About the Overall RAP Program
The Reef Alliance Program (RAP) is an integrated GBR wide consortium of farmers, graziers, NRMs and industry groups that transcends administrative and geographic boundaries to implement practice change that will improve the quality of water entering the GBR. The program is a collaboration of twelve organisations:
• Australian Banana Growers’ Council
• Burnett Mary Regional Group
• Cape York NRM
• Fitzroy Basin Association
• NQ Dry Tropics
• Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation
• Queensland Farmers’ Federation
• Regional Groups Collective
• Terrain NRM
The Dairy sub-program has been allocated $0.5M (1% of the total RAP budget) to support 60 dairy farms adopt improved management practices over 12,000 ha in two regions (Burnett-Mary and Wet Tropics) to reduce the sediment and nutrient load entering the Great Barrier Reef.
The aim of this is to enhance the long term sustainability of the farm enterprise and improve water quality leaving the farm. The Reef Programme requirements are met through a prioritisation process of identifying and targeting high water quality risks by using farm management tools such as the DairySAT risk assessment tool. Then Soil and Nutrient Management Plans (SNMPs) and Water Quality Grants are used to actively promote practice changes on the farm.
What is involved?
The project will engage up to 30 dairy farms in the Mary catchment and 30 dairy farms in the Wet Tropics over a period of 3 years.
The initial engagement will be completed by a trusted Extension Officer who will help you set a list of priorities for areas of improvement in your business. Tools such as QDairySAT, new Grazing Management Audit tool and Dairybase will be used to help with this prioritisation process.
Based on the prioritises identified, a suite of on-farm services will be deployed for your business, which may include farm consultancy services, nutrition services, agronomy services, such as Soil & Nutrient Management Planning, grazing management assistance and financial incentives for water quality risk management (limited amount available).
Review and revise your priorities on an annual basis.
If you would like to find out how to become involved please contact QDO on 07 3236 2955 or email email@example.com