Awards, Funding and Collaboration

Kathryn Dryden
December 7, 2016

Awards, Funding and Collaboration

It’s that time of year again when we come together and reflect on what was, and what will be for NRM in the Wet Tropics.

Terrain’s 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Innisfail in November followed by a Members’ Forum and refreshments. Thanks is extended to members and community who attended and participated in the discussion around major new projects, partnerships and funding arrangements.

Here’s a snapshot of the event:

  • Terrain’s CEO, Carol Sweatman, reiterated that catchment and community groups remain at the heart of Terrain, and that our team remain passionate about all projects; not just those reef related. The constant uncertainty around funding means working together is an absolute priority. The power of partnerships and collaboration has never been more important.
  • Terrain’s Annual Report for 2015/16 is available online, as is the Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country.If you haven’t yet checked it out, take a look to see how work has been undertaken to refine the product, develop new decision support tools and finalise the monitoring and evaluation strategy. You’ll see why the plan won two awards at the Planning Institute of Australia (Qld) awards in early November!
  • A memorandum of understanding was signed by Terrain NRM’s Acting Chair, Keith Noble, and GreenCollarGroup’s Dave Moore. Watch this space for more on community approaches to carbon projects - a necessary and exciting development.  
  • Terrain has submitted an expression of interest in a Federal Government Major Integrated Project that will see projects in the Johnstone and Tully Catchments. We are waiting on the edges of our seats for an announcement!
  • Eight years on, the Reef Programme continues to build its swell of interest - 33% of last year’s applicants were new. This proves that the programme continues to be of interest and benefit to landholders in the region, whilst achieving results for the Reef.
  • 2015 saw all reef regions and industry bodies working together on a single, integrated project. TheReef Alliance continues to generate significant administrative cost savings, foster better on-the-ground farming practices (60-70% better practices) and nurture collaborative relationships.
  • A new approach to assessing and reporting on the health of waterways in the Wet Tropics was released. The pilot Wet Topics Healthy Waterways Report Card is a snapshot of the conditions of the region’s waterways. It is the result of collaboration between many organisations from across the region that have come together to form the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership.
  • Accolades were given to Terrain CEO Carole Sweatman for her leadership excellence award with the Australian Institute of Management.
  • Steve Turton was appointed to Terrain’s Board, and Peter Rowles re-appointed, while thanks were given to outgoing director Julia Leu. Alan Colgrave, local cane farmer and Canegrowers board member was appointed the new industry representative for the Standing Independent Selection Panel.
  • Terrain acknowledged and thanked the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Reef Trust, and Queensland Government NRM funding.

We look forward to sharing more successes with you in the coming year.