Rural property owners to benefit through Rescue Reef program
Rural property owners in Australia will see a further $200 million of assistance in an extension of the Rescue Reef program.
The program monitors the water quality and health of the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon, focussing on key marine ecosystems like the seagrass and coral reefs.
In the financial boost, farmers and landowners receive help with on-farm productivity in water grants that improve the quality of water run-offs from their farms and land management practices.
The initiative that began in 2008 has already stopped over 92,000 tonnes of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment, and around 1,300 kilograms of pesticide, from getting into the Great Barrier Reef.
Since then, over 3,200 rural real estate managers have benefited from grants and management tools, and farms have likewise benefited through the reduction in chemical and fertilizer use.
This cash injection will extend the scheme until at least 2018.
The announcement was made in a shared statement on April 24 in a joint effort by Julia Gillard, minister for sustainability, environment, water, population and communities Tony Burke, and minister for agriculture, fisheries and forestry Joe Ludwig.