WTSIP's 17 partners are working together to deliver Reef projects across the Wet Tropics sugarcane industry. 

Our extension team provides customised support to cane growers to help them adopt priority farming practices with a lower water quality risk. The trusting relationships our team have established with growers is essential for the change process.

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Reef Trust 3 - Impacts

Between 2016-2019 we achieved the following as part of the Australian Government's Reef Trust III 'Growing a Great Barrier Reef' Project.


Number of cane growers reached


Number of cane growers actively engaged in improving practices


Number of cane growers with confirmed practice change


Hectares of cane land with confirmed practice change


Number of nutrient management plans developed


Number of pesticide management plans developed

Some of the growers we worked with:

Small farmers 

Adopting new practices can be expensive for small growers but if we work with clusters of small growers their collective footprint can have a significant impact.

Filippo Spataro (Cairns district)

Doug Crees (Mossman district)

Supporting trials  

Farmers are always looking for new ways to improve their farming businesses and part of our role is to support growers who want to trial new practices.

While bed renovators are used in other sugarcane areas in Australia, there was no uptake of this practice in the Mossman district. Drew Watson was provided with a grant to help him purchase a bed renovator to enable him to trial it across a variety of soil types and micro-climates on his farms and share his learnings with other growers across the district.