GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Reef Catchments precision planning consultant Christine Peterson and key contact officer Scott Underdown.
GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Reef Catchments precision planning consultant Christine Peterson and key contact officer Scott Underdown. Charlotte Lam

Opportunities for graziers and local cane farmers

WHITSUNDAY landholders in the Proserpine mill area are encouraged to apply for the Reef Programme Water Quality Improvement Grants.

Over the next five years $200 million of funding for selected activities across the Great Barrier Reef has been provided by the Australian Government.

A Reef Programme Water Quality Improvement Grant entitles graziers and farmers to paddock-by-paddock nutrient and chemical plan with the programme's precision planning consultant, free EC (electro conductivity) mapping, soil testing (above regulated requirements) and development of a total Property Management Plan to evaluate current operations as well as $500 to spend on chemical equipment upgrades.

Reef Catchments key contact officer Scott Underdown said the grants would assist with more effective and profitable long-term farm management.

"Whether it be improving their nutrient applications or chemical equipment, even irrigation for their property, they should give us a call to see what their options are," he said.

Canegrowers Proserpine cane BMP facilitator and grower services manager Christine Peterson has been appointed to a precision planning consultant role for the programme as of last week.

"I'll be providing assistance to growers to complete pest management plans, nutrient management plans and also part of the process will be growers do an initial plans and reviews of those plans for the next two-three years," she said.

Ms Peterson said she was more than happy to take on the role.

"(I) encourage any growers who are in the system to give me a call if they want assistance with anything. New growers obviously have to go through the expression of interest online but existing ones are welcome to contact me with any enquiries," she said.

Anyone who is interested in applying for the Reef Programme Water Quality Improvement Grants should submit an expression of interest at http://www.reefcatchments.com or phone Scott Underdown on 0437 344 851.