FBA Annual Report

Photo: Steve Vit ANNUAL REPORT 2021-22

FBA acknowledges the First Nations of the lands and waters within the Fitzroy region where we learn and live, and we pay our respects to them, their cultures and Elders past, present and emerging. Photo: Chantelle James 2

PURPOSE We are the people shaping the environment of the future. VISION Healthy and resilient natural assets. LEGACY Inspired and empowered communities who value our natural assets. GOALS Lead regional connection and collaboration Leverage knowledge, science and partnerships Create value through people and solutions FBA works for the central Queensland community to grow a sustainable, productive and profitable Fitzroy. FBA has an outstanding reputation locally, across Queensland and nationally for developing and delivering effective and efficient programs that work with local community, stakeholders and investors to protect our Region’s natural assets. FBA is uniquely placed geographically, strategically and operationally to deliver priority natural resource management, environmental and agricultural outcomes. When it comes to the environment, land managers and our local community, FBA is well positioned to lead and support work that protects the future prosperity and resilience of our people, landscapes and waterways. Photo: Amy Holcombe 3

The past year has been one of growth and strategic alignment for FBA. The FBA board have worked collaboratively to steward and monitor FBA and is impressed with the achievements gained and the organisation’s focus on the future. Changing the organisation’s governing structure to a company limited by guarantee was an important advancement that has changed the perception of FBA’s size and relevance in market. Importantly, it also provides members greater transparency and accountability, increases confidence for funders and it creates a shift in mindset from volunteerism to (what FBA is) a high-performance organisation. A comprehensive situational analysis shed light on operational and strategic opportunities locally, nationally, and abroad. Additionally, it has outlined FBA’s permanence, relevance, and value. Connection and collaboration remain core to FBA’s strategic direction and regional relevance. Conscious of the opportunities that ongoing change presents, FBA is skilled at leveraging meaningful regional solutions that involve and serve their community – as this annual report so powerfully outlines. Over her tenure as CEO, Elyse has embodied FBA’s values and has built a team culture that enacts them. This culture has grown a safe and strong corporate symbiosis between FBA’s leadership and the wider team which is felt by those in our community. A clear vision and strategic direction along with the culture has, and will continue to, enable FBA to reach outstanding outcomes for NRM. Ainsley McArthur Chair CHAIR 4

Natural resource management is underpinned by people. Their attitudes, motivations and behaviours shape our environment and our future. All decisions, no matter how small, move us either towards or further away from a better regional future. To create meaningful impact, my team devote time to understanding the attitudes and habits of our regional communities and land managers and navigate a mutually beneficial way forward. Through meaningful connection and a genuine desire to improve the Fitzroy region, I am proud to say, FBA is making strides – one small change at a time. Pushed by a collective desire to serve the people who shape the environment of the Fitzroy region, I continue to be inspired by the passion, commitment, and drive of my team. Our work in establishing a psychologically safe workplace over the last few years has been a worthy investment as we see our staff empowered to lead in the ever changing world that is NRM. FBA wants to be here for the long run. We want to provide great services to our regional community. To do this we must understand what they face and adapt our strategy and style to meet them and our funders. By dipping our toe in the undefined with an awareness of risks is how we uncover opportunity. FBA is a place where questions are asked, ideas raised, and the future is never far away. In an industry where the only constant is change, I know we have what it takes to prosper. CEO Elyse Riethmuller Chief Executive Officer 5

179,055 ha of practice change including... 21.4 km of fence erected 20.6 km of pipe installed 101 land management plans 502 RALF supported land managers 36 waterpoints installed 260 events 1,077 volunteers 9 Traditional Owner groups engaged in projects 12,240 native trees planted 488 people completed FBA’s Annual Sentiment Survey; 76% rated their experience with FBA as very positive 2,500 pandanus seeds collected and planted along the Capricorn and Curtis Coasts by volunteers CQ In Focus Nature Photography Competition 570 entries from 175 photographers in 146 different locations across the Fitzroy region 29 community groups engaged in projects 2 ha coastal habitat remediation 17 km of streams protected 808,205 ha of pest control 25,550 tonnes of sediment saved from entering local waterways 250,000 seagrass seeds collected and 25,000 seagrass seeds dispersed 5,754 ha of marine debris work completed 28 species surveys completed FBA’s Flow Centre delivered or supported 17 events reaching 579 people 1,857 kg rubbish removed from beaches and waterways during clean up activities 48,000 ha of weed control 80 active Team Turtle CQ volunteers monitored 44 beaches and recorded 570 tracks, 332 nests and 199 emerged clutches $12,752,572 invested with us ACHIEVEMENTS 6 In partnership we achieved:

