Reef Rescue Water Quality Grants & Partnerships

The Reef Rescue program is a five year, $200 million investment by the Australian Government under its Caring for Our Country initiative. This initiative takes a coordinated approach to restoring the health of Australia's environment and building on improved land management practices.

Reef Rescue aims to improve the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef lagoon by increasing the adoption of land management practices that reduce the run-off of nutrients, chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides and sediments from agricultural land.

The majority of Reef Rescue funds are allocated to Water Quality Incentive Grants to support voluntary action by farmers and land managers in catchments draining to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

pdfReef Rescue Impact Statement 2011.pdf1.88 MB

Who is involved

The Australian Government funds Reef Rescue projects through a collaborative partnership between regional natural resource management groups and peak agricultural industry bodies. The partnership aims to promote the uptake of land management practices that increase the sustainability of farming and work toward reducing sediment, nutrient and pesticide losses from paddocks.

Reef Rescue Partners 

Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management
Fitzroy Basin Association
Reef Catchments
NQ Dry Tropics
Terrain NRM
Cape York Sustainable Futures
Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation

The network is supported by Queensland Regional NRM Groups' Collective and Queensland Farmers Federation

Enquiries about Reef Rescue can be directed to one of the organisations listed above, or to Queensland Regional NRM Groups' Collective, 07 4699 5000

Reef Rescue Case Studies

Upper Catchment Impacts

Fencing projects benefit the Cape

Grazing management support continues in the Burnett

Reef Rescue investment a success for grazier

Productivity doubling thanks to positive approach to innovation

Growing better: halting runoff in agriculture

Reef Rescue Newsletters

pdfEdition 8 - January 2012.pdf5.09 MB

pdfEdition 7 - October 2011.pdf1.64 MB

pdfEdition 5 - July 2011 pdf2.76 MB

pdfEdition 4 - February 2011.pdf5.03 MB

pdfEdition 3 - September 2010691.13 KB

pdfEdition 2 - June 20101.44 MB

pdfEdition 1 - March 2010704.99 KB