Grazing is the major land use in the northern
Gulf region of the savannas
University of Queensland
Summary | Map of Gulf area | Focus |
Objectives | Outcomes | Supervisors |
Over the past 10 to 15 years, increasing emphasis has been
placed on regional and catchment-level planning approaches for
natural resource management. The regional level is often recognised
to be the most appropriate scale for implementing national policies
and strategies for the sustainable use and management of our
natural resources (e.g. Dale & Bellamy 1998; Alexandra 1999).
However, the success of these approaches depends upon implementing
appropriate management actions by individual land managers (Moore
et al. 2001). Within a region, there is often a diverse range of
individual land managers that may have very different goals in
relation to the use and management of the land in which they
Necessarily, the decisions made by individual land managers
often need to focus on ways to contribute to goals centred on
private benefits. However, increasing public pressure for
sustainable environments has meant managers have to consider
incorporating goals centred on public good, such as regional
biodiversity. It is important to work with the land manager to
understand their will and capacity to manage for such diverse goals
in their everyday management.
In order to work toward sustainable land use within a region,
there needs to be coordination of the way in which land managers
approach the achievement of their goals, so as to contribute to
both individual and regional goals.
This project focuses on the northern Gulf region (Gulf of
Carpentaria) located of north Queensland. The main land use (92 per
cent of land use) within this region is grazing beef cattle.
Consequently, the environment of graziers’ decision-making is
a key focus.
The project aims to gain an in-depth understanding of what, how
and why particular decisions are made that influence the use and
management of natural resources on grazing stations. This
understanding will be gained by building detailed case studies
around a number of grazing stations.
The project will also review and analyse regional and
broader-scale NRM policy to draw out the on-ground actions
currently recommended for sustainable grazing management. It will
explore the rationale (i.e. science, assumptions) behind these
goals and actions. The project will then explore the implications
of these actions currently incorporated into pastoral property
Through the use of the information collected at both the
property and regional level, the study will look at ways that
graziers, policy makers and planners can ‘strengthen the
link’ between regional and property levels. By strengthening
the link, significant efforts can be made toward the implementing
management actions that contribute to sustainable land use at both
property and regional levels.
Three key objectives include:
Develop a knowledge base of the on-ground actions currently
recommended be adopted by pastoral managers to contribute to
regionally sustainable land use
Provide information and understanding of the property
manager’s objectives, motivations and actions in regards to
the management of natural resources on their property
Contribute to the development and enhancement of management tools
and strategies for encouraging integration of on-ground actions
that contribute to regional and property goals for sustainable land
An understanding of the potential implications for property
management of implementing on-ground actions for regionally
sustainable land use.
An understanding of the capacity and willingness of pastoral
property managers to incorporate actions, which contribute to
regionally sustainable land use into day-to-day property
Contributions of knowledge to incorporate into TS-CRC
knowledge-building activities including:
Applicable and actionable knowledge
Options and strategies for regional planners to use to
encourage the implementation of sustainable land use practices by
pastoral land managers and for pastoral property managers to
enhance the property management planning process.
Prof. Ockie Bosch (UQ)
Prof. Helen Ross (UQ)
Dr. Daniel Walker (CSIRO SE)
Alexandra, J. (1999) Regions - the bastard
children of cooperative federalism. In Sustainable Regional
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Dale, A. and Bellamy, J. (Eds.) (1998)
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Review, Land and Water Resources Research and Development
Moore, S.A., Jennings, S. and Tracey, W. H.
(2001) Achieving sustainable natural resource management outcomes
on the ground: the key elements of stakeholder involvement,
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