Nominations open for 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Nominations for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards are now open, with calls being made for individuals, businesses, industries, schools and community groups who have adopted sustainable business practices to nominate.  Continue Reading…

Southern Gulf communities benefiting from environment programs

Southern Gulf Catchments delivers the SGC Sustainable Schools Program by working with teachers to deliver curriculum based activities.

Over the last three years, Southern Gulf Catchments has engaged 18 of the 23 schools across the region in its Sustainable Schools Program which works with teachers to deliver curriculum based activities.  Continue Reading…

New approach to boost biodiversity in the Condamine

Condamine Alliance has adopted a new way to boost biodiversity in the Condamine catchment and initial results have proved promising.

The group has just released the first year report card in its biodiversity project, Enrich, which is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund.

The five year project is working in targeted locations across the catchment which have been chosen for their special vegetation characteristics and possibility of maximum conservation gains.  Continue Reading…

QMDC’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ wins award for flood recovery

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ Flood Recovery program has won the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award at this year’s Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards.  Continue Reading…

Walkway and viewing platform to protect hidden gem

Tucked away on the North West side of North Stradbroke Island, is a hidden gem known as Myora Springs, which has long had a cultural significance for the Traditional Owner group here, the Quandamooka people, who locally refer to this site as Capembah Springs, which refers to the big hill just south of the Spring.

With a nationally endangered littoral rainforest on one side, and sheltering mangroves on the other, the unique natural beauty of these springs has made it a popular water hole, frequently visited by some of the local schools and universities.

To ensure preservation of this unique spot for future generations, a need was identified to help manage some of the unintentional erosion and a loss of vegetation, including mangrove dieback, that was occurring due to a high number of visitors walking across the area.

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Fire management on track for endangered mahogany glider

2013 looks set to be a promising year for the conservation of endangered mahogany glider habitat with the Wet Tropics’ Terrain NRM hoping to exceed the target that was set for fire management in habitat by the Federal Government’s Caring for Our Country Habitat Incentives Project.

The endangered mahogany glider is only found in a very restricted area, a 110 kilometers narrow band from Ollera Creek (40 kilometers south of Ingham) up to Hull River near Tully, in Far North Queensland. Continue Reading…

One hop away from extinction

The Kroombit Tinker frog, found only in the rainforests south of Gladstone in Central Queensland is in a precarious situation.

These critically endangered frogs are pretty sensitive – they need to live at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level or higher. So the Kroombit Tops National Park and Kroombit Forest Reserve are the last places on earth they exist.

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Wet Tropics endangered species gets an $825k boost

Terrain NRM has been successful in securing $825,000 from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country initiative for a project to save Mahogany Gliders, Cassowaries and Littoral Rainforest affected by Cyclone Yasi.

The project, Building Resilience for Cassowary, Mahogany Glider and Littoral Rainforest, will increase and improve habitat by supporting on-ground action including revegetation, weed and pig control, fire management and fencing.

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Even shorebirds need trees

Media Release

Whilst the majority of our migratory waders roost (rest) on sandy beaches at high tide, some rely on the mangroves and tidal wetlands to provide suitable roost sites.  Sadly, worldwide these habitats are in decline and are being lost through land reclamation and development.

After the flood event in the summer of 2011, the Port of Bundaberg removed over 360 cubic metres of clean sand from the Burnett River.  Saltwater inundation also resulted in some vegetation loss on the Port’s lands and in particular a small patch of remnant bushland actually located within the Port’s main spoil pond.

Members of the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and Birdlife Bundaberg who monitor the Port’s resident and migratory shorebird population offered to replant the patch.

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To till or not to till, that is the question

Thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Reef Rescue Initiative and support from NQ Dry Tropics, north Queensland sugarcane farmer Stephen Lando now knows the answer.

For the past six years, Stephen and his team have been learning how to grow cane with minimal environmental impact and maximum productivity.

One of the ways they’ve learned to improve water quality and reduce carbon emissions while at the same time reducing operating costs, minimising labour and maintaining high productivity is through a process called minimum tillage. Continue Reading…