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Economically viable land regeneration in Central Queensland and improved water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef

Star, M. and Donaghy, P. and Rolfe, J. (2011) Economically viable land regeneration in Central Queensland and improved water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef. The Rangeland Journal, 33 (3). pp. 267-276.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RJ10005

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au

Abstract

The impact of excessive sediment loads entering into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon has led to increased awareness of land condition in grazing lands. Improved ground cover and land condition have been identified as two important factors in reducing sediment loads. This paper reports the economics of land regeneration using case studies for two different land types in the Fitzroy Basin. The results suggest that for sediment reduction to be achieved from land regeneration of more fertile land types (brigalow blackbutt) the most efficient method of allocating funds would be through extension and education. However for less productive country (narrow leaved ironbark woodlands) incentives will be required. The analysis also highlights the need for further scientific data to undertake similar financial assessments of land regeneration for other locations in Queensland.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© Australian Rangeland Society.
Keywords:Benefit-cost analysis; rangelands; sediment; Great Barrier Reef.
Subjects:Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Deposited On:16 Feb 2012 02:23
Last Modified:11 Oct 2017 04:18

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