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  • Organic matter under the microscope at soil health workshop

    From: Skye Orsmond
    January 9, 2020 at 1:48 am

    Organic matter - it matters!  This was the message recently delivered to a group of banana, tropical fruit and sugarcane farmers at a soil health workshop in Tully. Visiting soil expert David Hardwick from Soil Land Food covered topics including where nitrogen fertiliser goes and how nutrients cycle in the natural environment.  Tully Basin Coordinator...

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  • Message from the CEO

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    December 16, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Merry Christmas from everyone at Terrain NRM!   Thank you to all our partners for your ongoing support and commitment to delivering projects that are improving the Wet Tropics region’s water quality, biodiversity, productivity and sustainability. Some of the highlights from 2019 include:  Installing 10 treatment systems (bioreactors, wetlands and a high-efficiency sediment basin) on farms as...

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  • Water quality monitoring workshops

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 6:12 am

    Farmers are hitting the creeks to learn more about waterway health in their patch. Landholders of all ages waded into the issue recently, taking samples from Tablelands creeks to check everything from pH levels to the types of tiny creatures living in the water. Terrain NRM’s Evizel Seymour said macroinvertebrates such as dragonfly, mayfly larvae...

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  • Life memberships awarded

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 6:04 am

    Carole Sweatman, Bill Shannon and Bruce Corcoran have been named life members of Terrain NRM.

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  • Glen Ruth Station helps to protect the Reef

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 5:54 am

    Major earthworks on eroded gully systems will stop several hundred tonnes of sediment – or up to 10 semi-trailer loads – from reaching the Reef each year.

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  • Streambank work protects land and water

    From: Monica Haynes
    December 13, 2019 at 6:26 am

    A Cassowary Valley cane farmer is hoping a new rock wall will help his creek banks hold up in flood events, and stop productive land being washed away. Richard Padovan is shoring up eroding streambanks as part of a landscape remediation project funded by the Queensland Government’s Natural Resources Investment Program. Terrain NRM’s Vanessa Drysdale...

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  • Reef Champion Award winners

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    November 27, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Two Wet Tropics cane farming families, a grazing family and a water quality extension officer have won Queensland Reef Champion Awards for their work to reduce our impact on the Great Barrier Reef. These winners are Woodleigh Cattle Station’s Kate and Peter Waddell, cane farmer Lenny Parisi, cane partnership V Rossi and Sons, and the...

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  • Cassowaries on camera

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    November 26, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Cassowaries will be captured on camera in a new project to reduce the road toll for the iconic and endangered birds. Cameras have been installed at cassowary crossing hotspots on Far Northern roads and they will be in place for one year as part of the Queensland Government and CSIRO-funded project which is also a...

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  • CEO’s Message

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    November 25, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    My first three weeks at Terrain NRM have been a whirlwind of meetings and trying to make the most of my handover time with Carole but it has been amazing to meet so many people who are passionate about NRM and making a positive difference in our region. I want to thank everyone for being...

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  • Region’s first waterway health forum a success

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 6:19 am

    The reality that plastic debris ‘breaks up’ into smaller pieces and enters the food chain without ever breaking down was a hot topic at a recent forum on emerging issues in waterway health. Wet Tropics Waterways hosted the Cairns forum which featured microplastics specialist Dr Michelle Blewitt and ranged in topics from plastic pollution and...

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