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.

Newsletter Archive

the burnett buzz… Autumn 2012

In this issue: Sustainable Practices Case Study— Byrnestown graziers Richards and Twine North Burnett Landcare’s Friday Clubs Pasture Monitoring—it’s that time of the year again Healthy Habitats Case Study—Co-ordinated pig control To view the latest issue of the...

the burnett buzz… Summer 2012

the burnett buzz.... Summer 2012 Issue An update on the Rewarding Sustainable Practices project. CASE STUDY: Bob and Beth Gaston, Mundubbera grain producers. Soil Carbon in Grazing systems, can we accurately measure it? Pasture Management workshop with Russ Tyler To...

the burnett buzz… Spring 2011

Click here for our latest newsletter, the Burnett Buzz!  Highlights include: Welcome Melinda, BCCA new administration officer Sustainable practices workshop, Gayndah Central Burnett Landcare past project field trip Healthy Habitats for the Inland Burnett Membership...

the burnett buzz… Autumn 2011

Our lastest newsletter, the Burnett Buzz can be found by clicking here! Highlights include: Welcome Fiona, BCCA’s latest extension officer Bendigo Bank Managers tree planting BCCA—monitoring your pasture New project—Sustainable practices in the Western...

the burnett buzz… Autumn 2010

In this issue: Reef Rescue Graziers finish projects despite the rain Better Catchments in the inland Burnett in 2010 GLM forum for Gayndah Nest protection underway for threatened freshwater turtle Compost Tea workshop a hit Click here to view our latest newsletter -...

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