NRRP - Regional Recovery Project

NRRP - Regional Recovery Project

 

Improving landscape conditions and resilience through increased sustainable practices in SEQ.

Landholder on propertyEnhancing community capacity for ongoing management actions that improve land conditions and contribute to well-functioning landscapes.

The project will be delivered through capacity-building activities and support to landholders with targeted incentives for the implementation of on-ground works that improve the condition of natural assets and build landscape resilience.

Healthy Land & Water’s NRRP - Regional Recovery Project is designed to address key threats to land and vegetation conditions, including declining pasture condition and soil health, hillslope erosion, invasive exotic weeds as well as inappropriate fire regimes and grazing management practices.

Through workshops, field days, property visits, and more over 2 years, this project will deliver on Natural Resources Recovery Program (NRRP) priorities by enhancing community capacity for ongoing management actions that improve land conditions & native vegetation and by contributing to well-functioning resilient landscapes.

 

The program focuses on:

  • Delivering capacity-building activities and targeted incentives for improving natural asset conditions & resilience.

  • Delivering workshops, field days, and property visits to build landholder and community capacity.

  • Improving knowledge, skills, and capacity of over 180 landholders to accelerate the adoption of management practices that improve natural asset conditions – soils, pastures, native vegetation and biodiversity.

  • Implementing on-ground works to improve over 5,560 ha of land and native vegetation.

 

What we are doing

Soil sampling on landholder propertyImproving knowledge, skills, and capacity of over 180 landholders.

Healthy Land & Water’s main focus is on improving landscape conditions & resilience through increased sustainable practices. This project will:

  • Address some of the key threats to land conditions and native vegetation identified in the SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan, including declining pasture condition, soil health, hillslope erosion, invasive exotic weeds, and inappropriate fire regimes and grazing management practices.
  • Support stakeholders to adopt sustainable management practices and drive regional economies.
  • Provide training workshops and field days and conduct one-on-one property visits.
  • Improve landscape resilience and ability to respond to natural disasters and climate change.

 

Measuring success

As a result of the program, many activities to achieve agricultural outcomes are being delivered:

  • Delivery of capacity-building activities (training, workshops, field days) involving a combined total of 180 landholders to promote and accelerate the adoption of best management practices.
  • Increased landholders’ capacity to develop site-specific property plans to address threats to soil health, land conditions, and native vegetation.
  • Increased landholders’ capacity to implement and maintain these on-ground works and practices over time.
  • Improvement of the health and stability of soil and land conditions in main grazing areas, including the upper Brisbane and Logan catchments by improving the adoption and maintenance of recommended land management practices.
  • Improvement of vegetation condition and landscape resilience in the Lockyer, Little Liverpool Range & Kin Kin areas.
  • Enhancement of natural regeneration, improved diversity, habitat values, and connectivity.
  • Improvement of the knowledge, skills, capacity, and confidence of landholders.
  • Enhancement of community partnerships.

 

Why this project is important

 Approximately 55% of South East Queensland is used for grazing of modified & natural forest areas, managed as several thousand small to medium-sized rural holdings with high rates of changing land ownership.

These circumstances generate a strong need and desire for ongoing targeted capacity-building programs to support landholders managing natural resources in the region.
Years of drought followed by floods across many areas of SEQ, have challenged land managers, impacted native vegetation conditions, and increased landscape vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

Over the next 2 years, this project will deliver on NRRP priorities by enhancing community capacity for ongoing management actions that improve land conditions and by contributing to well-functioning resilient landscapes.  

 

Project snapshot

Project name:  NRRP - Regional Recovery Project
Project manager:  Renee Ould and Bruce Lord, Healthy Land & Water
Project team:  Vanessa Smolders
Catchment:  South East Queensland
Timing: 2022 - 2024
Budget: $1,217,000
Partnerships:  This project is funded by the Queensland Government Department of Resources-Natural Resources Recovery Program (NRRP) and delivered in collaboration with Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc., Little Liverpool Range Initiative, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Noosa & District Landcare Group and Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries.
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What's next

There is huge potential to build on the successful work.

 

Project collaborators

This project is funded by the Queensland Government’s Natural Resources Recovery Program (NRRP) and delivered in collaboration with Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc. Little Liverpool Range Initiative, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Ipswich City Council and Noosa & District Landcare Group.

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