News from the CEO

June 25, 2020

A funding boost for Wet Tropics Waterways initiatives was welcome news this month. Terrain hosts the Waterways partnership which includes industry, community groups, research institutions and all levels of government.

The partnership’s main role is to produce the annual Wet Tropics Report Card, drawing on data from many different organisations to assess the health of our creeks, rivers and estuaries.

New funding, from the Australian Government, will help us to broaden the partnership’s water quality improvement, monitoring and reporting roles to include more of a focus on citizen science initiatives and results, and on urban water assessments among other things.

Wet Tropics Waterways has been funded by the Queensland and Australian governments, as well as several local partners, for the past four years as an initiative of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. The partnership will launch its fifth annual Wet Tropics Report Card next month, on Wednesday 29 July at 4pm, and you are all invited to be part of this online event. We will have more details in coming weeks.

There was also sad news this month, with the passing of a world leader in the field of water quality. Dr Jon Brodie, from James Cook University’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, led many research programs over his years as a scientist in this region, helped to shape plans such as the Reef Water Quality Improvement Plan and broadened both public knowledge and scientific understanding of the Reef. He leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.

Stewart Christie
25 June 2020