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  • Bulmba Rangers tackling yellow ants

    Bulmba Rangers Care for Country

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    January 31, 2018 at 4:19 am

    A new indigenous ranger program is kicking goals in the Kuranda, Barron Gorge and Mona Mona region. The Bulmba Rangers have restored traditional fire management practices, helped to control yellow crazy ant outbreaks and given the community an insight into cultural practices. Djabugay Aboriginal Corporation senior project officer Barry J Hunter said the project fulfilled...

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  • Sugarcane farm tour a success

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    January 29, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Innovation was the name of the game when more than 50 farmers, researchers, cane and natural resource management representatives hit the road for a tour in the Tully region recently. The group visited farms to learn more about a wide of range of trials and research projects to boost productivity while reducing nitrogen usage and...

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  • Case Study: Drone Mapping for Improved Drainage

    From: Monica Haynes
    at 2:25 am

    James Markotich is a third generation farmer and grows 70 ha of cane in the Green Hill area near Gordonvale. He’s using innovation funding to develop aerial mapping of his property and take the guess work out of some of his farming practices. He hopes it will assist him with reformation of blocks to improve...

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  • Paul Mizzi Reef Programme

    Grant money enabled faster on-ground results for farmers

    From: Monica Haynes
    January 22, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Most of Paul Mizzi's farm fringes mangroves and “is the last port of call before the Great Barrier Reef”. Paul and his son Adrian are third and fourth generation cane farmers. They manage 420ha in the Herbert catchment. Paul says:“Having that pristine environment at my doorstep is a big incentive to farm smarter and farm...

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  • Tour of cane farms to see innovations – 25 Jan

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    January 17, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Innovative cane farmers and researchers will showcase new trials and projects at a free sugarcane field tour in the Tully region next Thursday. Organiser Charissa Rixon says the event will largely focus on nitrogen with on-farm insights into everything from bio-fertiliser to variable rate herbicide projects. Growers, industry stakeholders and other interested people can visit...

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  • Mabi revegetation Atherton Tablelands

    Revegetation Work Rescues Forest

    From: Monica Haynes
    at 4:07 am

    Nationally-threatened Mabi forest has been given a new lease of life thanks to community group Barron Catchment Care. Volunteers recently completed a two-year revegetation rescue project that brought remnant Mabi forest back from an overgrown tangle of exotic vines and weeds. Mabi forest only occurs on the Atherton Tablelands and is one of the most...

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  • MIP Update 2018 – #1

    From: Monica Haynes
    at 1:01 am

    In keeping with the MIP’s usual pace, it was a very busy end to 2017 and an extremely busy two months for the new Wet Tropics MIP Project Team. Since hitting the ground in mid October, the team has: Convened three Project Panel meetings; Attended one Steering Committee meeting, providing an update on the first...

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  • Aiming High With Satellite Cane Trial

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    January 11, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Satellite imagery will be trialled by cane farmers to help improve crop yields in a first for the Wet Tropics cane industry. Three Tully growers will trial new satellite technology to address crop yield variations within blocks – and they hope it will be a win-win for their businesses and the environment. Their work is...

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  • Tully Water Quality Field Day a Success

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    December 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Water quality is improving in the Cassowary Coast region – and changes to farming practices are part of the reason. More than 70 cane farmers and other industry representatives met in Tully recently to hear the latest information on water quality projects and the health of waterways across the Wet Tropics. The Tully sugar industry...

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  • Barretts Lagoon in good hands

    From: Monica Haynes
    December 18, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Tully has more floodplain lagoons that any other Great Barrier Reef catchment, and local cane farmers and community partners are working together to make sure one of the largest lagoons is in top condition. Terrain’s Tony O’Malley said that farmers are working with Gulnay Traditional Owners, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services, Cassowary...

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