What a great turn out to the launch of the Wet Tropics Plan for People & Country on Friday. Thank you to everyone who came along, it was encouraging to see so many people being positively engaged in NRM in our region. I also want to thank Warren Entsch for his generous comments and for making it official.
The draft plan is accessible online at www.wettropicsplan.org.au. We now want the community to look at it, have a play with it and give us feedback about how it can be improved. The final version will go to the Australian Government in June 2016 for sign off.
Please let us know what you think.
Impact of Climate on Biodiversity
Dr April Reside from JCU (seen here on the right) is the person behind the cutting edge scientific research into the impact of climate on Wet Tropics biodiversity, which is incorporated into the Wet Tropics Plan. She has mapped the habitat for 700 individual vertebrate species into the future. The Biodiversity DIY map within the plan's mapping tool includes this information for those wanting to drill down into the detail.
We recently hosted a delegation of 20 Academics and Government officials from the Philippines who came to learn about how farms on the Cassowary Coast respond to natural disasters. Facilitated by the International Water Centre, the visit included a presentation by Terrain NRM about how FNQ farmers responded to Cyclones Larry and Yasi and how this could be adapted to conditions in the Philippines.
Annual Report Available Online
Terrain's annual report for the financial year 2014/2015 is now available to read on our website. Read more
Coin Funds Habitat Purchase
A cassowary and chick photograph taken by Wongaling Beach residents Robert and Sue Tidey has been immortalised in a silver dollar coin that will be donated to raise money to buy habitat. The limited edition coin can be used as legal tender and is the latest in the Endangered & Extinct series crafted by Downies and struck by the Perth Mint.
New NRM Plan Launched
Last week we launched the draft of the region's new NRM plan in an interactive web-based format. This marks the beginning in a new era of planning - rather than a huge printed document collecting dust, this plan is a living document that can be accessed by anybody at anytime. It's also very practical with lots of useful mapping tools that the community can use. The digital format will enable us to keep it updated and track the progress that projects are making.
NRM Education for Kids
Steve Bailey, one of our Community Partnerships Team, has been assisting students who are undertaking the 2015 Cairns district schools science and environmental enrichment program. Oliver Medwell from Trinity Beach has been doing a sediment project.
There is a FREE Soil Science on the Farm seminar being held at the Mareeba Bowls Club on 10 December (9.30am-12pm). Dr John Armour will be talking about influences on soil water holding capacity and Dr Tony Pattison will be speaking about the role of soil biology in tropical farming systems. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Fiona on 0488 702203 by 4 Dec. See the flyer on the Terrain Facebook page for more info.