Terrain NRM eNewsletter | Novemberr 2015

Terrain's CEO Carole Sweatman

November 2015

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 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. 

Carole Sweatman 

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. 

Coming Up

- 1 Dec: Closing date for CaneTube 2015 Canegrowers Competition 
- 3 Dec: Innovative Agriculture Forum, Silkwood CWA Hall. Call Fiona on 0488 702203
- 7 Dec: Closing date for National Landscape Programme
Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants 
- 10 Dec: Soil Science on the Farm Seminar, Mareeba Bowls Club


Other News

- GBRMPA monitoring the affects on El Nino on GBR
- Australian Government committed to research agenda for cropping industries
- Queensland adds more than 11,000 ha to National Parks
Rural Leaders Programme receives investment

- BOM - Video on Climate and Water Outlook for the summer
- Dr Stephen Miles (Qld Environment Minister) to attend climate talks in Paris


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. 

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.

Soils Seminar

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. 


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