About The BCCA

Supporting Sustainable Land Management in the Burnett.

What Does The BCCA Do?

The Burnett Catchment Care Association (BCCA), formed in 1994, is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation, employing professional staff to develop and implement natural resource management projects across the Burnett Catchment.

We work directly with landholders to support sustainable land management practices and facilitate knowledge and capacity building.

We partner with associated, like-minded organisations such as landcare where much of our funding is derived from State and Federal Government funding programs.

To view BCCA’s capability statement click here!!

About The Burnett Catchment Area

The Burnett River begins in the Dawes Ranges north east of Monto in south-east Queensland, Australia and runs some 400 kilometres to discharge into the sea at Burnett Heads near Bundaberg.

The Burnett Catchment area includes the Burnett, Elliott, Gregory and Kolan Rivers and covers an area of land spreading 33,150 square kilometres. The Catchment includes the towns of;

  • Monto,
  • Mt Perry,
  • Eidsvold,
  • Mundubbera,
  • Gayndah,
  • Biggenden,
  • Wondai,
  • Murgon,
  • Goomeri,
  • Cherbourg,
  • Kingaroy,
  • Nanango,
  • Gin Gin,
  • Childers,
  • Bundaberg and Bargara.

Geology And Landuse

The Burnett Catchment consists of a complex variety of landforms, geology and soil types.

Agriculture is the principal land use of the Catchment with the most important industries being beef and dairy cattle, sugar cane, field crops, horticultural crops and intensive livestock.

Some 2,877,243 ha or 74% of the total Catchment area is involved in actual agriculture; within the agriculture sector the predominant land use is grazing which accounts for over 80%.

Integrated Catchment Management

Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) is a philosophy that encourages a coordinated approach to the management of natural resources in Queensland.

Its overall purpose is to integrate the management of land, water and related biological resources in order to achieve their sustainable and balanced use.

ICM involves the voluntary actions of stakeholders including government, rural landholders, industry, fisheries and urban dwellers that incorporate the goals of achieving and maintaining a healthy catchment for future generations.

A Brief History Of The Organisation

The Early Years

The Burnett Catchment Care Association (BCCA) was initiated in 1994 when a number of concerned citizens formed an Interim Steering Committee to facilitate the formation of a catchment care group. This steering committee was aware of the need to address natural resource management issues on a catchment approach instead of a town or property alone basis.

By October 1995 this interim steering committee had become the Burnett Catchment Care Association. Today the organisation continues to grow and respond to changes in Natural Resource Management and to stakeholder needs.

Better Burnett

In 2007, the Burnett Catchment Care Association (BCCA) launched Better Burnett, a program funded by the Federal Government through the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG). The pilot was completed in 2008, and BCCA have continued to work with BMRG with funding through the Federal Government’s numerous Natural Resource Management programs.

20 Years

In 2015, BCCA celebrated 20 years as an association. Throughout this time, BCCA has achieved almost 60,000 hectares of improved groundcover management and has engaged over 1000 landholders. In this time, in excess of $13M has been delivered onground and to BCCA for program delivery.

Not only has BCCA played a significant role in improving our natural resource management across the catchment but it has also played a vital role in providing employment for professional people in our rural towns.

More information on the projects BCCA have delivered and are currently delivering can be found on our Programs page.

The BCCA Committee

The BCCA members elect an association Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Treasurer as well as one additional Executive Committee member.

BCCA’s Administration Manager acts as the association Secretary in addition to managing the administration of the organisation. Election of Executive Committee members occurs yearly at BCCA’s AGM generally held in September or October.  The role of Treasure and Secretary was combined at BCCA’s AGM.  Therefore two additional Executive Committee members were elected.


Cr Paul Lobegeier

Cr Paul Lobegeier


Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Treasurer & Secretary

Mr Tom Bancroft

Mr Tom Bancroft

Vice Chairperson

Mr John Mellor

Mr John Mellor

Executive Member

Mrs Beth Shanks

Mrs Beth Shanks

Executive Member

Become A Member


Burnett Catchment Care Assosiation members are not only able to vote and participate in the direction of the organisation, but they are also first to hear about funding, workshops and training events in our region.

BCCA also has a public liability insurance policy worth $20,000,000. The policy covers members and volunteer workers involved in the organisations activities.

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Newsletter Archive

The Burnett Buzz – Spring 2016

In this edition:   BCCA to manage Baffle Reef Systems Repairs Project New ‘Monto Growers Group’ formed Small grants provided to kick start South Burnett Black Soil Growers Action on the Ground project almost complete Can I make money from Carbon? Please consider...

the burnett buzz… Autumn 2016

In this season's issue of the burnett buzz... ; Southern Qld Cropping bus tour Reef Water Quality finalised Soil profiling equipment available for hire Herd management & reduced emissions The Burnett’s contribution to 20 Million Trees Better Catchments update...

the burnett buzz… Summer 2016

In the Summer 2016 issue of the burnett buzz...: Action on the Ground - trial update BCCA's success with Burrum system repair project tender Second ERF auction conducted Reef water quality grants program: the last leg Pig compost put to work on multiple crops Southern...

the burnett buzz… Winter 2015

In this issue: Pig Manure - Maturing Nicely Future Land Manager 11,000 hectares of weed control Emissions Reduction Fund update North Burnett Weeds in the spotlight Better Catchments projects for the inland Burnett Sustainable Grazing workshop Gin Gin Working together...

the burnett buzz… Autumn 2015

In this issue: Update on carbon policy changes Flood Recovery Riparian project case study Grazing workshop to be held in Gin Gin Seed collection workshop a success in the Central Burnett Composting pig manure project Flood recovery project survives TC Marcia's force...

the burnett buzz… Spring 2014

In this issue: 2 day soils workshop in October for Graziers Manure vs compost—a review New soils methodology for CFI Central Burnett Riparian restoration update Reef grants continue for the Coastal Burnett ...plus lots more To view the latest issue of the burnett buzz...

the burnett buzz… Winter 2014

In this issue: Case study on local grazier’s PMP Soil carbon results from Monto workshop Update on Flood Recovery Riparian project in Central Burnett Weed file—GRT Nitrous oxide trial update GLM workshop for Degilbo Weed profile - Giant Rats Tail Grass,  a flood weed...

the burnett buzz… Autumn 2014

In this issue: Funding to control weeds in your creeks Burnett River streambank restoration projects underway Carbon Farming Initiative update Three Moon Creek Floodplain Plan finalised Welcome Dutch Anbeek to the BCCA team Trial in Monto aimed at reducing Nitrous...

the burnett buzz… Spring 2013

In this issue: Update on Carbon Farming Project Threemoon Floodplain Farmers are Action Planning Chemical for weed control Welcome Jenny and Peter!! BCCA backs BMP program Riparian restoration begins Reef Rescue Grazing 2 To view the latest issue of the burnett buzz...

the burnett buzz… Summer 2013

In this issue:
Reef Rescue Case Study – Sanderson & Carr
Useful information regarding Flood Recovery Assistance
Cat’s Claw Creeper Control in the North Burnett
BlazeAid lending a hand for flooded farmers
Staff members flood photos
Welcome Veronica to the BCCA team
Land For Wildlife in the inland Burnett
2013 flooding in Mundubbera – a staff members perspective
An endangered species found in the inland Burnett

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