Reef Trust Phase IV - Repeated Tenders is aimed at reducing the use of N on cane farms.
The Australian Government is providing up to $11.8 million to cane growers in the Wet Tropics and Burdekin NRM region. In the first round, $4.7 million was allocated.
Round 2 Applications NOW Open
Applications are now open for the second round of Repeated Tenders until 29 September. The next one is expected in early 2018. To be kept informed of future rounds please register your interest.2.
Funding up to $500,000
Successful bidders will be those offering best value for money projects.3.
Focused on refining the use of nitrogen fertiliser on cane farms
You can develop your own project based on the practice changes that you think will be most effective on your farm.
A number of market-based competitive tenders (reverse auctions) will be used to allocate funds (up to $500,000) to bidders offering the best value for money projects over a number of years.
The program will run for 5 years from January 2017 - June 2022.
Terrain NRM has been appointed to administer the tenders on behalf of the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP).
This project aims to build on the success of previous tenders where a number of growers have benefitted from improved nitrogen management, which has resulted in cost savings without affecting yield.
Growers have the flexibility to choose what practice changes to make on their farm to refine their use of nitrogen (N) input.
Information Fact Sheets
There were 14 growers who took part in the first (Phase 1) reverse tender in 2014. You can read case studies on these projects to find out how other growers used this funding and how they rated their experience of the program.
Grower Information Meetings
We will be holding a number of information sessions as follows:
- 14 August (8.00-11.30am) - Bally Hooley Hall, Mossman Mill
- 15 August (8.00-11.30am) - Sugar Industry Museum, Bruce Highway, Mourilyan
- 17 August (9.00am-12.30pm) - Canegrowers Boardroom, 29 Norman St, Gordonvale
- 18 August (8.30am-12.00pm) - Tully Mill Hall, Writ Lane, Tully
- 22 August (10.00am-1.30pm) - HCPSL, Fairford Road, Ingham
The first half of these sessions will provide general information on the Reef Trust 4 Repeated Tenders as well as the new Reef Trust 3 Water Quality Incentive Grants.
The second half will go into more details on the to complete a Reef Trust 4 tender application, including nitrogen calculator information and a mock auction.
If you would like to discuss the tender program with our project staff please contact them on the following:
- Phone: 1800 899 486
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact your local WTSIP Extension Officer who can help you develop a suitable project as part of a farm scale nutrient management plan.
The Australian Government also has more information on it's website: