Land condition and soil health within the region will be maintained or improved.
2020 Target (Salinity)
LS1. Salinity extent and severity is maintained at 2015 baselines. MODERATE
Mobilisation of salts in the landscape results in no further loss of agricultural productivity or negative impacts from saline runoff into adjacent vegetated communities and waterways.
2020 Target (Acidification)
LS2. Soil acidification is maintained at the 2012 baseline for agricultural land. LOW
Soil pH in agricultural land is managed to maintain or reduce negative productivity and soil health impacts.
2020 Target (Soil organic matter)
LS3. Soil Organic Matter is maintained at the 2012 baseline for agricultural land. MODERATE
The biological, chemical and physical properties of agricultural soils are not compromised by loss of soil organic matter.
2020 Target (Erosion)
LS4. Sheet erosion risk, stream bank erosion risk and gully erosion extent and severity do not exceed 2015 baseline levels. HIGH
Land productivity is maintained and total soil loss and infrastructure damage is reduced. Nutrient and sediment loads in streams will be reduced by 20% to support the Reef Plan.
2020 Target (Acid sulfate soils)
LS5. The extent of acidification caused by the disturbance of Acid Sulfate Soil does not exceed the 2015 baseline. LOW
Disturbance of Acid Sulfate Soil will be avoided. In cases of disturbance, the impacts of acid sulfate soil disturbance (acid drainage and pollutants in waterways, and infrastructure damage) will be effectively managed.
2020 Target (Cropping land)
LS6. The extent of suitable Cropping Land (i.e. cropping, horticulture and plantation forestry) is maintained at the 2015 baseline. HIGH
The potential for agricultural production on cropped and undeveloped land, suitable for crop production, will be preserved.
2020 Target (Grazing land)
LS7. Ground cover of Grazing Lands is maintained at or above the 2015 baseline. HIGH
The productivity and sustainability of Grazing Land will be enhanced through implementation of Best Management Practices and Grazing Land Management.
See Background report – Land and Soils
for additional material regarding this asset.