Tag Archives: 2018

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 ››

Early project results show cane growers improving Reef water quality and boosting profits

A project supporting Burdekin cane growers to reduce fertiliser use without affecting yield has so far prevented 116 tonnes of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) from entering waterways and impacting the Great Barrier Reef.

A high level of DIN in water has been linked to outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish on the Reef, and … Continue Reading ››

Charters Towers Traditional Owners focus on ways to record and archive their history

A workshop held in Charters Towers this week supported members of the local Gudjal Traditional Owner group to capture and archive key information about their country and cultural history.

The NQ Dry Tropics event,  funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, focused on ways of recording Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) such as elder … Continue Reading ››

NQ Dry Tropics streamlining Paddock to Reef efficiencies

NQ Dry Tropics has streamlined its project management and Paddock to Reef data, adopting Esri technology to complement its current web-based software applications to manage natural resource management projects. The Esri Collector App enables field staff and NQ Dry Tropics’ delivery partners to improve data capture and management workflows which helps build detailed information to make … Continue Reading ››

Pasture and grazing management key to productivity

Nineteen graziers and land managers representing 10 enterprises met recently at Toomba Station, north of Charters Towers, for the first of a four-part series of NQ Dry Tropics Grazing Management courses.

Participants learned how well-managed grazing can stimulate growth of preferred pasture species, improve rainfall infiltration and moisture retention, and protect against erosion. They also … Continue Reading ››