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  • $4.4M investment to protect our natural assets

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 18, 2018 at 1:09 am

    A $4.4 million investment in the Wet Tropics will kick-start new projects to protect waterways, native vegetation and soils. Terrain NRM has secured funding from the Queensland Government for three initiatives – one to improve the health of waterways in the Mossman area, another to reduce sediment losses in the Upper Johnstone River and a...

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  • 50,000 trees to create Daintree wildlife corridor

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 9, 2018 at 1:14 am

    A dream to create a rainforest is coming true for a Wonga Beach woman who is 50,000 trees into restoring a wildlife corridor from the coast to world heritage rainforest. Annie Schoenberger began planting trees three years ago on cane land bordering the Mossman-Daintree Rd and Daintree National Park, with a plan to transform 15ha...

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  • Free soil organisms workshop

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 4, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Wouldn't it be good to stop spending as much money on fertilisers, minerals, composts and bio-fertilisers? Organic techniques are great for growing chemical-free food - and a free workshop this month will show participants how to give soil organisms the job of managing our fertiliser regime, to grow strong, pest and disease resistant plants, and...

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  • Tully State High School with Peter Salleras at Fruit Forest Farm

    Students take to the fields to learn about reef health

    From: Monica Haynes
    July 3, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Farms have become classrooms for Tully State High School students learning about water catchment health and ways to reduce impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Year 9 geography students took water samples and saw first-hand the results of innovative farming practices – from making bio-fertilisers and growing fallow crops to creating wetlands that act as...

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  • Myrtle rust: Help needed

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 4:42 am

    What do you know about the increasing myrtle rust problem? Find out more here or help with research… Queensland Herbarium’s Dr Jarrah Wills and Queensland Department of Environment and Science’s Keith Smith have been researching the fungal disease’s impact on the Wet Tropics. This region now has a huge range of badly-impacted myrtle groups and...

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  • Team targets gullies

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 2, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Sites in upper Herbert River region are being assessed for a $3 million program to improve water quality in the catchment area. A team of gully remediation, earthworks and construction specialists visited a number of properties recently to consider the best ways to tackle erosion issues and reduce sediment run-off. The Herbert River Gully and...

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  • Baxter sniffs out fireweed

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    June 26, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Baxter the border collie is living proof that you really can teach an old dog new tricks. The fun-loving canine is the first in Australia to sniff out fireweed - an invasive plant threatening the environment and cattle industry. Baxter spent seven days in training with owner Jacqui Diggins before showing off his new skills...

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  • Aboriginal land managers: Pests & Weeds Roadshow

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    June 18, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Aboriginal land managers have joined forces to fight the spread of yellow crazy ants, electric ants and weed species that are threatening the Wet Tropics region. More than 30 Aboriginal rangers in 11 organisations across the Far North shared “home turf” identifications at a recent Wet Tropics Pests and Weeds Roadshow that included visits to...

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  • Free soil organism workshop

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 5:59 am

    Calling all farmers and market gardeners! Come get your hands dirty at a FREE soil organism workshop with farmer and ecologist Dr Wendy Seabrook. It’s practical, hands-on, and includes a farm visit (and of course, lunch!) Learn how to task soil organisms with managing your fertiliser regimes – which means spending less on fertilisers, minerals,...

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  • MIP first-stage sites finalised

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    June 14, 2018 at 3:41 am

    First stage catchment repair sites have now been finalised for the Major Integrated Project (MIP) - a reef water quality initiative that is the first of its kind in the Wet Tropics. More detailed investigations are taking place at these catchment repair locations to inform engineering design work. And expressions of interest are now being...

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