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  • Mission Beach celebrates new nature refuge

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    October 25, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    The Mission Beach community will celebrate next week when a long-running campaign to save a critical patch of cassowary habitat culminates in a new nature refuge. Community members are gathering on Tuesday (30 October) at Lot 66 – a section of remnant rainforest that grabbed national headlines 10 years ago when former Federal Environment Minister...

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  • Wet Tropics Reef champion finalists

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 10:44 pm

    A marine biologist campaigning to reduce ocean waste and a cane farmer reducing synthetic nitrogen use are among the Far North finalists in Australia’s 2018 Reef Champion Awards. Cairns marine biologist Nicole Nash, Tully cane grower Ray Zamora, volunteers from the Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group, DAFF extension officer Allan Blair, Sugar Research Australia’s Gavin...

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  • Mapping an online future

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    October 22, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Caring for country now involves drones, GPS mapping and online mapping portals. Indigenous groups in the Wet Tropics are going digital to record their land, sites of cultural significance and environmental projects ranging from tree plantings to traditional burns. And the project is bringing together the older and younger generations. Traditional owner Rona Hart said...

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  • Upper Johnstone landholder workshops

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 5:09 am

    We want to learn more about erosion hot-spots in the Upper Johnstone region for the new Upper Johnstone Integrated Project - especially if you are a grazier. So we'd love to see you at upcoming 'Walking the Landscape' workshops relating to Ithaca-Thiaki and Malanda Creek sub-catchments, & the Nerada region. This project will repair high-priority spots & improve...

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  • Vale Margaret Thorsborne

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 5:06 am

    The pied imperial pigeons were arriving when Margaret Thorsborne left – a fitting farewell for a woman who worked tirelessly to protect these migratory birds. Margaret passed away last week at 91 years of age. Her legacy – as an environmental champion in the Wet Tropics region – will live on for much longer.  A...

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  • Wetland restoration

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 4:49 am

    A weed-choked haven for feral pigs has been transformed into wetlands supporting native plants, animals and the Great Barrier Reef. Ingham farmers Sam and Santo Lamari described a 40ha patch of swampland on their property as “an absolute disaster” until a group of organisations secured funding and invested more than $90,000 in its restoration. The...

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  • Laptops donation

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 4:42 am

    Fifteen of Terrain NRM’s pre-loved laptops will help young people in need to access education. Terrain has donated the laptops to Mission Australia, a community organisation that supports families and helps homeless people of all ages find housing and get a ‘leg-up’ in life. Mission Australia’s Mark Jentz said the computers would be used in...

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  • Extra monitoring sites

    From: Monica Haynes
    October 18, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Almost 30 new water-monitoring sites are being rolled out across the Johnstone and Tully catchments to give landowners a better idea of water quality in their patch. The Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project’s Alicia Buckle said the installations were in response to farmer feedback. “This is about filling in gaps - growers want to know...

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  • Locals star in new video about threatened species

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    September 27, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Locals star in a new video to help protect threatened species including cassowaries, northern bettongs and quolls. Cairns’s Dr Sandra Abell and Alberto Vale are among six locals in “Explore the Secret Lives of the Region’s Endangered Species” – a project that has brought together the tourism industry, scientists, traditional owners and environmental groups. Dr...

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  • Graziers learn new soil health practices at free workshops

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    September 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Weeds and grasses can tell you a lot about soil health – that was one of the messages at free workshops for graziers on the Tablelands and in Ingham recently. Local grazier and mixed-crop farmer Adam Collins joined with visiting ecological farming expert Dick Richardson for paddock sessions on improving soil health and pasture-carrying capacity....

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