Fitzroy Floodplain landholder funding available

The Fitzroy Floodplain wetlands are recognised as a wetland of national significance for their significant biodiversity values.
Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) has commenced an exciting new project, allowing small landholders in the Pink Lily, Fairy Bower and Port Curtis localities to receive financial assistance to make improvements to their properties and/or reduce the effects of pests while benefitting the lower Fitzroy Floodplain wetlands.
FBA Chief Executive Officer Paul Birch said small landholders in Pink Lily, Fairy Bower and Port Curtis willing to spend money on property improvements will receive up to 50 per cent of costs for projects that help improve land condition, such as putting in fences and water points and weed and pest animal management activities.
“Work in these areas will help improve the overall condition of the Fitzroy Floodplain wetlands, improve fish passage and achieve biodiversity outcomes,” Mr Birch said.
“Other projects that can help improve fish passage and biodiversity outcomes will be considered as well as landholder training and property planning activities.”
This work is part of the Fish Friendly Fitzroy project and is supported by Fitzroy Basin Association, through funding from the Australian Government’s Reef Programme.
Interested landholders are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday 28th October 2014 at Yeppen Lagoon, corner of Blackall and Normanby Streets, Rockhampton from 5pm.
“Staff from FBA and Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments, will be available at the session and afterwards to work with landholders to negotiate positive outcomes for both the wetlands system and individual properties,” Mr Birch said.
“This is the first time that this type of funding has been made available for properties in the lower Fitzroy Floodplains wetlands.
“If you’ve been thinking about improving your property for a while, why not gain financial assistance and improve land management in this important part of Central Queensland at the same time,” he said.
Applications are being accepted now for projects to commence prior to 31 March 2015, for properties located in the localities of Pink Lily, Fairy Bower and Port Curtis only.
To RSVP to the information session and find out more details about the funding opportunity contact Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments (FRCC) on (07) 4921 0573 or email