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Ants in focus at Science in the Pub

Ants in focus at Science in the Pub

Ant ecologist and former Cairns local Dr Kirsti Abbott wants you to take more notice of ants. Dr Abbott, now at University of New England, was keynote speaker at Thursday night’s free public Science in the Pub event entitled Ants –

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Vale Margaret Thorsborne AO

Vale Margaret Thorsborne AO

This week the world lost one of its true warriors with the passing of Mrs Margaret Thorsborne AO.  Perhaps best known for her extensive work with pied imperial pigeons, Margaret was exceptional in her passion for and commitment to wildlife

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Research to investigate traditional land and water management.

Research to investigate traditional land and water management.

A collaborative research project launched in Cairns today is making up to $40,000 available for traditional Aboriginal land and water management research to inform future practices in the Wet Tropics. The project is being administered by the Wet Tropics Cooperative

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Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce to target local creeks

Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce to target local creeks

Councils, land managers and Traditional Owners from Cooktown to Hinchinbrook will join forces in an annual environmental taskforce to combat yellow crazy ants in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and surrounds. The Wet Tropics Management Authority and Far North

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Wet Tropics July eNews

Wet Tropics July eNews

View e-newsletter In this edition Community and industry join to tackle climate change Authority staffer collects leadership prize Wet Tropics board takes to the road Cultural capability training emphasises respect and responsibility Rainforest Aboriginal News recognises Wet Tropics women 30th

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Rainforest Aboriginal News recognises Wet Tropics women

Rainforest Aboriginal News recognises Wet Tropics women

To mark NAIDOCWeek 2018’s theme—“Because of her, we can!”—the latest edition of the Rainforest Aboriginal News celebrates inspiring women who are leading the charge in managing the natural and cultural values of the Wet Tropics. From Elders to board directors,

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Community and industry join to tackle climate change

Community and industry join to tackle climate change

More than 40 natural resource managers, Traditional Owners and industry leaders joined with the Wet Tropics Management Authority in early July to discuss climate change and its impact on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Authority’s Climate Change Adaptation

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Cane industry stalwart joins fight against yellow crazy ants

Cane industry stalwart joins fight against yellow crazy ants

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has appointed a sugarcane industry engagement officer to assist canegrowers to eradicate yellow crazy ants south of Cairns. Wesley Moller brings 30 years of cane industry experience to the Authority’s Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program.

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Cultural capability training emphasises respect and responsibility

Cultural capability training emphasises respect and responsibility

Everyone has a responsibility in respecting and preserving First Nations people’s cultural heritage. That is one of the messages Wet Tropics Management Authority staff took from recent cultural capability training, delivered by Mandingalbay Yidinji and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Authority staffer collects leadership prize

Authority staffer collects leadership prize

The Wet Tropics Management Authority congratulates project officer Alicia Haines, who was last month named as a Top 10 Leader at the inaugural IPAA Queensland Top 10 Young Leaders Awards ceremony. Executive director, Scott Buchanan said the honour recognised Alicia’s

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Wet Tropics board takes to the road

Wet Tropics board takes to the road

The Wet Tropics Management Authority hit the road in June, taking its quarterly board meeting to the Atherton Tablelands. Directors held a strategic planning workshop to consider emerging issues, challenges and opportunities for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area over

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#WetTropics30 Flashback: 1987

#WetTropics30 Flashback: 1987

In 2018 the Wet Tropics Management Authority marks 30 years of Wet Tropics World Heritage. As part of our WetTropics30 celebrations, we take a look back at news stories which illuminate this fascinating and at times controversial period. The inscription

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30th Anniversary launch @ ECOfiesta

30th Anniversary launch @ ECOfiesta

The Wet Tropics Management Authority launched its celebrations of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area’s 30th anniversary at ECOfiesta on Sunday 3 June. The event was marked with the giveaway of 300 native rainforest trees, a range of activities and

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Future forests: 300 free trees to giveaway at Cairns ECOfiesta

Future forests: 300 free trees to giveaway at Cairns ECOfiesta

Far North Queensland residents can make their own contribution to greening our future by taking home a free tree from Cairns ECOfiesta courtesy of the Wet Tropics Management Authority. The Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed as a World Heritage

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Authority welcomes key appointments

Authority welcomes key appointments

The Wet Tropics Management Authority recently welcomed two new faces to its Planning and Conservation team. Planning and conservation team manager, Tim Wong, arrives in the Wet Tropics from the cooler climes of Canberra, where he was chief executive officer

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State of Wet Tropics report assesses region’s beauty

State of Wet Tropics report assesses region’s beauty

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area’s stunning visual landscape is the subject of the latest State of Wet Tropics Report. The 2016-2017 State of Wet Tropics Report on Natural Beauty and Aesthetic Value of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was

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Field school held on-country

Field school held on-country

Mandingalbay Yidinji Ancient Indigenous Tours and Savannah Guides joined with the Authority to host the first on-country Wet Tropics Tour Guide Field School at East Trinity Reserve on 16-17 March. The Field School was designed to provide professional development for tour guides in

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Cane growers enlisted in fight against yellow crazy ants

Cane growers enlisted in fight against yellow crazy ants

A series of field sessions held in April will assist local sugarcane growers to protect their crops against the spread of yellow crazy ants. Yellow crazy ants are listed as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species and have

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Wet Tropics high achievers honoured at Cassowary Awards

Wet Tropics high achievers honoured at Cassowary Awards

High achievers from across the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area were honoured at the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Cassowary Awards in Cairns on 10 March. More than 200 members of the Wet Tropics community gathered at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

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Final Cassowary Awards nominees revealed

Final Cassowary Awards nominees revealed

A world-renowned tree-kangaroo expert, a cane farmer and an ecologist who has published more than 600 articles are amongst the final Cassowary Awards nominees announced today. The Wet Tropics Management Authority will host the Cassowary Awards at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural

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2018 'People Country Culture' calendar released

2018 'People Country Culture' calendar released

The Wet Tropics Management Authority in conjunction with Terrain NRM has released the 2018 People Country Culture calendar. The calendar showcases ways in which Rainforest Aboriginal people are actively applying traditional knowledge and cultural practice to manage and protect the Wet Tropics cultural

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Wiseman Road West site declared free of yellow crazy ants

Wiseman Road West site declared free of yellow crazy ants

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has announced the first successful eradication of a yellow crazy ant infestation south of Bentley Park. The 10-hectare infestation of a development site near Wiseman Road West was sparked by the illegal dumping of garden

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JCU: Wet Tropics critical for rock orchid

JCU: Wet Tropics critical for rock orchid

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area may become the last place in Queensland to see a native rock orchid growing in the wild, according to James Cook University research. The genetic study of Australian rock orchids by PhD candidate Lalita

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Water mouse population revealed in Cairns

Water mouse population revealed in Cairns

An elusive vulnerable mouse species has been recorded in Cairns for the first time. The native water mouse Xeromys myoides) was known to occur in mangroves in Darwin, Arnhem Land as well as in Mackay and south to the Queensland

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