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  • Learning more about soil health

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    August 6, 2018 at 1:30 am

    A biodynamic garlic farm helped to set the scene for a soil health tour on the Tablelands recently. Fruit and vegetable growers learned how Adam Collins grows diverse winter and summer cover crops to improve soil health when they visited the Collins’s property during the workshop led by ecologist and farmer Dr Wendy Seabrook. Natural...

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  • reef rescue

    Reef Rescue Results: 8 Years of Reef Funding

    From: Elaine Seager
    August 5, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Did you know that farmers have been investing millions of dollars into improving the quality of water flowing off the land into the Great Barrier Reef? New figures show farming businesses in the Wet Tropics region have more than matched Australian Government Reef Trust funding for grants designed to reduce sediment, nutrient and pesticide run-off...

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  • Reef Programs Gear Up With Extra Jobs

    From: Monica Haynes
    August 3, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Ten new employment opportunities are available in the Wet Tropics as major Reef projects gear up to improve water quality flowing off the land into the Great Barrier Reef. All ten roles involve working in the agriculture industry, supporting farmers who are adopting more sustainable farming practices. The Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project is a three-year project...

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  • Survey work commences on Cassowary Coast farms

    From: Monica Haynes
    July 31, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Soil and topographic work is underway at sites for bioreactors and constructed wetlands on cane and banana farms in the Cassowary Coast region. Contractors are undertaking topographical surveys and soil samples at first stage sites in the Johnstone and Tully catchments to help guide the design and construction stages of systems repair technologies. The Wet...

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  • $4.4M investment to protect our natural assets

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 18, 2018 at 1:09 am

    A $4.4 million investment in the Wet Tropics will kick-start new projects to protect waterways, native vegetation and soils. Terrain NRM has secured funding from the Queensland Government for three initiatives – one to improve the health of waterways in the Mossman area, another to reduce sediment losses in the Upper Johnstone River and a...

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  • 50,000 trees to create Daintree wildlife corridor

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 9, 2018 at 1:14 am

    A dream to create a rainforest is coming true for a Wonga Beach woman who is 50,000 trees into restoring a wildlife corridor from the coast to world heritage rainforest. Annie Schoenberger began planting trees three years ago on cane land bordering the Mossman-Daintree Rd and Daintree National Park, with a plan to transform 15ha...

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  • Free soil organisms workshop

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 4, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Wouldn't it be good to stop spending as much money on fertilisers, minerals, composts and bio-fertilisers? Organic techniques are great for growing chemical-free food - and a free workshop this month will show participants how to give soil organisms the job of managing our fertiliser regime, to grow strong, pest and disease resistant plants, and...

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  • Tully State High School with Peter Salleras at Fruit Forest Farm

    Students take to the fields to learn about reef health

    From: Monica Haynes
    July 3, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Farms have become classrooms for Tully State High School students learning about water catchment health and ways to reduce impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Year 9 geography students took water samples and saw first-hand the results of innovative farming practices – from making bio-fertilisers and growing fallow crops to creating wetlands that act as...

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  • Myrtle rust: Help needed

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 4:42 am

    What do you know about the increasing myrtle rust problem? Find out more here or help with research… Queensland Herbarium’s Dr Jarrah Wills and Queensland Department of Environment and Science’s Keith Smith have been researching the fungal disease’s impact on the Wet Tropics. This region now has a huge range of badly-impacted myrtle groups and...

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  • Team targets gullies

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    July 2, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Sites in upper Herbert River region are being assessed for a $3 million program to improve water quality in the catchment area. A team of gully remediation, earthworks and construction specialists visited a number of properties recently to consider the best ways to tackle erosion issues and reduce sediment run-off. The Herbert River Gully and...

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