• Major integrated project Tully and Johnstone catchment
  • Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project

    Forty Wet Tropics partners from industry through to community are working together to design a major project which will bring a share of $33m to the region.

   
  • Reef Water Quality Project
  • Tully & Johnstone catchments
  • Designed by the community
  • $33m across the Wet Tropics and Burdekin
  • Farms & beyond

Background 

The Queensland Government is funding a  Major Integrated Project (WTMIP) in the Wet Tropics to reduce the level of pollutants reaching the Great Barrier Reef.  The WTMIP will focus on improving water quality from cane and banana farms in the Tully and Johnstone River Catchments.

Importantly, the WTMIP will look beyond just farm practice and integrate water quality solutions across all activities in the catchments.

Ideas big and small, old and new will be sought to develop a project that can transform our approach to the enormous challenge of improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

The journey from idea to action

Creativity workshops: Two workshops were held in early March, which presented the opportunity for community members to drive the design of this multi-million dollar project for the Tully and Johnstone catchments. Everything was on the table. Over 500 water quality ideas were recorded, showing we are on our way to achieving a grass roots design for the WTMIP.

People not able to attend a workshop had the chance to submit their ideas via online survey, written submission, mail, by Facebook, phone or in person. Workshop outcomes were then provided to participants, including a full list of all the ideas presented, as well as the results of the workshop participant feedback forms.

Prioritisation workshop: Selected experts, industry representatives and the Synthesis team will assess concepts for further development based on community support, location, feasibility, cost-effectiveness, socioeconomic factors and level of innovation.

Concept development phase: Concept champions and partners will be identified to further develop ideas into program designs.

Solutions workshops: Two ½ day workshops in the Tully and Johnstone catchments provided a WTMIP update to partners and the broader community. The workshops also enabled input and refinement of the Draft Program Design via on-the-spot feedback opportunities. Those who preferred to take some more time to think about it, or were unable to attend in person, had the opportunity to provide feedback up until 5pm on Sunday 7th May.

Where to from here?

The draft project design will be submitted to the Queensland Government on 5th June for review. The final design will be submitted to the Queensland Government on 30th June.

Tracking Progress

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