Reef Rescue R&D Regional Science Forum: Burnett-Mary

Informing Prioritisation of Reef Rescue 2 Delivery: 16 and 17 October, 2013


To facilitate uptake of Reef Rescue R&D results, five regional forums were resourced through Reef Rescue 2 to bring researchers, managers and research users together to review the research outcomes, and discuss how to progress these outcomes into practical on-ground benefits. Information relevant to the Burnett Mary NRM region was presented in Bundaberg on 16 and 17 October 2013.  The forum was coordinated by the RRRC in collaboration with the Burnett Mary Regional Group.

The forums will inform prioritisation of Reef Rescue 2 delivery, including guidance for water quality grants and systems repair projects, identification of future R&D needs, and provision of information for Water Quality Improvement Plans. The five regional forums have been well attended, generating robust discussions about how research results can inform on-ground actions and future investment.

The outcomes of all of the forums are combined into a summary report that will be uploaded soon. 

The presentations delivered at the Forum are available below.

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Day 1- Wednesday 16th October

Session 1 - Introduction

pdfReef Rescue II overview454.08 KB (Amy McGrath)
pdfReef Plan 3 overview/P2R2 update1.25 MB (Amy McGrath)
pdfOverview of industry involvement and proposed extension model – cane565.7 KB (Matt Keally)
pdfEconomics of horticulture practice change1.15 MB (Rob Doyle)

Session 2 – Science Presentation - General

Great Barrier Reef Overview (Jon Brodie)
pdfThe influence of the Burnett-Mary Rivers on the marine environment6.52 MB (Michelle Devlin)
Overview of coral reef monitoring in the Burnett-Mary region (Ian Butler)

Session 3 – Science Presentation – Management Practices

pdfSummary of from Chapter 5 in the Scientific consensus statement1.59 MB (Mark Silburn)

Cane Practices

pdfManaging nutrient runoff from cane499.74 KB (Phil Moody)

pdfPesticide management in cane3.26 MB (Stephen Lewis)

Grazing Practices

Grazing- overarching management practices (Mark Silburn)
pdfGrazing - land condition, cover and soil disturbance impacts on hydrology and run-off water quality1.62 MB (Bruce Cowie)
pdfRunoff water quality from grazing1.38 MB (Amanda Elledge)
pdfManaging pollutant runoff risks from dairy2.07 MB (Ross Henry)

Day 2: Thursday October 17 2013

Getting ground cover right – thresholds and baselines for a healthier reef (Terry Beutel)
pdfManaging pollutant runoff from bananas2.07 MB (John Armour)

Session 4 - Economics of changing practices

pdfPollutant loads by sub catchment (modelling524.83 KB (Bantie Fentie)

pdfFactors affecting adoption of land management practices that have water quality benefits in the GBR catchments468.2 KB (Delwar Akbar)
Great Barrier Reef coastal ecosystem data and mapping (Leigh Grey)

pdfBurnett Mary NRM region Reef Rescue Investment Prioritisation1.43 MB (Michele Barson)

Session 5- Water Quality Improvement Planning

pdfMaking informed and realistic decisions about water quality targets and implications for agriculture1.54 MB (Anna Roberts)
Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Burnett- Mary region (Fred Bennett)

pdfBurnett-Mary Water Quality Risk Assessment2.87 MB (Jane Waterhouse)

pdfSummary of system repair projects1.46 MB (Emily Maher)