Our region faces several pressing challenges, including water quality degradation, land erosion, invasive species proliferation and impacts of weather extremes, in addition to those experienced as a result of lower populations and rural isolation.

These issues threaten the sustainability of our natural resources and the viability of rural communities, necessitating urgent and effective action. DCCA is acutely aware of these challenges and is actively engaged in addressing them through collaborative efforts, research, and the implementation of best management practices.

Local Solutions

In response to our region's challenges, DCCA advocates for a range of solutions that are both innovative and practical. Our innovative approach extends beyond traditional methods, weaving community engagement and economic empowerment into our projects' fabric. By collaborating intimately with local producers and stakeholders, we aim to cultivate a vested

interest in sustainable land management, thereby nurturing ecosystem health and building climate resilient agricultural communities.

Our solutions promote soil health and water conservation practices, implementing erosion control and land restoration projects, and enhancing biodiversity through habitat rehabilitation. We also emphasise the importance of community involvement and education, empowering local communities and stakeholders to become active participants and positive change makers. Through these solutions, DCCA aims to create a resilient and thriving ecosystem within the Dawson Catchment.

Local Expertise

DCCA brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, with a proven track record of successful projects and initiatives. Our team's deep understanding of environmental science, coupled with local practical agronomic knowledge, positions us as leaders in the field of natural resource management. We have successfully navigated the complexities of land and water conservation, agricultural enhancement, and community engagement, making significant contributions to the health and sustainability of the Dawson Catchment. Our expertise is not just in implementing projects but in fostering partnerships and driving innovation for lasting environmental and economic benefits.

For over 25 years, DCCA has been recognised as a proficient regional entity, delivering a broad spectrum of environmental and agricultural initiatives with excellence. Our reputation, upheld at both local and national levels, stems from our effective program delivery, ranging from Caring for our Country to Reef Rescue and numerous Queensland Government initiatives, delivering programs worth over $5 million within the Dawson Catchment. Our expertise and effectiveness have been further acknowledged through our recent appointment as the Fitzroy/Capricornia Lead organization for the FRRR's Community Impact Program, underscoring our significant role and impact in the region. We constantly over delivery on project requirements and received positive feedback from project partners and investors.

At DCCA, we recognise the power of collaboration and the significant role that networks play in achieving positive outcomes. Our strength lies in our extensive and diverse networks, which encompass a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including community groups, government agencies, research institutions, industry partners, and local landholders. These networks are the cornerstone of our approach, enabling us to leverage a wealth of knowledge, resources, and expertise to drive positive change within the Dawson Catchment and beyond.

Successful Programs

DCCA has successfully delivered the following programs in the Dawson Catchment:

  • Future Drought Fund’s Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought, Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (2023–2025)
    • Fitzroy Capricornia Community Impact Program Lead Organisation
    • Dawson Catchment Improved Community Access
  • Theodore Health and Wellbeing Program, Queensland Government, Tackling Regional Adversity through Connected Communities grant program, in cooperation with Central Queensland Rural Health (2024)
  • Natural Resources and Recovery Program (2023–2024)
    • Lower Dawson Catchment Remediation and Prevention Project
  • Reef Trust III Reef Alliance Growing A Great Barrier Reef (2012–2019)
  • NDRRA Environmental Recovery Package – STC Debbie (2017–2018)
  • QNRM Harrisia Cactus Project (2016–2018)
  • QNRM Grazing Innovations Project (2015–2016)
  • Grazing BMP Phase I and II (2012–2017)
  • DNRM CSG NET Program (2015–2016)
  • NRM Community Engagement Project – Taroom Wetlands (2014)
  • Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald Flood Recovery Program (2013)
  • Santos Wash Down Project (2013)
  • Reef Rescue (2008–2013)
  • Callide Softwood Scrub Project (2011)
  • Australian Government Caring for our Country Program (2008)
  • NHT Regional Investment Project (2006–2007)
  • Multiple Queensland Feral Pest Initiatives