How would your landscape, business and life change if you had access to the education, support and resources needed to safely and profitably transition to regenerative land and business management practices?

Since 2016, Project Pioneer has helped grazing businesses throughout Great Barrier Reef catchments to do just that.

The Australian Government’s Reef Trust, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and RCS are pleased to announce that from June 2019 to December 2020, further funding and support will be provided through Project Pioneer for graziers to:

  • Develop farm management capacity
  • Grow property production
  • Improve land condition
  • Build a more profitable and resilient operation

We invite graziers within the Johnstone, Herbert, Burdekin, O’Connell, Fitzroy, Burnett or Mary River catchments to apply.

What’s in it for you?

  • Two places at a GrazingforProfit™ School (Mackay, QLD 11-17 June; Orange, NSW 12-18 June; Emerald, QLD 23-29 June; or Kingaroy, QLD 21-27 August)
  • Two places at an RCS Soil Health Workshop
  • One-on-one peer coaching via the RCS Next Steps program
  • Annual financial benchmarking and business analysis via RCS ProfitProbe™
  • Annual on-farm consultations with RCS advisors
  • Involvement in local on-farm producer reference groups
  • Property planning including mapping
  • Subscription to Maia Grazing automated livestock decision support tool
  • 50% off your subscription to Farm Map 4D mapping tool (pay only $375)
Richard and Adele Acton with daughters standing in the paddock in front of their herd of droughtmasters.

“Project Pioneer has given us the ability to give our farming business the attention it deserves”

Richard and Adele Acton, Ambleside Droughtmasters, Thangool.

Read more of their Project Pioneer story here.

Apply for Project Pioneer if you:

  • Own a grazing property in the Johnstone, Herbert, Burdekin, O’Connell, Fitzroy, Burnett or Mary River catchments (managers may apply with approval/commitment from property owner)
  • Have country that has little or no groundcover, which can be regenerated
  • Have gullies or erosion hotspots that may deliver sediment into waterways
  • Can demonstrate practice changes you have already made on your property
  • Can commit to implementing further change within your business
  • Can explain why you want to be involved in this project
  • Can attend the 7-day GrazingForProfit™ School, a 3-day business development meeting (part of the RCS Next Steps program) and a 1-day RCS Soil Health Workshop in their entirety, as well as be involved in on-farm producer reference groups*
  • Are willing to commit to the entire 19 months of the project
  • Can show that your grazing business is currently financially viable
  • Are willing to be involved in industry research
  • Are willing to share your Project Pioneer story to the industry through case studies.

*You will be responsible for your transport to and from these events, accommodation and some meals.

“We saw Project Pioneer as a great opportunity to create a viable, profitable business for us that would give us what we needed as a family.”

Brett and Pip Krafft, Rainbow Hill, Thangool.

Read more of their Project Pioneer story here

Applications are now closed.

Thank you for your interest in Project Pioneer. If you would like to be notified about future projects, please complete this form.

Project Pioneer is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The project is delivered by RCS with support from WWF, Maia Technology and Farm Map 4D. For further information on Project Pioneer, contact RCS. Phone 1800 356 004 or email