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Terrain NRM eNewsletter | July 2016

Bio Farming Conference & Expo

October 28-30, 2016
Cairns Convention Centre, Tropical North Queensland

Leading international and local farmers, researchers and advisors.

Showcase of forty exhibitors with the latest products and technology.


REGISTRATIONS OPEN!
$350 +GST

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Carole Sweatman   

(Chief Executive Officer)

Funding arrangements for NRM in the regions are changing again, and regional bodies around Queensland are looking at ways to further reduce costs and ensure the most effective and strategic delivery of NRM in the regions. 
 
Terrain is actively working with other NRM organisations, Cape York NRM and Northern Gulf NRM to improve the effectiveness of our organisations across far North Queensland.  We hope to have more detailed news in the near future of the benefits of a closer working relationship across the north.
 
In addition, we have been working very closely with the cane industry regarding the arrangements for implementing the Australian Government's Reef Trust III. 

Over the past four weeks, Terrain has been working in partnership with industry representatives to develop a model of shared decision making and oversight of reef water quality projects across the Wet Tropics.  The new model is proving very exciting and one that other regions around the nation will look to. Our partnerships with the cane industry has solidified in order to implement best practice and further achieve improved water quality flowing to the Reef from farms.  Watch out for new job opportunities across the Wet Tropics for Extension Officers in the coming weeks – an important outcome of the Reef Trust funding.  We look forward to lots of interest from people in these roles.

This new model demonstrates a collaboration of land managers, industry, and science where we are sharing roles and responsibilities to achieve agreed outcomes to reach Reef targets.

It's early days, but we are working hard to keep up the momentum of previous Reef funding rounds and I expect there will be more news on this and broader NRM arrangements in the coming months.



Carole Sweatman 

Pay Dirt: National Biological Farming Conference and Expo - Cairns, 28-30 Oct 2016

To hit pay dirt: to discover something of value; to get to the basic facts of something.

It’s all about soil in the far north as the countdown to the National Biological Farming Conference in Cairns in late October starts in earnest. Read more

Your Backyard Story Map

Story maps are a new and engaging way of communicating some of the key projects and activities going on around the region. Read more

Other News & Links

- Invasive Animals CRC feral animal photo competition
- 2016 Premier's Sustainability Awards. Nominate now
-Community Sustainability Action Grants now open
- Qld Indigenous Land and Sea Grant Program. Find out more

Traditional Owners across the State can now apply for Queensland Government Indigenous Land and Sea Grants to build their capacity to conserve and protect environmental and cultural resources. Read more

Call for 'Reef' Partners

The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership is calling for more community groups, industry organisations and institutions to join the Partnership and make a contribution to supporting the future health of the reef. Read more.

Innovative solutions to overcome north’s tough environment

Story from the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub.

A number of Australia’s top experts in emerging environmental monitoring methods involving drones, underwater cameras and novel uses of DNA have brought their expertise to northern Australia. Read more

 

Watch out Facebook, here we come!

Thirteen community natural resource management (NRM) groups and organisations from around the region are now better equipped to reach and engage a broader audience using social media thanks to recent workshops held by Terrain NRM. Read more

Worm farms feed cattle 

A Mirriwinni cattle farmer has made room in his shed for 30 worm farms which have been pumping out a natural liquid fertiliser for his pastures. I want to know more

Notices & Upcoming Events

* Friday 28th October - 30 Oct - Biological Farming Conference Cairns
* 5th Queensland Pest Animal Symposium - Townsville 7-10 November 16
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