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Terrain NRM eNewsletter | August 2015

Terrain's CEO, Carole Sweatman

September 2015

This month the spotlight is on threatened species, culminating with next weeks World Cassowary Day event in Mission Beach (Saturday 26 Sept). There will be over 40 wildlife conservation groups attending as well as our special guest, Gregory Andrews, the Federal Government's Threatened Species Commissioner. The event will be a great opportunity for all the different groups to come together to share ideas and promote their causes to the general public.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate some of our local farmers who were recently recognised at the Reef Programme Awards at the Reef, Range & Red Dust Conference in Caloundra. Well done to Dennis Byrnes (Dairy Category winner), Craig & Jade Buchanan (Horticulture winners) and Gerard & Therese Puglisi (runners up). 

 

WQIP Launched

After 18 months of working with research agencies, government and regional stakeholders, the Wet Tropics Water Quality Improvement Plan has been approved by the Australian Government and is available to view on our website. Johnstone, Tully and Herbert have been identified as priority catchments.

New Soil Guidelines
This year is the International Year of Soil and in recognition of the importance that healthy soil plays in our future wellbeing, Queensland's Environment Minister, Anthony Lyneham, recently launched the new soil guidelines.  

Targeting Tropical Weeds

Invasive weed alert! DAF's Four Tropical Weeds Programme targets 6 weed species that have been introduced to North Queensland. Koster's Curse, Limnocharis, Miconia (3 types) and Mikania Vine are all native to tropical America. 

Big Plans at Wonga Beach

The Nightwings Rainforest Centre in Mossman was delighted to receive a recent Community NRM Grant to help them get started with their ambitious rainforest regeneration project. It will eventually encompass a visitor centre, bat hospital and rainforest walks.  

Climate Change Impacts

Jacob Price, a student at JCU, is undertaking research into the impacts of changing climate on farming practices. He is looking for local farmers to take part in a short survey.
 
Story Mapping our Threatened Species
Did you know that there are over 50 threatened animal species in the Wet Tropics, as well as over 200 threatened plant species and 3 threatened ecological communities? Terrain's current priority species are the cassowary, mahogany glider and mabi rainforest. This story map illustrates the work we're doing. 
Terrain recently hosted some Environmental Management students from UQ who came to learn more about what our local farmers are doing to help reduce runoff into the Reef.  

Upcoming Events

- World Cassowary Day: 26 September (10am-2pm) at C4 in Mission Beach
- Mungalla Open Day: 2 October
- Launch of Wet Tropics Plan for People & Country: 20 November in Cairns
- Terrain's AGM: 20 November in Cairns

 
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