For thousands of years, the health of nature in Outback Queensland has depended on people continuing to carefully manage the land - but that delicate balance has become increasingly threatened as people move away from our Outback.
Once-thriving Outback towns have experienced significant declines over the second half of the 20th century as people have moved to the cities.
In their absence, uncontrolled wildfires, feral animals and noxious, introduced weeds have taken over, wiping out native plants and animals and damaging whole ecosystems.
Wildfires in Outback Queensland have increased in scale and intensity in parts of the desert regions and the tropical savannas of the north.
Feral animals and noxious weeds continue to spread, taking over from native plants and animals and damaging precious ecosystems.
They're also causing significant problems for graziers, with some Outback Queensland landholders now paying in excess of $100,000 a year to manage weeds on their properties.
Feral animals have been estimated to cost Australian communities more than $720million a year to manage.
The need for greater support to address threats across Outback Queensland is significant and is growing rapidly. People and nature in Outback Queensland need to see greater investment in proven programs to help overcome some of these challenges.