Growcom offering financial incentives for water works by reef catchment growers
Subsidies of up to $5,000 are available for horticulture growers in catchment areas near the Great Barrier Reef who are seeking to address nutrient, sediment and pesticide management practices.
Growcom, the peak industry body for Queensland horticulture, is managing the investment scheme, which provides a 40 per cent subsidy (up to $5,000) for investments made by growers in the Bowen Burdekin, Burnett Mary and Fitzroy catchment areas.
Categories of items which are eligible to be subsidised include:
- Drainage, inter-row, capture works
- Record/budget tools (development and/or subscription)
- Fertigation systems (manual/automated)
- Precision spray applicators
- Monitoring tools (soil moisture, nutrients, sediment movement)
Growers that receive an incentive are required to complete the Reef Water Quality module of the horticulture best management practice program Hort360.
The scheme is a critical part of the Reef Alliance – Growing a Great Barrier Reef (Horticulture) program, and has direct links to industry adoption programs already in place.