What is the Reef Alliance: Growing a Great Barrier Reef Project?
Reef Alliance partners are committed to a shared vision and with the announcement of Reef Trust III funding, 12 of the 14 Reef Alliance partners chose to work together to submit one collaborative bid. The Reef Trust III initiative supports support cane farmers to move beyond industry best practice, reduce erosion loss from grazing lands and maintaining water quality improvement momentum in grains, dairy and horticulture.
The collaborative application was successful and in May 2016, the Reef Alliance: Growing a Great Barrier Reef Project (GGBR) commenced. The GGBR project is a balanced and integrated approach to advance farmer practices beyond industry best management practice (BMP) and fast track the implementation of innovative practices. It builds on the last eight years of collaborative partnership to implement one integrated project that encourages consistent approaches, creates efficiencies and avoids duplication. The project aligns to targets within the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan.
The GGBR project will invest $45.6M to support 1,196 farmers and graziers improve their practices over 1,841,480ha across 33 Great Barrier Reef catchments by June 30, 2019. The program targets five agriculture commodities:
- Broad Acre Cropping