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Property Management Planning

The Property Management Project (PMP) began in December 2006 and was started as result of monitoring and evaluation conducted by the Desert Uplands Committee. As a result of this monitoring and evaluation work the committee recognised that there was a strong interest from land holders, in the Desert Uplands, concerning different aspects of property management planning. This project aims to deliver information that will provide landholders with decision making tools, allowing them to implement informed management decisions and planning techniques to achieve sustainable and productive outcomes.

In December of 2006 the Burdekin Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management board funded the PMP project for the Desert Uplands. The project was designed to achieve its goals by using three techniques to involve land holders, these include;

One on one property visits discussing issues and providing information on natural resource management.

The one on one property visits are aimed at delivering information to land holders, supplying them with industry contacts, information on funding bodies and funding arrangements that may help them implement natural resource management techniques on their properties.

Capacity Building Projects

Some of the capacity building exercises that have been developed for this project include workshops covering the following areas;

Funding on-ground conservation projects on properties

Within the project there has been $150 000 allocated to assist landholders on a 50:50 basis to design environmentally beneficial projects and implement them on their properties. The 50% contribution from the landholder can be an in-kind contribution where time labouring and machinery usage can be offset against the funds received. This project has been funded by Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM and as a part of the funding arrangement it has been stipulated that the on-ground funding be allocated to properties within the Burdekin River Catchment and its tributaries. As of May 2007 this money has been allocated after applications were assessed.

This project was successful in

a) Linking on-ground works outcomes, building landholder capacity to initiate actions towards achieving planning outcomes under both the Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Plan and the Desert Uplands Committee’s Strategic Plan,  
b) Continuing and building on the DUBDSC’s previous successes,
c) Building on other initiatives currently being undertake in the DU, and
d) Providing strong integration between capacity building (Desert Steps Ahead), the provision of tools (e.g., PMP), and the use of incentives.


 This project is now completed