CC BY 4.0. © State of Queensland (Department of Resources), 2022 © Fitzroy Basin Association, 2022 Rockhampton Yeppoon Gladstone Biloela Theodore Injune Woorabinda Springsure Emerald Blackwater Middlemount Nebo Events Grants and Bursaries On Farm Advisory Services Natural Resource Investment Program – Increasing native woody vegetation on farms Koala project - Connors Range properties Reef Trust Water Quality and Soil Improvements in grazing and cropping enterprises What's Down our Drains Project Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Flood Monitoring Network Upgrade Project Reef Trust Protection and enhancing high value coastal ecosystems RLP Creating Sustainable Agriculture Businesses Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions Program RLP Enhancing Threatened Ecological Communities Team Turtle CQ Fitzroy Resilience Project Queensland Feral Pest Initiative Program Waterways Fitzroy Region Towns REACH ACROSS OUR REGION

Of the 156,000 square kilometres of land in the Fitzroy Region, 80% is used for grazing and farming. During the 1990s broadscale tree clearing was done in the belief that to increase cattle productivity and grass cover, you need to clear trees. In 2018 FBA set out to reverse this paradigm by engaging four motivated landholders to put trees back in the landscape and create productive open woodland grazing systems. One of those landholders was Dale Retschlag. Dale owns a 485ha mixed cropping and grazing enterprise near Jambin called Netley. Already practicing regenerative agriculture methods, Dale was eager to get involved. The project is a combined effort from FBA, a team of scientists from CQUniversity and Project participants. FBA worked with Dale to plant 300 native eucalyptus – blue gum, coolibah and Moreton Bay ash trees. To record site conditions before and after the tree establishment, CQUniversity installed a monitoring station and remote sensors. Central Queensland has one of the most variable climates in the world, which can have brutal consequences for the country and those who rely on it. This was proven at Netley. Trees were spaced 15 metres apart to provide 30% canopy cover at maturity. Dale watered weekly and slashed to minimise competition from grass and weeds. But 11 months of drought and three heatwaves increased Netley’s peak soil temperature to 30 degrees at 40cm depth. Despite Dale’s best efforts, 80% of the trees died. Most land managers would concede defeat at this point. However, not Dale. The lessons learned underpinned the next attempt. FBA enlisted a botanist to the team and a plan for survival was hatched. This time, trees were planted deeper. A hole around the tree would capture water and mulch would reduce evaporation and soil temperature. This method and some luck with rain has seen the trees survive and grow to above grass level. Despite initial failure, Dale has shown great perseverance and ownership of this tough project. Enthused by this success and the positive changes he now continues to plant more trees. “Our vision for Netley going forward is to expand the tree planting program to include areas around water courses and dams that have little vegetation in place. By doing so we hope to create an environment that is more comfortable to livestock but also draws in native animals to start the natural ecosystem functioning again.” – Dale Retschlag 8

