The Reef Trust Tender - Wet Tropics is an Australian Government initiative to help improve Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) and farm sustainability on sugar cane farms in the Wet Tropics natural resource management region.
The programme is a component of the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and is delivered in partnership with Terrain NRM. It aims to address nitrogen discharge from the Wet Tropics, one of the biggest known risks to the Great Barrier Reef.
A major source of nitrogen discharge to Reef waters has been linked to fertiliser use in the Wet Tropics’ sugar cane industry.
Funding of $1.4million has been provided to contracted Wet Tropics cane farmers over four years for enhanced fertiliser management practices on 22 farms. The projects will result in a significant reduction of nitrogen fertiliser applied to participating farms and will help contribute to ambitious targets for cutting nitrogen runoff to the Reef.
A range of fact sheets are available below to provide more detail about the Programme and related tender process:
- Fact Sheet 1 - Overview (pdf) (Word)
- Fact Sheet 2 - Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Developing a Tender (pdf) (Word)
- Fact Sheet 3 - Minimum Standards of Management Practice (pdf) (Word)
- Fact Sheet 4 - Smartcane Best Management Practice (pdf) (Word)
- Fact Sheet 5 - Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) (Word)
Contacts and links
To find out more, contact Terrain NRM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Reef Trust Tender, go to the Department of the Environment’s website www.environment.gov.au/reef-trust-tender.
Please visit this webpage regularly to stay informed of the Programme’s updates and sign up for our e-newsletter.