There is approximately $2.25 million available under the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program’s Innovation Fund to support the trial of water treatment systems that can effectively reduce nutrient and pesticides from farm paddock runoff into catchments that flow into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.
The focus of this stream of research will be to trial new water treatment technologies or transfer existing technologies developed for agricultural, industrial or urban applications in Australia or other parts of the world into rural and agricultural settings in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef.
Proponents must be able to deliver the project in a Great Barrier Reef catchment as well as offer matched funding (in-kind or cash) equivalent to the Queensland Government’s contribution. The maximum timeframe for funding is up to June 2020 by which time the project should be completed.
The EOI is open to all individuals and groups, including but not limited to private industry, community groups and organisations, government organisations, natural resource management (NRM) regional bodies, universities, land care groups, producer networks, agribusiness and commercial groups servicing agriculture industries.