Our community takes ownership for and is empowered to take action in open, inclusive and collaborative ways to support the health of the environment INDICATORS OF SUCCESS As Dale’s trees grow, they become more resilient to the harsh central Queensland climate and start to provide data on the benefits of canopy cover in grazing systems. The monitoring station, remote sensors and Dale will continue to capture the impact of the trees on the site’s soil health, and the condition of the cattle grazing compared to a control site. Dale isn’t the only one working to encourage CQ land managers to take the essential first steps to establish canopy cover in grazing systems. Using the learnings from this project, FBA has created several educational resources - a three-part video series, a planting guide and novel canopy visualisation tool. Check out the resources on page 18 to learn more. Dale is open and honest about the realities of revegetating central Queensland paddocks and understands that he has the knowledge to help others wanting to do the same. “Something that I believe is very important is to record my observations as changes occur both above and below the ground. If we share this, and our learnings, with other landholders, I hope that others can change their management of land to the betterment of the future generations and the environment.” Dale Retschlag The canopy visualisation tool can be seen in the photos. Held up to the horizon, land managers can see into the future and how their property would look with 30% canopy cover. 9

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS gauge the community’s willingness for koala conservation efforts. The feedback was heart-warming. The surveys revealed that land managers regularly observed koalas in the area and on their properties including many female koalas with back young – a great sign of population health. The land managers also showed interest in supporting koala conservation and other wildlife on their property. Encouragingly, they felt it important to have a healthy, local koala population and indicated interest in protecting the species for the future. Climate change, weather events and pest species disrupt the sensitive balance within a habitat and can force koalas to move throughout landscapes in search of new environment. Once on the ground, koalas are exposed to predators, vehicle strike and the possibility they will not find a more tolerable environment. Koalas require safe travel corridors and if these are blocked or restricted by weeds, roads and rail or lack of water, they may not survive the shift. As weeds, fires, pest animals and koalas do not follow fence lines a collaborative approach is essential for success. FBA is currently working with six Clarke-Connors Range graziers who manage 41,000ha. Nearly 2,500ha of weed control has been completed and fencing to separate grazing from sensitive koala habitat FBA is known as an organisation that provides invaluable information, expertise and connections for the betterment of our natural assets Across Australia, koalas are compromised by clearing and fragmentation of eucalypt woodland, disease and existing hazards like drought frequency, wildfire, roads and rail lines. The Clarke-Connors Range located in the Fitzroy region, southwest of Mackay, is one of the largest wilderness areas in Queensland and a resilient koala refugia. Populations of koalas have thrived in this area while experiencing declines in other regions. The Clarke-Connors Range is largely privately owned by graziers. Therefore (like many FBA led projects) engagement and collaboration with land managers is essential to protect the koala refugia. To protect this high-value koala habitat, FBA commenced a project with CQUniversity with funding from the Australian Government in June 2021. In September 2021, FBA and CQUniversity created and sent ClarkeConnors Range property managers a survey. The survey aimed to collect key insights on koalas, their habitat and In February 2022 the status of the koala changed from vulnerable to endangered in Queensland. 10

is soon to commence. Later this year FBA will oversee the planting of more koala-friendly eucalyptus plus fire management planning and koala education workshops. While busy on-ground the involved graziers will also keep an eye out for koalas or evidence of their presence. Using the citizen science BioCollect app (developed by Atlas of Living Australia), graziers will record detailed information on sighted koalas, their scats, screams or scratch marks. All recorded information will be accompanied by date, time and location information – and where possible photographs. This data will identify the main koala colonies and appropriate places to release koalas that have been rehabilitated. It will also be used by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to inform the installation of koala fencing (to prevent road kills) and by universities for research purposes. The BioCollect data combined with survey results and the outcomes of strategic on-ground actions will be collated, analysed, and contribute to the koala habitat preservation methods. Lessons learned in the Clarke-Connors Range to secure future koala survival will be shared with organisations and stakeholders nationally to promote the value and resilience of other habitat where koalas are threatened. Photos: Charley Geddes 11


