Community Involvement

Big outcomes for largest catchment draining to GBR

Central Queensland’s leading natural resource management group Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) coordinated the delivery of more than $30 million in funding under the first five years of Reef Rescue with over 800,000 hectares encompassed by on-ground projects.

FBA CEO Paul Birch said during this time FBA and its delivery partners worked with land managers and the community to adopt better practices, protect and restore sensitive ecosystems, and improve knowledge of the link between water quality and the reef. Continue Reading…

148 kilograms of rubbish cleared from Straddies’ beaches

A recent marine debris clean up on Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island, cleared a massive 148 kilograms of debris in just five hours along a four kilometre stretch of coastline – equivalent to what the average Australian household produces in a month!

The debris included thousands of pieces of plastic bits, 530 cylume glow sticks and lots of styrofoam, toothpaste caps and plastic pellets.

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Local wildlife to flourish with community planting

Local wildlife will benefit from a community planting day held on the 23rd March at Homestead Park, Mt Cotton.

Community volunteers helped plant over 800 native trees. This will contribute to more than 12,000 trees being planted in the park to provide koala, wallaby and other wildlife corridors between existing bushland areas.
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Carbon Farming to feature at FNQ Field Day

Media Release
8 May 2013

Four organisations across FNQ are bringing together some of Australia’s leading carbon farming specialists at this year’s FNQ Field Day, which takes place 29 – 30 May at Mareeba.

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, Southern Gulf Catchments, Cook Shire Council and Terrain NRM are providing visitors to the field day with a jam-packed schedule of presentations and workshops as well as technical natural resource management information and extension services.

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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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Improving biodiversity through grazing management in the Southern Gulf region

Southern Gulf Catchments worked with landholders to protect priority habitat areas in the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria catchments, as part of the Back on Track – Actions for Biodiversity project.

Three properties (Barr Creek, Mount Emu, Maiden Springs) received funding to complete four on-ground projects, which assisted in grazing management to protect species and habitat.  The total area of over 17,000 hectares directly benefited from these on-ground works. Each participating property was assisted and encouraged to enter further discussions with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) about potential completion of an Nature Refuge Agreement.

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Emotional response to new cyclone documentary

Around 70 people gathered in Mission Beach on Wednesday 25 July for the inaugural viewing of Terrain NRM’s new documentary “Living in Cyclone Country”, funded through the Queensland Government’s Rural Resilience Package.

The event was hosted by Terrain Director Keith Noble, with the Queensland Government Minister for Natural Resource and Mines, the Honourable Andrew Cripps MP officially launching the documentary.

“Living in Cyclone Country” captures the experiences and stories of a wide range of community members who endured Cyclone Yasi in February 2011 and also documents the impact of the cyclone on the natural environment.

Minister Cripps, who was born and raised in Tully, said “many of the local people here have extensive experience with cyclones. However, none of us had ever experienced anything like Cyclone Yasi.”

The overwhelming response from the audience – which was made up of film contributors, government, council and industry representatives, and active local community members – was that the documentary not only presents heartfelt messages relevant to all communities that are vulnerable to such events, but also celebrates the strength and resilience of the community affected by Yasi.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Bill Shannon, who also attended the launch, found it an emotional experience to revisit his home area, as it was immediately following the cyclone, through this film.

“When the movie finished there was a slight delay before people clapped. I could hear in the silence that people were still confronted or overwhelmed by some of it,” said Mayor Shannon.

“That’s saying that the movie really got the nature of the event because you could actually see that it hit people, eighteen months later, so hard.”

“It’s very, very important that this film doesn’t gather dust,” he said. “It is an important historical record for our region, and its value will be in showing it in areas to the north and south which are also in the cyclone belt.”

Minister Cripps shared Mayor Shannon’s view, saying “we need to update and remind people about what they’ve been through and not to be complacent.”

“We know how to do the basics but each event will be different. And as much as we can possibly do, we need to prepare people for these types of extreme natural disasters. We never know when they’re going to occur or how severe they are going to be,” he said.

The “Living in Cyclone Country” documentary is part of Terrain’s broader Lessons from Yasi program, which has brought together the experiences and learnings from hundreds of people, with a focus on how to improve the management of the natural environment, not only after events such as Yasi, but also during calm periods.

“Community input into Terrain’s Lessons from Yasi program has highlighted the value that people place on the unique natural environment of the Wet Tropics, and emphasises the importance of making sure we do all we can to give it a helping hand,” said Terrain’s CEO Carole Sweatman.

The “Living in Cyclone Country” documentary will be broadly distributed throughout the Far North Queensland region as well as other cyclone-prone areas of Australia and can be accessed through Terrain’s website

Free copies of the documentary are available by contacting Terrain on (07) 4043 8000 or

Mahogony Gliders a golfing icon

Golfers in Cardwell are sporting alongside an endangered population of ‘slender rope dancers’. Mahogany Gliders share their home with visiting and local sportsmen and women alike in this unique arrangement where they literally ‘forage in the rough’.

A recent unveiling of four interpretive signs at the golf course welcomed Traditional Owners, Government and community groups on the green at the Cardwell Golf Club. With a recurring message ‘every tree matters to me’, the signs were developed to inform and educate the local community and tourists about the presence of mahogany gliders in the area.

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Field days look at fertiliser efficiency research

The dairy industry has held field days across Queensland showcasing some of the latest research and findings on fertiliser efficiency, as part of a research project by Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University.

Dr David Rowlings at QUT is one of the researchers involved and said that the fertiliser treatments have been designed to mimic average commercial irrigated ryegrass-kikuyu pasture rotations used in the tropics and sub-tropics.

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200 000 People Involved in Practical Change

More than 200,000 people have been engaged in improving land management practice thanks to 56 regional natural resource management groups and the Australian Government. There’s a lot happening in our backyard.