Innisfail GPS project saving growers in the paddock and the hip pocket

By John Flynn

Picture a scene from the future …it’s 7.00pm on an August evening in the rolling cane fields along Henderson Drive near Innisfail and as the sun disappears behind Pin Gin Hill, the harvester driver settles in for a couple more hours at the controls.

Briefly, he glances in the direction of the South Johnstone Mill where lights are glowing and bins are being turned over long into the night. Then it’s back to work, pressing an icon on the touch-screen menu to activate auto-steer before keeping a close eye on the topper as his GPS-guided harvester follows a near perfect line along the row. Continue Reading…

Working in Harmony on Flood Cleanup

Media Release

The Harmony V was a 50 foot Ferro Ketch and one of many boats left forsaken along the banks of the Burnett River and our coastal shores following the January floods.

Its owner, Roger Hartwell, was aboard his vessel in the floods when it was hit by another vessel, broke its mooring and was swept down the Burnett River, continuously being battered by debris and other vessels.

Mr Hartwell‘s ordeal lasted 36 hours before he was air-lifted from his boat with his small dog,  her new-born litter of four and a few possessions.

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Djiru people managing country at Mission Beach

With help from Terrains’ Habitat Incentives Project (HIP), the Djiru people are drafting an integrated natural resource management plan for two big blocks of land, which are home to the endangered cassowary and littoral rainforest, at Mission Beach.

In September 2011, the Djiru people, past and present, were recognised as the Native Title holders of their traditional lands in the Mission Beach area.

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Woodslake Rehabilitation Project

Woodslake is perhaps the most culturally significant site in the closer Burketown locality. Traditional owners once relied on this pristine freshwater ecosystem as their water, food, cultural and recreational source. Since then pressures and impacts from road construction, pastoralist activities and other forms of infrastructure have created major erosion and sediment control problems in and around the lake. The adverse impact to water quality and general loss of biodiversity over this time, as seen through the eyes of Gangalidda and Garawa Traditional Owners, has been alarming.

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Partnership paves the way for protection of Ballancar’s cultural heritage

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) is working with a grazing family and Traditional Owners in South East Queensland to manage the future of numerous significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites found on an historic property.

The property Ballancar is owned by Peter and Rochelle Jesser and was the subject of an archaeological study QMDC commissioned, identifying at least nine Aboriginal cultural heritage sites including scar trees, earth ovens, grinding stones and scatters of stone tools and flakes. Continue Reading…

More than 1.2 million hectares declared Indigenous Protected in North QLD

NQ Dry Tropics is joining Traditional Owners to celebrate the declaration of more than 1.2 million hectares between Mission Beach and Ingham under the Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Areas (GRIPA) Management Plan.

The declaration is the culmination of years of hard work by the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and will guide Traditional Owners to look after the region’s natural resources and cultural heritage.

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