Meet Hannah, a Western Australian with a spirit as free and as wild as her red hair, who has planted herself in CQ and set her eyes on creating a better regional future. Hannah was born with a love for the natural world and a fierce moral code. Aged six, Hannah stood up at school assembly and interrogated a visiting Japanese language teacher on the whales being killed under the false pretence of “science” in her country. This ability to fearlessly “call it how it is” in the name of universal good, is a defining trait that has grown with Hannah’s education. At the University of Western Australia, Hannah graduated with a Bachelor in Zoology, Conservation Ecology. Wanting to travel with purpose, Hannah volunteered for six months in Sumatra, Indonesia. With no running water, limited electricity and learning the language on the fly, Hannah participated in a research project focused on orangutan health. On her return to Australia, Hannah landed in Queensland and fell in love. The reefs, rainforests, and outback amused Hannah’s free spirt and relentless desire for adventure. Meanwhile the Masters of Conservation Science she was studying introduced her to her to what would become her corporate passion – the science of conservation decision making. “There are so many aspects of the Australian environment that need assistance and there is always limited resources and time. Using science to make conservation decisions that will have maximum impact is where I feel I can have the most impact,” said Hannah. Wanting to make change but not wanting to be stuck behind a computer is what drew Hannah to FBA. “Natural resource management has flexibility that other areas of conservation do not. I have been fortunate to be involved in some amazing projects, worked with inspiring people and helped pull proposals together for new and innovative programs. Hannah’s infectious passion for a better future and fun-loving personality is greatly admired and appreciated by her FBA teammates and the CQ land managers she interacts with. “It’s refreshing to work with Hannah. Environmental conservation can be tough and on-ground changes are slow. Hannah’s realistic yet optimistic outlook fills me with hope for our region and our future,” said FBA teammate Johanna Ramsey. To feed her soul and keep her passion for natural resource management alive, Hannah takes every opportunity she gets to go diving. Obsessed with the reef ecosystem, and observing life below, reminds Hannah of the beauty and precious balance she works to protect. Hannah is an invaluable asset to FBA, central Queensland and the ecosystems she serves. INDICATORS OF SUCCESS FBA’s people reflect through conversations and achievements the passion, purpose and positive social impact of the organisation 13

Home to more than 235,000 people, and the largest catchment draining into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, what happens in CQ impacts people communities, businesses, and economies far beyond our own. The Central Queensland’s Sustainability Strategy 2030 (CQSS2030) was established four decades ago and is a keystone document for central Queensland. It is a roadmap designed to guide CQ on our journey towards the level of sustainable practice required by 2030. Like the ever-evolving region, the Strategy requires ongoing review and alignment with the best available science and priorities of local people. In 2020 FBA commenced the fourth revision of the CQSS2030. The revision drew together thousands of CQ locals and subject matter experts to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. In late 2020 and early 2021, FBA worked to understand specialists’ and local people’s perceptions of the CQSS2030 and gain feedback for a more inclusive and productive way forward. Over 1,000 community members and four First Nation groups responded to the call for feedback. This provided key insights into CQ people’s perceptions of current ecosystem health and their desires for the future. A specialist workshop, held in early 2021, involved 41 participants from 20 different organisations. Over two days technical experts reviewed the CQSS2030’s key attributes, objectives and strategies and identified gaps and priorities. The feedback was overwhelming clear. CQ people wanted a strategy that was relevant, inclusive, empowering, engaging and creditable. These desires formed the goalposts for the CQSS2030 updates and redesign. With clear direction, FBA commenced months of hard work. As a result, the overhauled web-based strategy was launched in November 2021. The new site features a storysharing platform, natural asset education, provides examples of sustainable lifestyle actions and promotes regional organisations striving to achieve a better regional future. Importantly, it meets the wants of regional people. To engage and connect regional people to the updated CQSS2030, a nature photography competition was run in March 2022, titled CQ In Focus. Within three weeks, over 570 entries from 175 photographers featured over 146 different locations across the Fitzroy region. The photos highlight CQ communities’ 14

commitment and appreciation of their local environment while connecting them to the updated strategy. The revision has been a catalyst for drawing regional people and organisations together to collaborate and create a better regional future. This was made most evident during the 2022 CQ Big Data Forum. Facilitated by FBA in May, the 2022 CQ Big Data Forum brought together over 100 scientists, industry, First Nations’ and government representatives to explore and discuss how natural assets in the region are monitored and reported, and how best to improve asset monitoring, reporting and management. Participants learnt about the newly updated CQSS2030 and were challenged to think, build, and collaborate beyond what exists. Working in cross-industry, sector, and cultural groups, participants worked collectively on ‘who, what, when, how much, and why’ to inform future monitoring and reporting for central Queensland. This work has set important foundations for ongoing and meaningful community collaboration towards CQSS2030 targets. FBA will use this momentum, partnerships and direction to continue forging a way towards a better regional future. INDICATORS OF SUCCESS FBA is agile, responsive and relevant to our region and industry Photo: Andrew Collis Photo: John McGrath 15

