Tag Archives: Wetlands

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 ››

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 ››

Cane farmers and scientists focus on water quality during AIMS visit

A visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) last week gave a group of Burdekin cane farmers an opportunity to learn more about the science behind water quality research.

The NQ Dry Tropics event, designed to help foster a better understanding between farmers and scientists, also involved representatives from Lower Burdekin Water, Burdekin … Continue Reading ››

Wet weather highlights fishway success and boosts fish migration

NQ Dry Tropics, Lower Burdekin Water and TropWater took advantage of last week’s wet weather by deploying fish monitoring survey traps at Lilliesmere Lagoon to see whether recently installed fishways are working effectively. Due to the extended dry, this was the first opportunity to test the fishways since they were … Continue Reading ››