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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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  • CEO’s June Message

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    June 10, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    CEO Carole Sweatman The announcement that Qantas will jump on board the new Reef Credits Scheme is great news for all of us - and for the Great Barrier Reef. Qantas plans to purchase reef credits, as it does carbon credits. We know that farmers and graziers are major investors in change. Reef Credits will...

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  • Farmers share results from trials

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    June 8, 2018 at 5:22 am

    More farm trials involving mill mud and mixed fallow crops would be useful in the Wet Tropics, farmers say. Thirty cane growers met in Cardwell recently to discuss a range of innovative trials undertaken in the Innisfail-Tully region as part of Project Catalyst - a partnership between more than 100 Queensland cane growers, natural resource...

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  • Reef Credits Scheme Takes Flight

    From: Monica Haynes
    at 4:57 am

    Qantas has become the first corporate investor to jump on board a new reef credits scheme that will help to expand funding in reef water quality projects. Reef Credits – similar to carbon credits – is Australia’s first market-based system providing ecosystem service payments in exchange for making changes to reduce nutrient, pesticide and sediment...

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  • Firing up for controlled burns

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 4:31 am

    Aboriginal rangers from Cooktown to Cardwell are firing up for controlled burns. Rangers and other traditional owners are taking fire management courses so they can work with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and rural fire fighters to stop wildfires and manage controlled burn programs. Controlled burns will be happening in unallocated state forest on...

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  • Pests & Weeds Roadshow

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 4:01 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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  • Mapping tool for reveg planning

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 3:51 am

    A new interactive mapping tool to help plan revegetation projects has been put through its paces on the Atherton Tablelands. The tool – which makes spatial mapping data available to the public on everything from climate refuges for animal species to ideal carbon sequestration areas – draws on scientific and geographic information from government departments,...

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  • Woodleigh Station protects the Reef

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 1:18 am

    It is 130km from the ocean but a fifth-generation cattle station near Ravenshoe is becoming a Far North Queensland leader in protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Woodleigh Station, which has been in the Williams-Waddell family for 105 years and is known for its cattle and camping, is one of the first sites to benefit from...

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