Our community feels connected to and is passionate about the health of the environment INDICATORS OF SUCCESS FBA works with hundreds of volunteers every year. Without them, many projects we undertake would not have the same impact. In June of 2022, FBA held a celebratory event to recognise the many outstanding volunteers who donate their time to help special places and species. During the event, two volunteers who have gone above and beyond over the previous year were formally recognised and celebrated by their peers. These community champions are Steve Elson and Carmen Reilly. Paul Mitchell (PK) was also recognised for his 2020-21 efforts as outlined in FBA’s previous Annual Report. Carmen Reilly Located on the Curtis Coast, Carmen is passionate about helping local and future marine turtles and the habitats they rely on. Carmen is an integral part of the important work that FBA’s Team Turtle CQ program conducts. From December to March, Carmen walked the eight-kilometre stretch of Wild Cattle Island daily looking for marine turtles (or signs of them) while picking up marine debris. This huge effort has provided key insights to marine turtle nesting behaviour on Wild Cattle Island to a standard that did not exist before. Carmen is committed to ongoing upskilling to improve her ability to help marine turtles. Carmen has attended two Mon Repos training placements since becoming a Team Turtle CQ volunteer. These placements are intense and exhausting. Carmen has also adopted new technology to report her observations and participated in other community and volunteer organisations. The data Carmen has collected over the last year is testament to her commitment to coastal central Queensland’s natural assets. Steve Elson From Konomie Island to Emerald and thousands of seedlings in between, Steve’s conservation efforts are truly inspiring. Steve has been an invaluable resource to FBA for almost a decade and his expertise has helped many FBA (and FBA supported) projects succeed. He has unsurpassable botanical knowledge that he imparts willingly to FBA staff, local land managers and other volunteers. Of the numerous projects that Steve has been a part of, Mt Etna stands out as a prime example of his dedication for nurturing our region’s natural assets back to resilience. When the Greening Australia and FBA 20 Million Trees projects closed, it was Steve’s tenacity and initiative that ensured the hard work was not lost. Through co-establishing and coordinating a community group named, Old Guys Restoring Ecosystems (aka OGRES), Steve and the rest of the OGRES team ensured that weeds did not take over, the newly planted natives were watered and a thousand more trees were planted. It brings FBA great hope and joy to know that a bushfire cannot stop Steve’s work and his seedlings from sprouting new shoots. 16

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Self-assessment toolkit In 2021, FBA’s Tech Team developed a self-assessment tool to help Fitzroy land managers identify strengths and opportunities in their enterprise. The tool uses a holistic approach and looks at business practices as well as the individual/s running the enterprise. Once completed, the tool assists land managers identify their next move towards a more profitable and sustainable enterprise. Contact FBA to grab one. CQSS website After consulting with over 2,000 CQ community members, the best available science, and regional experts, Central Queensland’s Sustainability Strategy 2030’s (CQSS2030) fourth comprehensive revision is complete. The update includes a new website which features a story sharing platform for the CQ community, and actions to help anyone take simple steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle. To learn more about this project read the story on page 14. FILL WITH 20 LITRES OF WATER TO FILL THE VOID Deep planting guide As the story on page 8 illustrates, revegetating cleared grazing land is difficult. FBA applied learnt skills and worked closely with a regional botanist to develop a deep planting guide. The guide illustrates essential steps required to successfully establish native trees in central Queensland’s harsh conditions. The resource has been shared with land managers and contractors and is available on the FBA website. 3D turtle models In 2022, two flatback turtle models were created to help Team Turtle CQ (TTCQ) volunteers engage and communicate with CQ locals about the special species. Created with a 3D printer, the turtles were carefully painted by Yeppoon artist Carole Elliott who kindly donated her skills and time. The models were checked by some of the region’s marine turtle specialists for accuracy and will now attend regional events and schools. RESOURCES 18

