Advice on Soil Surveys, Soil Maps, Land Suitability and Capability, Good Quality Agricultural Land, Acid Sulfate Soils - Queensland

Description

This support service is provided to:

  • promote sound land development, use and management of rural lands
  • prevent land degradation, and
  • ensure that land and soil is suited to its purpose and use or that land management practices are not applied to land unsuited to its present use in order to conserve the quality of the soil.

Soil data supports hydrological and landscape modelling to predict various forms of land degradation including:

  • salinity hazard and risk
  • acid sulfate soil risk
  • erosion hazard
  • soil physical decline
  • soil acidification
  • soil fertility decline

Using its extensive land resource information and map database, the Soil and Land Resource Group and Land Resource Officers in regional centres advise landholders, industry, consultants and governments on:

  • the suitability and capability of land and soil for specific agricultural crops or land uses;
  • on the land management practices required; or
  • landscape hazards; or
  • any alternative land uses for the property to adopt; and
  • on the advantages/viability of expanding the existing land use.

The Land Suitability and Capability analysis provided may be used in property management planning, crop yield and stock rate planning, local authority strategic planning environment impact studies and catchment plans. Advice to primary producers and consultants may be provided on the region's soil and land resources together with a general suitability and capability classification.  Further interpretation may be provided for specific land use purposes (eg sugar cane).

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

No specific eligibility criteria apply.

Fees

Cost of provision fees are charged for:

  • database access
  • advice service
  • CD, DVDs and hard copy reports/maps.

For further information contact your regional office.

Publications Details process

An extensive list of publications is available on request. Many soils and land resource publications are available on-line through the DSITI Publications Portal for free download.

Additional information

The Soil and Land Resource Assessment Group describes, maps and evaluates the land and soil resources of the State in terms of its suitability and management requirements for specific and general agricultural uses.

The Group also provides land management field manuals to aid property management planning and integrated catchment management.  An advisory service is provided to local and state governments on the identification of good quality agricultural land and acid sulfate soil hazard.

Administering agency

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Science Division

Soil and Land Resources Group

Contact details

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Nambour

Soil and Land Resources Group

Science Division

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Operating address: Senior Land Resources Officer
Government Offices
52-64 Currie Street
Nambour, Queensland 4560
Mailing address: PO Box 573
Nambour, Queensland 4560
Phone: 07 5451 2428
Fax: 07 5451 2262

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Mareeba

Soil and Land Resources Group

Science Division

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Operating address: Senior Land Resources Officer
22 Peters Street
Mareeba, Queensland 4880
Mailing address: PO Box 156
Mareeba, Queensland 4880
Phone: 07 4048 4727
Fax: 07 4092 2366

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Toowoomba

Soil and Land Resources Group

Science Division

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Operating address: Senior Land Resources Officer
203 Tor Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Mailing address: PO Box 318
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Phone: 07 4529 1213
Fax: 07 4529 1562

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Science Leader

Soil and Land Resources Group

Science Division

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Operating address: Block B
Level 2 East
41 Boggo Road
Dutton Park, Queensland 4102
Phone: 07 3170 5634
Fax: 07 3170 5798
Email: soils@qld.gov.au