Terrain NRM eNewsletter | August 2016


The Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership has eleven job opportunities available. Applications are invited to those who want to help make a positive difference to the Great Barrier Reef and Cane Farming in Queensland’s Wet Tropics. Read more

Goodbye to Steve Bailey

After working for over 7 years for Terrain in Community Partnerships, Steve Bailey will be taking up a role with Cairns Regional Council leading their Natural Areas Team.  A great opportunity for Steve to step into a Leadership role and continue to deliver great NRM outcomes.

Goodbye to Gavin Kay

After 8 years with Terrain having working on carbon/climate, forestry, innovative agriculture and community partnerships Gavin Kay is leaving to pursue new directions which draw on his enormous wealth of knowledge, expertise, and passion.

    August 2016

It is with great enthusiasm that I promote the new recruitment process for eleven Wet Tropics extension and coordination positions, delivering on water quality, productivity and profitability outcomes for the cane industry.
Funded through the Australian government’s Reef Trust Phase III, Terrain is administering the recruitment process on behalf of the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP).  The partnership includes thirteen Wet Tropics cane industry organisations, Terrain and QDAF working together over the next three years to improve agricultural practice that leads to improved water quality.  These are exciting positions, located between Mossman and Ingham, to be hosted by members of the WTSIP.
Applications close on Monday 12 September and details of the positions can be found here.
  • Extension Coordinator x1
  • Regional Extension Officers x 2
  • District Extension Officers x5
  • Innovation Extension Officer x 1
  • Science and Knowledge Coordinator – Water Quality x1
  • Science and Knowledge Coordinator – Practices x1
In addition, Terrain NRM is seeking an Executive Officer to coordinate, support and help expand the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership in the development of the annual Wet Tropics Water Quality Report Card. Click on the link for more on this position. Alternatively, click here to go straight to apply!

Whilst this is a fantastic new era in creating a region wide team across many partners, we are unfortunately saying goodbye to two of our long-serving Community Partnerships staff. This month, Steve Bailey and Gavin Kay are moving on to new and exciting opportunities. I wish them both all the best in their new endeavours. They have contributed significantly to NRM in the Wet Tropics, and have delivered on some fantastic projects. See more about Steve and Gavin in the column to the left.

Reef Rescue Data Released

Terrain has published a report on the first five years of Reef Rescue. It can be found here. Please take a look - more on this next month!

Here's a recent article in the Cairns Post giving a brief overview of the findings and what it means to Bellenden Ker cane farmer, Stephen Calcagno - 'Farmers toil to prevent damage to envrionment'.

Carole Sweatman 
Landholders at Herbert Catchment Weed Field Day

International wildlife conservation organisation Rainforest Trust has offered to help raise funds to buyback important habitat from a willing landowner in the Cassowary Coast. Read more

Plan proving useful

People using the Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country so far are satisfied with the information within and think that it reflects community values well. Read more

Owners of a 5,000 acre breeder block at the headwaters of the Herbert River have fenced off 10km of river frontage and installed watering troughs to significantly reduce the amount of sediment flowing from the property to the Great Barrier Reef. Read more

Reef Report Card Update 

Good progress is being made on the pilot Wet Tropics Report Card, which is due to be released at the end of the year by the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership. Many organisations across the region are pooling their data to provide a more comprehensive picture of the health of our region's waterways. Read more
Jacqui from Terrain who presented at the National NRM Confernece Colffs Harbour

Three-phase Project Powers Farmer and Reef

The Byrnes family have improved their production, the health of their land, and the quality of water running off the farm to the Great Barrier Reef as a result of some significant land management changes. Read more

Book Your Ticket To Learn More About Biofarming

The National Biological Farming Conference (28-30 Oct), hosted by Terrain and Wet Tropics SoilCare, is shaping up to be a great opportunity to learn from many leading experts in the field. Organiser Fiona George says, "The conference is aiming to put a lot of information in front of farmers so they can scrutinise it, discuss with other farmers and make informed decisions about what is best for them." 
Read more

Government agrees to all Reef Taskforce recommendations

From the Office of the Great Barrier Reef:

The Queensland Government has agreed or agreed in principle with all ten recommendations from the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce. Read more

Notices & Upcoming Events

* 13th-15th Sept - RegenAg Bio-Fertiliser Production and Use Course (Ingham)
* 19th-23rd Sept - Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods Course
* 28th-30th Oct - Biological Farming Conference Cairns
* 1-30 October - Reefblitz - Be a Scientist for the Reef - Cairns (5th Sept 6pm at Stratford)
* 5th Queensland Pest Animal Symposium - Townsville 7-10 November 16
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