as a result of the pilot reverse tenders program, in 2015/16 contracted farmers collectively reduced their nitrogen use by more than 86 tonnes,” she said.
Interested growers are invited to bid for funding through a number of competitive reverse tenders conducted over a number of years. Funds will be allocated to successful bidders offering the best valueformoney projects.
The first tender will open in early 2017. The application period is 6 February-6 March with expressions of interest to be submitted 23 January-13 February. Interested growers can find out more from their local WTSIP extension officers or from information sessions to be held in January.
For more information on the Reef Trust Repeated Tenders - Wet Tropics call 1800 899 486, email email@example.com or visit http:// www.environment.gov.au