CQ Production Planner FBA has developed the CQ Production Planner to help land managers in central Queensland make more informed business decisions based on climate forecasts and outlooks. To put it simply, the tool outlines what’s important and when to increase productivity and sustainability. CQ Graziers have access to a lot of valuable information, but it can be difficult to determine what’s seasonally relevant and where to find it. The CQ Grazing Production Planner is a hands-on straightforward tool that enables graziers to focus on seasonally relevant info. Contact FBA to grab one. Chemical Application and Inventory Record Book In 2019, FBA created a suite of seven record keeping books which empowered land managers to keep information to inform decisions. Since their release, FBA has sought feedback on these books to identify improvement opportunities. The Chemical Application and Inventory Record Book is a progression of the Chemical Inventory book. Half the size of the original book, it fits perfectly on a dashboard and also includes chemical application record keeping pages plus a pocket for a property map. Contact FBA for your copy. Chemical Application Chemical Application Date of application Time of application Job/order number Operator Protection Land owner/grower name Contractor name Accreditation  A/C cab  Respirator Address Address  Overalls  Face shield Phone Phone Accreditation number  Mixing Apron  Goggles/glasses Email Email  Gloves  Washable hat Property name/location Operator name  Rubber boots  First aid kit Area or paddock name/GPS Area treated (ha) Crop/grass treated Pests treated Application rate (l/ha) Sprayer type/ID Nozzle details and setup Speed Pressure Neighbours notified  Yes  No Chemicals Used Chemicals and adjuvant used (full trade name, APVMA no. etc) Chemical rate (per ha) Chemical/tank Total volume of active chemical Batch number Expiry/DOM WHP Spraying Conditions (record changes in conditions) Time Wind Speed (km/h) Wind Direction Temp °C Humidity % Cloud % Time Wind Speed (km/h) Wind Direction Temp °C Humidity % Cloud % Job hazard analysis completed  Yes  No Mud Map – buffer zones, direction of travel, wind direction etc Risk 1 Action Risk 2 Action General Comments – eg. calibration data, buffer zones used, changes to spray job, reason for changes DECISION DATE #3 MID DRY SEASON DECISION DATE #1 MID WET SEASON DECISION DATE #2 END OF WET SEASON 5 10 15 20 25 31 5 10 15 20 28 5 10 15 20 25 5 10 15 20 25 30 5 10 15 20 25 20 25 30 5 10 15 20 25 5 10 15 20 25 31 31 31 5 10 15 20 25 30 5 10 15 20 25 31 5 10 15 20 25 30 5 10 15 20 25 31 5 10 15 31 DECEMBER NOVEMBER OCTOBER SEPTEMBER AUGUST JULY JUNE MAY APRIL MARCH FEBRUARY JANUARY ECMWF LONG RANGE FORECAST (October - December) ECMWF LONG RANGE FORECAST (November - January) ECMWF LONG RANGE FORECAST (January - March) MJO POSITION AND FORECAST MJO POSITION AND FORECAST LIKELY TERCILES FOR PASTURE GROWTH PASTURE GROWTH HISTORICAL (relative) ENSO / IOD OUTLOOKS MJO POSITION AND FORECAST CLIMATE APP “HOW’S THE SEASON?” NORTHERN RAINFALL ONSET RAINFALL FORECASTS 1 AND 3 MONTH ENSO OUTLOOK PASTURE GROWTH LIKELY TERCILES FOR PASTURE GROWTH HISTORICAL (relative) ENSO / IOD OUTLOOKS 1 AND 3 MONTH RAINFALL FORECASTS APRIL RAIN FORECAST JOINING PREGNANCY TESTING WINDOW (with foetal ageing) SPIKE FEEDING (if applicable) Gr n Date START HERE PRODUCTION DATE START OF CALVING BULL TESTING FBA has produced a series of three videos shedding light on the myth that fewer trees in your paddock means more efficient cattle grazing. The videos focus on the key learnings from the Increasing Native Woody Vegetation on Farms project discussed on page 8. Video 1: An introduction to trees in grazing systems How raising cattle and trees together can produce immense benefits for your property, the region, and the planet. Video 2: What is optimal canopy cover for grazing? 30-40% canopy cover is desirable for many reasons including cattle shade and health, species diversity and water retention. Video 3: Practical experience supports what science has been telling us. CQUniversity researcher Dr. Chris O’Neil and Fitzroy land manager Cam Gibson give their observations of optimal canopy cover. Tree video trilogy turns the tables on grazing paradigm Record Book Chemical Inventory & Application

