Hort360 South East Queensland
The Hort360 South East Queensland (Hort360 SEQ) project promotes sustainable land management practices in the Lockyer, Bremer and Pumicestone catchments while addressing sediment, nutrient, herbicides and pesticides entering local waterways and Moreton Bay. The project also promotes alignment with the national program, Freshcare.
Catchments in South East Queensland experience significant damage from local flooding and heavy summer rainfall, impacting agricultural productivity and local infrastructure. Sediment loads moving into waterways, along with nutrient, pesticide and toxicant runoff are all issues affecting the region. Agricultural BMP programs offer an opportunity to promote improved land management practices to help address some of the causes of agricultural runoff leaving farmland.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Promote Hort360 as a way to increase grower awareness of farm management strategies.
- Increase the uptake of best practice in pesticide and fertiliser application (including timing, methods and quantity) resulting in reduced off farm movement.
- Improve soil management, keep soil on the farm and build resilience to impacts from climate change, including extreme weather events.
- Reduce sediment, nutrient and pesticide loads entering local waterways, Pumicestone Passage, Lockyer and Laidley Creeks, Bremer River and Moreton Bay.