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Enhancing economic input to the CQSS2 Project report. Commissioned by the Fitzroy Basin Association.

Star, M. and Donaghy, P. (2009) Enhancing economic input to the CQSS2 Project report. Commissioned by the Fitzroy Basin Association. Project Report. Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

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Abstract

The Fitzroy Basin is the second largest catchment area in Australia covering 143,00 km² and is the largest catchment for the Great Barrier Reef lagoon (Karfs et al., 2009). The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world; it covers an area of approximately 225,000 km² in the northern Queensland continental shelf. There are approximately 750 reefs that exist within 40 km of the Queensland Coast (Haynes et al., 2007). The prime determinant for the changes in water quality have been attributed to grazing, with beef production the largest single land use industry comprising 90% of the land area (Karfs et al., 2009).

In response to the depletion of water quality in the reef, in 2003 a Reef Water Quality plan was developed by the Australian and Queensland governments. The plan targets as a priority sediment contributions from grazing cattle in high risk catchments (The State of Queensland and Commonwealth of Australia, 2003). The economic incentive strategy designed includes analysing the costs and benefits of best management practice that will lead to improved water quality (The State of Queensland and Commonwealth of Australia, 2003).

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Projects:Joint project with the Fitzroy Basin Association and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. The project was formed under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and the Natural Heritage Trust extension.
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland, 2009.
Keywords:Economic modelling; water quality; grazing; pastures; trees; soil surface dynamics; sediment reductions; the Great Barrier Reef; Queensland.
Subjects:Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Deposited On:20 Feb 2012 06:30
Last Modified:11 Oct 2017 05:15

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