A tropical low in 2019 flooded thousands of hectares of Queensland sugarcane farms. With the help of CANEGROWERS Industry Recovery Officers in the Herbert River and Burdekin districts, growers have repaired damage to paddocks and roads to be more resilient in the future. The work was funded by Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants from the joint State and Commonwealth funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Ray and Rosemary Vicarioli explain how they slow and filter water on their sugarcane farm in Queensland's Wet Tropics, playing their part to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Along with rehabilitating an eroding gully, they've planted trees to stabilise a river bank and sealed their commitment to farming sustainably with Smartcane BMP accreditation.
What does the farm of a Queensland Reef Champion look like? Visit Len Parisi and his farm in the Mulgrave Valley where natural ecosystems, water filtration and a productive cane growing business thrive side-by-side. Len won the 2019 Prince of Wales Environmental Leadership Reef Sustainability Award and he’s not finished yet.