Calliope grazier working for healthy land and Reef

Published: 01/03/2012

A Central Queensland Reef Guardian grazier with a passion for continual improvement within the grazing industry is helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Ivan Stiller has been in the industry for over 60 years and is an active participant in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian Grazier pilot program.

"Sustainable land management practices are good for the environment and the Great Barrier Reef, and they make good business sense," he said.

"On our cattle property we focus on improving the land condition through regeneration processes such as mulching, the use of legumes, and grazing controls.

"One benefit of these organic approaches is to minimise the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilisers and their costs.

"The benefit is fewer chemicals in the system and a healthier downstream environment, including the Great Barrier Reef."

Mark Casswell from the Fitzroy Basin Association said these innovative approaches to land management were vital for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

"Ivan is a local leader in sustainable land management and works to help set the strategic direction for land use in the Calliope region," he said.

"His involvement in the Reef Guardian Grazier pilot program has allowed him to share his extensive knowledge of sustainable grazing practices with the wider community.

"I applaud the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for recognising land managers like Ivan Stiller.

"This recognises champion land managers that may not seek monetary incentives but are implementing best practices on their properties nonetheless."

Ivan, together with his wife Janet, have run large cattle operations all over central Queensland but now own a smaller property just south of Calliope, overlooking the Boyne River.

When the couple bought the property in the 1960s, soils were depleted and had very low resilience to droughts and floods.

In the past 30 years, they have turned this around by through soil improvement, fencing riparian areas and providing water for stock from controlled troughs to improve water flowing downstream.

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