A CQUniversity trial is comparing property run-off to monitor the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
A CQUniversity trial is comparing property run-off to monitor the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

CQUni trial compares water run-off from grazing properties

IMPROVEMENT in grazing land management practices is making a real difference to the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef catchment and the biodiversity of grazing landscapes.

This is according to new research from CQUniversity.

In a pilot trial conducted as part of Project Pioneer, CQUniversity researchers compared water run-off from properties managed under regenerative grazing principles with those of neighbouring properties that are not yet subject to regenerative land management.

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The Project Pioneer water quality comparative study was funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

CQUniversity river health expert Dr Nicole Flint said the data gathered in the trial provided insight into the potential impact that widespread adoption of regenerative grazing methods could have for improving the quality of water entering rivers in Reef catchments.

After rain events in early 2020, the preliminary trial captured run-off from three Central Queensland properties – located at Thangool, Baralaba and Gogango – that have been managed using regenerative grazing principles for at least five years.

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