News from the CEO

April 22, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our ‘Onland to Online’ program starts next week. 

As the impact of COVID-19 was emerging, we recognised the need to accelerate adoption of alternative approaches, to make sure we could continue to engage safely and effectively with landholders, partners and other stakeholders.

Terrain NRM has invested significantly in recent years to support remote working, and to increase productivity.  COVID-19 accelerated our adoption and exploration of additional online platforms and innovations for delivering our projects. 

The enthusiasm of Wet Tropics landholders to adapt to change and try new methods of delivery has been inspiring. As a result, we will begin running Digging Deeper Plus and Grazing Naturally workshops next week as pilot online programs via the Zoom video-conferencing platform.

Presenters David Hardwick and Dick Richardson have been busy adapting their course content for online learning, and we’ve been talking with landholders and community groups about their internet connections and program goals during the COVID-19 shutdown period.

With internet speed and connectivity constraints in some areas, these platforms won’t necessarily suit everyone so we are looking at other opportunities to continue engaging and communicating as our ‘Onland to Online’ program progresses through its next phases.

Meanwhile, field work is continuing for many projects in line with coronavirus workplace health and safety measures. This includes erosion remediation earthworks in the Mossman region, soil sampling and botanical baseline surveys and mulch trials on the Tablelands. It also includes water sampling as part of the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project in the Tully and Johnstone River catchments.

While 2020 has started with significant challenges, it is also bringing the potential for new opportunities and it has been rewarding to see the way our partners, stakeholders and community members are working together to progress natural resource management in the Wet Tropics region.

- Terrain NRM CEO Stewart Christie