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  • Read the December enews!

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    December 19, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Our December enewsletter is out with: New projects Job opportunities Farmers slashing fertiliser use thanks new trials A 100m rock chute to stop sediment reaching the Great Barrier Reef The Wet Tropics Report Card A high-efficiency sediment basin trial on a banana farm Plus new soil health videos, a grants hub, a northern bettong video...

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  • Digging deeper into soil health

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    December 18, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    It was all about the soil when farmers from the Tablelands to Innisfail, Tully and Ingham kick-started a new program last week to boost productivity and sustainability. Twenty-six landholders converged on a farm in Millaa Millaa and met in Ingham to hear from soil fertility specialist David Hardwick in the first of six sessions to...

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  • Life membership for Ken Atkinson

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    December 17, 2018 at 6:36 am

    A Mt Garnet grazier says “keeping an eye on the greenies” was his motive for joining the Wet Tropics’ new natural resource management board in the early 2000s. Fifteen years later Ken Atkinson has been made a life member and he laughs at his original notion. “I’ve learned a lot along the way, and seen...

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  • Season’s greetings!

    From: Monica Haynes
    at 3:31 am

    It's been another great year working with the Wet Tropics community, and our partners further afield. It always requires a big effort when we’re at the start of a new funding cycle but we’ve now got the foundations in place for 4-5 years of exciting projects and I think it shows our capability to adapt...

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  • Campaign to stop littering: Gillies Range Rd

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    December 11, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Government and community groups have joined forces to say “no more” to littering and illegal dumping along the Gillies Range Road. A campaign has been launched to stop littering and illegal dumping on the scenic route between the Tablelands and Gordonvale. “The Gillies Range Road winds its way through world heritage rainforests and is home...

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  • Cattle station helps keep sediment off Reef

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 1:04 am

    Major earthwork projects on a Far North cattle station are stopping erosion and preventing hundreds of truckloads worth of fine sediment from flowing to the Great Barrier Reef. Engineers have designed a 100m-long rock chute to divert water from an eroded gully between the Herbert River catchment and a large dam system as one of...

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  • Soil health videos

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    December 10, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Soil is one of the most important assets on your land and like all valuable assets it needs to be managed and maintained so that it functions well. If your soil is in poor condition it will impact your plant growth and crop yield. This series of short videos has been produced to provide some...

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  • Johnstone landholders improving water quality outcomes

    From: Monica Haynes
    December 6, 2018 at 3:51 am

    For the past year, the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (MIP) has worked with local organisations and landholders to identify ways to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. In the lead up to this year’s wet season, farmers are trialling proof-of-concept treatment systems, new water quality monitoring sites are being...

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  • Reef Champion Award Winners

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    November 22, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Four Wet Tropics winners in Queensland's Reef Champion Awards! Congratulations to: Mulgrave Landcare & Catchment Group - Reef Community Champions Nicole Nash (last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef) & Gavin Rodman (Sugar Research Australia) - Joint Reef Youth Champions Allan Blair (DPI) - Reef Extension Officer Champion. Congratulations also to Tully cane farmer Ray...

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  • All (Treatment) Systems Go!

    From: Monica Haynes
    November 19, 2018 at 1:02 am

    In a first for the Wet Tropics region, a High Efficiency Sediment (HES) basin was installed on a banana farm in the Innisfail area. For the past year, the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (MIP) has worked with local organisations and landholders to identify ways to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier...

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