Hort360 Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Queensland

Queensland production horticulture growers in the reef catchments are eligible to participate and benefit from farming efficiencies implemented through Growcom’s Hort360 GBR project.

Hort360 GBR assists horticulture growers to address priority actions required to achieve best management practices across the Great Barrier Reef catchments – from Cape York down to the southern Burnett-Mary regions.  It is an opportunity for growers to self-assess and or work with a facilitator, to identify current on-farm practices and demonstrate improvements to management of nutrient, pesticide, sediment and run-off. In addition, it provides a pathway for horticulture growers to achieve environmental certification as a best practice producer in three key areas; sustainability, productivity, and farm efficiency.

Hort360 is entirely voluntary. However, BMPs (such as Hort360) are recognised as a way for growers to demonstrate environmental stewardship of the Great Barrier Reef and, more broadly, the environment. Primary producers in Beef, Cropping and Sugar are also using BMPs to benchmark current farm practices, undertake improvements to farm practices and demonstrate their production capacity at best practice management.  This approach is supported by the Queensland Government looking for the best outcomes for water quality, GBR health and engagement with horticulture.

Key outputs of the project include:

  • One-on-one extension services to assist growers undertake Hort360
  • Provision of technical resources, such as fact sheets, case studies, workbooks and farm maps – to support Hort360 growers in their on-farm improvements
  • Workshops, field days and other extension activities, connecting growers and stakeholders with the best technical expertise in the field
  • Freshcare Environmental certification

Growers based in the reef catchments are encouraged to contact Growcom to participate in Hort360 GBR.  For further information, contact the closest Hort360 BMP Facilitator to you.

Case studies

For more information contact

Michelle Haase
Bundaberg (Burnett-Mary and Fitzroy catchments)

0428 586 890
mhaase@growcom.com.au

Lindsay Allen
Townsville (Mackay to Cape Tribulation)

0477 588 677
lallen@growcom.com.au

The Hort360 Great Barrier Reef (GBR) project is conducted in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.