(Chief Executive Officer)
Funding arrangements for NRM in the regions are changing again, and regional bodies around Queensland are looking at ways to further reduce costs and ensure the most effective and strategic delivery of NRM in the regions.
Terrain is actively working with other NRM organisations, Cape York NRM and Northern Gulf NRM to improve the effectiveness of our organisations across far North Queensland. We hope to have more detailed news in the near future of the benefits of a closer working relationship across the north.
In addition, we have been working very closely with the cane industry regarding the arrangements for implementing the Australian Government's Reef Trust III.
Over the past four weeks, Terrain has been working in partnership with industry representatives to develop a model of shared decision making and oversight of reef water quality projects across the Wet Tropics. The new model is proving very exciting and one that other regions around the nation will look to. Our partnerships with the cane industry has solidified in order to implement best practice and further achieve improved water quality flowing to the Reef from farms. Watch out for new job opportunities across the Wet Tropics for Extension Officers in the coming weeks – an important outcome of the Reef Trust funding. We look forward to lots of interest from people in these roles.
This new model demonstrates a collaboration of land managers, industry, and science where we are sharing roles and responsibilities to achieve agreed outcomes to reach Reef targets.
It's early days, but we are working hard to keep up the momentum of previous Reef funding rounds and I expect there will be more news on this and broader NRM arrangements in the coming months.