For an organisation to grow, a healthy risk appetite is important. To sustain one, effective risk management is essential. During the 2021-22 financial year, FBA reviewed and updated thinking on strategic and operational risks. After reviewing all policies and procedures, a streamlined policy framework was established and implemented. The new framework aligns with best practice and supports FBA’s strategic direction. To further streamline risk management, a cloud-based organisational intelligence system was adopted and is now used by all FBA employees. The centralised system increases workplace safety by automating transparent responsibilities and accountabilities. A commitment to continuous improvement also saw further adjustments to FBA’s financial governance. FBA’s accounting practices were refined to meet best practice accounting standards. In an increasingly complex, ever-evolving environment, these improvements allow FBA to leverage opportunity in an informed and well governed way. 2022 2021 CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $5,739,317 $5,809.049 Trade and other receivables $2,290,446 $2,151,545 TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS $8,029,763 $7,960,594 NON-CURRENT ASSETS Property, plant and equipment $71,123 $130,052 Right-of-use assets $1,962,618 $2,059,713 TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS $2,033,741 $2,189,765 TOTAL ASSETS $10,063,504 $10,150,359 CURRENT LIABILITIES Trade and other payables $1,636,241 $1,665,228 Lease liabilities $279,941 $240,285 Provisions $563,653 $605,403 TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES $2,479,835 $2,510,916 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES Lease liabilities $1,721,531 $1,836,480 Provisions $119,744 $78,403 TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES $1,841,275 $1,914,883 TOTAL LIABILITIES $4,321,110 $4,425,799 NET ASSETS $5,742,394 $5,724,560 EQUITY Retained earnings $5,742,394 $5,724,560 TOTAL EQUITY $5,742,394 $5,724,560 FINANCES Statement of Financial Position for the year ended 30 June 2022 This is an abridged version. A full copy of the Fitzroy Basin Association financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2022 is available by contacting: 07 4999 2800 | admin@fba.org.au 20

2022 2021 Revenue $12,752,572 $11,342,396 REVENUE $12,752,572 $11,342,396 EXPENDITURE Employee -$3,993,775 -$4,269,880 Depreciation and amortisation -$316,882 -$317,393 Project -$7,063,211 -$5,178,550 Other -$1,360,870 -$1,473,735 TOTAL EXPENDITURE -$ 12,734,738 -$11,239,558 SURPLUS FOR THE YEAR $17,834 $102,838 Other comprehensive income $0 $0 TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR $17,834 $102,838 Statement of Comprehensive Income for year ended 30 June 2022 Income Sources Other Income $2,673,363.04 Australian Government Income $8,228,222.64 Queensland Government Income $1,850,987.12 21

LOOKING FORWARD Over the last financial year we have worked with more volunteers, more land managers and more First Nations groups than ever before. Connecting people with solutions is what we do. The Fitzroy region is huge, twice the size of Tasmania, and a linchpin to the health of the Reef and connected waterways and oceans. Empowering the people of the region to adopt and endorse sustainable practices, and value the natural assets that serve them, is our hope and legacy. Looking ahead we see opportunity to work with new people in more parts of the region. To do this we must work in genuine collaboration with other to achieve collective change. Join the mission. 22

Photo: Charley Geddes 23 Many featured images were submitted in our CQSS2030 CQ In Focus Nature Photography Competition

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