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  • Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef The Honourable Steven Miles launches the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project

    Reef protection ‘blueprints’ rolled out in Burdekin and Wet Tropics

    From: Monica Haynes
    September 1, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, launched the start of on-ground action for the Wet Tropics and Burdekin Major Integrated Projects (MIPs), worth a combined total of $33m. The Palaszczuk Government is rolling out two large scale reef water quality projects that...

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  • Debbie and Jose Caamano

    Radical Plan to Plant Radish as a Water Saver

    From: Elaine Seager
    August 28, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Dwindling water levels at Tinaroo Dam have driven lime growers Debbie and Jose Caamano to look for different ways to save water. They are hoping that growing daikon radish as a deep- rooted cover crop could be a part of the solution. The Caamanos have spent 30 years transforming degraded tobacco land near Mareeba into...

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    Robin Clark brings land use planning expertise

    From: Monica Haynes
    August 23, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Robin Clark has been appointed as a Terrain Director, pro tempore, and brings over 30 years’ experience in land use planning and natural resource management. The appointment follows Keith Noble’s move into the role of Chair, after Mike Berwick’s retirement earlier this year, which left a vacant Director position. Both Ms Clark’s and Dr Noble’s...

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  • Soil health is important to Wet Tropics farmers

    Soil Health – No Longer a Dirty Subject

    From: Monica Haynes
    August 7, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Terrain's Regional Landcare Facilitator shares how "soil health" changed from a controversial topic to a standard paddock conversation. In late 2012, three agronomists from Central America travelled to the Wet Tropics to deliver courses on regenerative agricultural practices. Farmers learnt how to make biologically active fertilisers to revitalise their soil and jump-start their production outputs,...

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  • Airborne siam weed seed

    Survey Finds More Siam Weed

    From: Monica Haynes
    July 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

    A week of intensive surveying has found more Siam weed around the edges of Tinaroo Falls Dam. We’re calling on the community to help identify the source of infestation and prevent further spread. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), SunWater, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service coordinated the survey after a recent Siam weed...

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  • Students Tour Wet Tropics

    From: Monica Haynes
    at 4:13 am

    Students from 22 countries have investigated Wet Tropics water quality issues in a week of intensive study. The Integrated Water Management Masters course is coordinated by the International Water Centre, a collaboration between Griffith University and the University of Queensland. Wade Hadwen, convenor of the study tour, said the Wet Tropics was chosen because of...

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  • Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce members from WTMA and Terrain NRM

    Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce Taking Care of Business

    From: Monica Haynes
    July 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Terrain community partnership officers formed part of a large environmental taskforce helping to eradicate yellow crazy ant infestations around Cairns. Yellow crazy ants are an invasive species that kill and displace native fauna, threaten the biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and impact local cane farmers and residents. The taskforce was deployed to...

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  • New! Gully Remedition Project Announced to Fight Erosion

    From: Monica Haynes
    June 27, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Terrain will work directly with 40 landholders who manage more than 160,000 ha of grazing land to improve land management and reduce erosion. The $3 million Herbert River Catchment and Gully Remediation project is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust Phase IV Gully and Stream Bank Erosion Control Program. It is part of a...

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  • Great Barrier Reef: Are We Making Progress?

    From: Elaine Seager
    June 23, 2017 at 3:24 am

    With so much investment pouring into Reef projects in the Wet Tropics, how do we know if we’re really making any difference? Reef Trust III, Reef Trust IV, Major Integrated Project, BMP…these are just some of the projects that Terrain and industry are involved in, but there are many other reef projects also happening in...

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  • Wet Tropics cane farmer Vince Blanco

    Funded Equipment Contributes to Better Yields

    From: Monica Haynes
    June 22, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Following in his dad’s footsteps, Vince Blanco farms 100ha of cane land across two farms in the Herbert District, one at Toobanna and the other farm at Orient, Ingham. One of Vince’s farms is prone to water logging, flooding nearly every year with water backing up, while the other is slightly undulating with creeks traversing the...

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