With the vast distances and sparsely populated landscapes in this area, you could travel from one horizon to the next and still be on the same cattle station! With many landholders managing or working on grazing properties, plenty of residents are in agreement about the key issues across the landscape. At the core of this is the long term sustainability and growth of the landscape’s cattle and tourist industries. Weed and pest management, wetlands and water quality and fire management are some of the key interest areas for landholders in this landscape.
Herbert River Catchment Group
The Herbert River Catchment Group (HRCG) has been established for over 20 years, representing interests from a broad geographical and cultural area. The headwaters of the catchment in the western Atherton Tablelands support large cattle grazing stations, while the central sections are mostly forested ranges protected in National Parks, State Forests and World Heritage Areas. The lower section of the river, on the coastal plains near Ingham, are largely used for sugar cane production. During the group’s long history, strong relationships have been developed with a range of organisations and the HRCG has managed and been involved in many successful projects. With their collaborative approach, the group focusses on areas of sustainable agriculture, coastal management, wetland restoration and revegetation.
Bush Heritage Australia
Bush Heritage Australia, a not for profit conservation organisation, owns and manages Yourka Station in the Upper Herbert catchment. The property, spanning over 43,000 ha, starts on the western edge of the Wet Tropics and extends through to the drier woodlands of the Einasleigh Uplands further west. Conservation work focusses on weed, pest and fire management and conservation of threatened species and ecosystems.