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Cane growers and scientists share knowledge at Lilliesmere Lagoon

Water quality scientists from James Cook University (JCU) headed down to Ayr last week to chat with local cane growers about fish health and water quality at Lilliesmere Lagoon.

Principal Research Scientist Dr Nathan Waltham, and Scientist Dr Christina Buelow, both from JCU’s TropWATER, spent the morning answering questions about fish passage, waterway connectivity, … Continue Reading ››

Benefits of automated irrigation flows for farmers and the reef

ALMOST 30 Burdekin district cane farmers explored the benefits of automating their irrigation schedule at a workshop conducted by NQ Dry Tropics on Russell Jordan’s Upper Haughton River farm recently. At the workshop, NQ Dry Tropics Project Officer Lisa Pulman demonstrated the benefits of automated irrigation to cane farmers participating in her … Continue Reading ››

Reef and Beef Tour 2018

Reef and Beef trip connects graziers with scientists and the reef North Queensland graziers working to improve land condition and reduce sediment erosion had a chance to strengthen their connection with the Great Barrier Reef this week as part of the Reef and Beef Trip. The two-day project wrap-up gave graziers an opportunity to hear the latest … Continue Reading ››

Going back to the future to tackle Tilapia threat

Traditional knowledge is being harnessed to fight the growing tilapia threat in the Lower Burdekin. NQ Dry Tropics and Traditional Owners are partnering to trial an indigenous technique that uses native plant material to capture fish without impacting water quality. A pilot project is about to begin, focused on removing the … Continue Reading ››

Community groups empowered to protect environment

A long-term project wraps up this month having supported 42 regional community groups to protect endangered wildlife, regenerate native bushland, and tackle marine debris. NQ Dry Tropics’ Engaging and Strengthening Communities project, funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare program, administered $360,000 of Community Landcare Grants and also delivered workshops and training … Continue Reading ››

Landcare groups learn mapping skills at Magnetic Island workshop

Community volunteers from local environmental groups recently attended a free Geographical Information Systems workshop on Magnetic Island. The NQ Dry Tropics event, funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, taught participants the tools, skills and knowledge to complete Geographic Information Systems tasks with Queensland Globe mapping software. These tasks can be … Continue Reading ››

National Volunteer Week

Community nursery volunteers celebrate National Volunteer Week
Native plant nursery volunteers from Townsville and Ayr celebrated National Volunteer Week by visiting the Whitsunday Landcare Nursery in Proserpine to exchange nursery management knowledge, including skills around raising native plants from seeds. The visit was hosted by the NQ Dry Tropics Strengthening Communities … Continue Reading ››