BMRG releases Gully Erosion Guide

BMRG guide:  John Day addresses participants at the Kumbia Launch of the gully erosion guide.
John Day addresses participants at the Kumbia launch.

Landholders now have better access to soil management and erosion information thanks to an easy-to-follow guide released by the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG).

After more than 35 years working with Queensland landholders and soil scientists tackling the impacts of soil erosion, the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s soil conservation officer, John Day, knows his silts from his sands.

Together, with long-time colleague Bob Shepherd from Charters Towers, John has now compiled his vast experience and knowledge into a practical, easy-to-understand guide for landholders.

Gully Erosion – Options for Prevention and Rehabilitation

A gully erosion guide has been released
Participants inspect a gully erosion project at Boompa.

John says the gully erosion guide draws on the experiences of the many men and women who worked in the Queensland Soil Conservation Service from the late 1950s to early 2000s as well as recent local experiences.

“Over the last five years BMRG has supported more than 50 soil rehabilitation projects ranging from small gullies and stream banks to broad acre cropping land,” he said.

The monitoring and evaluation of this five-year program has provided much of the visual content of the guide which includes construction methods and case studies.”

Hard copies of the guide are freely available from BMRG offices at Bundaberg and Wondai and from various agribusiness, Landcare and Catchment Care groups throughout the region.

A digital copy of the gully erosion guide is also available on BMRG’s website here.

The publication of the guide was a Reef Trust III project.

The Reef Trust Phase III: Reef Alliance ‘Growing a Great Barrier Reef’ project is a partnership between agricultural industry, regional NRM bodies and facilitated by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF), with a common goal of securing the future health of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Reef Alliance Program is funded by the Australian Government Reef Trust.