Engaging and Strengthening Communities

The NQ Dry Tropics Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts programme works with community groups and individuals to increase their participation in natural resource management (NRM) activities. A tailored strengthening project is building skills, enhancing knowledge and increasing voluntary activity in the community, including among Indigenous people, women, young people and culturally diverse people within our region. Environmental community groups play an important role in NRM and can apply for a devolved grant. This funding provides opportunities for community groups to undertake on-ground activities and achieve positive and sustainable outcomes for the Burdekin Dry Tropics region.

The project focuses on four key areas that will contribute to the overall goal of engaging the community in NRM activities;

  1. Increase community, skills, knowledge and engagement in NRM;
  2. Protect internationally significant wetlands (Ramsar wetlands);
  3. Conserve and protect species and ecosystems; and
  4. Restore and maintain urban waterways and coastal environments.

In particular, the project is engaging community members and other stakeholders to protect the Ramsar-listed wetlands of Bowling Green Bay; protect the habitat of endangered species including the Little Tern, Eastern Curlew, Green Sea Turtle and Dugong; protect nationally endangered ecological communities including the semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow Belt and Nandewar Bioregions; and restore waterways and coastal environments through marine debris removal, revegetation and invasive species control.

Community Events

NQ Dry Tropics has held a number of events that have engaged a diverse range of community groups and contributed to achieving positive environmental outcomes. These include:

Queens Beach Case Study

Grant supports weed control – Magnetic Island

Maggie Reclaimed

NQ Dry Tropics will continue to work with community organisations to organise events that promote community involvement in NRM. Information on upcoming events can be found on our website.

If you’re part of a community group, or would like to know more about how to get involved in this exciting and diverse project, email info@nqdrytropics.com.au.

How to use Queensland Globe

This user guide has been produced to help NRM community groups access Queensland Globe and use its GIS functionality. It was prepared for a NQ Dry Tropics Strengthening Communities Project 2018.

Download user guide manual here.

Photo monitoring guidelines

Photo monitoring is a simple and effective way to record the changes in the environment before and after work, or over time. Many funding providers require before and after photos as evidence that the funded works have been carried out. Photo monitoring is also useful to help record gradual changes that are hard to notice from day to day.

Download guidelines here.

Site Management Plan Template

We all benefit from the natural beauty in our region. Luckily for all of us, there are people in our community that freely give their time and effort to protect, preserve and restore bushland, waterways and beaches. This work would not happen without volunteers and grassroots groups.

A site management plan template has been developed to help these groups plan their goals and how best to achieve them.  The template keeps all landcare site information in one place, it aligns on-ground activities with strategic plans, and provides a work plan for volunteers to follow.  It is an important tool for community groups to be able to carry out their work.

Download Site Management Plan Template here.

For further information and assistance on site management plans please contact NQ Dry Tropics’ Engaging and Strengthening Communities project officer on 4799 3500, or by email info@nqdrytropics.com.au.

Free Clean Up Trailer

As part of the Strengthening Communities project, NQ Dry Tropics has teamed up with Alliance for a Cleaner Townsville (AfACT) to provide community groups or individuals with free hire of a clean up trailer.


The trailer can be used for clean up days and other community events. It comes with garden tools, garden gloves, a BBQ, gas bottle, cooler eskies and a fold out table. To book the wagon, make sure you have a vehicle with a towbar and contact NQ Dry Tropics on 4724 3544 or email at info@nqdrytropics.com.au at least three days before your event.

Keep in Touch

Our facebook page, Volunteering Dry Tropics, promotes a range of events and opportunities, and shares photos and stories about past events.