Annual Report 2018 | Page 4

4 | ANNUAL REPORT 2017-2018 A message from the THE International Year of the Reef 2018 is an opportune time to acknowledge the progress our regional landholders have made towards reducing impacts on water quality and the Great Barrier Reef – with NQ Dry Tropics supporting them every step of the way. We have continued working extensively with graziers to keep soil on land and support them to build stronger, more resilient enterprises. Cane growers, meanwhile, continue to reduce fertiliser use, improve irrigation efficiency, and trial innovative practices to minimise nutrient runoff. We have further strengthened the many partnerships that underpin our natural resource management (NRM) work, demonstrating the importance of collaboration in achieving on-ground results. For example, partnerships with Burdekin Shire Council, Lower Burdekin Water and local landholders were key to the success of our long-term Systems Repair project, which wrapped up this year. This initiative improved the health of important wetland ecosystems in the Lower Burdekin. Two other major funding programs concluded this year – the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program (NLP) and the Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program. We are delighted to have successfully bid for project funding under their replacements – NLP2, and QNRIP. CEO Dr Scott Crawford (left) and Chair Les Tyrell and, pictured right, the Board of Directors. This provides funding certainty for the next four years, and heralds the start of some exciting new projects.