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See below previous news from the Wet Tropics Management Authority 


The Authority's July eNews out now

The Authority's July eNews out now

In the July edition of eNews you will find out what's been happening in the yellow crazy ant space, how the Authority has helped in resolving an aviation mystery as well as how we have been working with tour guides

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Rainforest Aboriginal Grants

Rainforest Aboriginal Grants

The Rainforest Aboriginal Grants Program supports Rainforest Aboriginal people and their organisations to enhance knowledge, fulfil cultural responsibilities to country and improve capacity to manage the cultural and natural values of their traditional land and sea estates in the Wet

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Staff farewells

Staff farewells

The last few months has seen the Authority farewell a number of members of our team. Our colleagues have made extraordinary contributions to the Authority during their tenures and although we are sad to see them go we wish them

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The community have their say in Plan Review

The community have their say in Plan Review

The Authority is currently reviewing the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 which protects the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area through regulation of activities that may impact on World Heritage values. The review is undertaken every 10 years in collaboration with

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Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has joined students, parents and teachers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Centre to celebrate their contributions to the eighth annual 39;Keep it Wild' eco-art competition. More than 50 entries from 10 schools across the region

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New positions created at Wet Tropics Management Authority

New positions created at Wet Tropics Management Authority

A host of new and exciting roles have emerged within Wet Tropics Management Authority's Yellow Crazy Ants Eradication Program YCAEP).   The Authority has advertised a range new positions to join the Portsmith-based team. We were very pleased to recieve

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'Wild' Wet Tropics eco-sculptures get measured up

'Wild' Wet Tropics eco-sculptures get measured up

Talented young artists are fashioning the final casts, cuts and hews to their amazing artworks as the deadline looms for the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s 39;Keep it Wild' art competition this month. The competition, now in its eighth year, reaches

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Forgotten plane crash site found in Wet Tropics

Forgotten plane crash site found in Wet Tropics

The lost wreckage of a plane that crashed into rugged terrain northwest of Mt Molloy half a century ago has been uncovered by the brothers of a deceased passeng­­­er.   The Bush Pilot Cessna 172 was carrying two passengers and

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Rugged rainforest hides forgotten plane crash site

Rugged rainforest hides forgotten plane crash site

The family of a man who died in a far north Queensland plane crash is searching for the elusive site where the aircraft was found almost half a century ago. Bad weather caused a Cessna 172 carrying two passengers and

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Authority takes to the skies to eliminate yellow crazy ants

Authority takes to the skies to eliminate yellow crazy ants

The Wet Tropics Management Authority completed another round of aerial baiting treatment for yellow crazy ants in southern Cairns in early May.   The two-day baiting period covered forested areas behind Bentley Park, Mt Peter and in sugarcane fields at

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Authority prepares for aerial baiting of yellow crazy ants

Authority prepares for aerial baiting of yellow crazy ants

The Wet Tropics Management Authority will start aerial baiting for yellow crazy ants in remote infestation sites across Cairns next week. The two-day baiting period starting Monday covers forested areas behind Bentley Park, Mt Peter and in sugarcane fields at

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The community have their say in Plan Review

The community have their say in Plan Review

The Authority is currently reviewing the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 which protects the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area through regulation of activities that may impact on World Heritage values. The review is undertaken every 10 years in collaboration with

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Kids encouraged to get 'Wild' about art and environment

Kids encouraged to get 'Wild' about art and environment

The 2017 Keep it Wild Eco-Art competition is now open.  The aim of the competition is for primary school children from around the Wet Tropics region to show how they can creatively inspire everyone through art, to protect our wonderful

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Experts guide the guides at innovative tour school

Experts guide the guides at innovative tour school

Queensland-based experts and tourism industry stalwarts headed a series of workshops in April offering tour guides the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.   The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program is an educational

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Call for community support in bid to squash yellow crazy ants

Call for community support in bid to squash yellow crazy ants

Wet Tropics Management Authority is urging far north Queenslanders to join the fight against yellow crazy ants ahead of an important baiting period. The Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication team starts ground baiting in southern Cairns this week and will conduct

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World-renowned bird artist's works to be displayed on the Tablelands

World-renowned bird artist's works to be displayed on the Tablelands

Unfinished works from one of the world's greatest wildlife illustrators were posthumously unveiled at the Tablelands Regional Gallery.  William T Cooper’s 39;Pink-eared Duck' and 39;Burdekin Plum' were revealed to the public at a fundraising event in April before more than

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Rainforest Aboriginal News out now

Rainforest Aboriginal News out now

Wet Tropics Management Authorty, in collaboration with Terrain NRM, is pleased to present our latest edition of Rainforest Aboriginal News. In this issue, we acknowledge the passing of Ken Reys, a respected traditional elder and custodian of Gimuy Walubara Yidinji.

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Authority's eNews bulletin out now

Authority's eNews bulletin out now

Cassowaries, 39;drop crocs' and the demon duck of doom are just a few of the wonders featured in Wet Tropics Management Authority's latest eNews bulletin. In this edition, we recap our inaugural 39;Science in the Pub' event, highlight the work

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Major local project brings hundreds of ideas together

Major local project brings hundreds of ideas together

More than 500 reef water quality ideas were gathered at the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project WTMIP) creativity workshops in Innisfail and Tully last month. This project is funded by the Queensland Government.   Terrain NRM’s CEO Carole Sweatman said

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Executive Director's e-news report

Executive Director's e-news report

A whirlwind start to 2017 has kept us on our toes at Wet Tropics Management Authority.  The dawn of a new year has brought with it some exciting changes, new faces, new ideas and emerging challenges as we launch into

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'Drop crocs' capture the imagination at Science in the Pub

'Drop crocs' capture the imagination at Science in the Pub

Giant 39;drop crocs' and a 400-kilogram ‘Demon Duck of Doom’ may have been the weirdest animals to ever roam the Australian outback famed palaeontologist Mike Archer says. Professor Archer appeared as a guest speaker at Wet Tropics Management Authority’s inaugural

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Wet Tropics Indigenous ranger network creates new connections

Wet Tropics Indigenous ranger network creates new connections

Indigenous rangers have led a series of workshops in far north Queensland aimed at creating stronger ties between Rainforest Aboriginal peoples caring for country in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The first Indigenous Ranger Workshop for the Wet Tropics

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Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

A vigorous tree planting session held in March is set to create a critical ecological corridor for Wet Tropics wildlife, linking the tropical coast near Mission Beach to the Atherton Tablelands. A dedicated team of 45 volunteers planted more than

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Yellow crazy ants discovered at new site in Cairns

Yellow crazy ants discovered at new site in Cairns

Authorities are working to contain a small outbreak of yellow crazy ants discovered in a south Cairns suburb. A suspected infestation of the invasive species was discovered late last month by a Department of Environmental Heritage and Protection employee.  

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Submissions for Rainforest Aboriginal grants opened

Submissions for Rainforest Aboriginal grants opened

Terrain Natural Resource Management and Wet Tropics Management Authority are seeking Expressions of Interest EOI) from Rainforest Aboriginal people to get small and medium sized projects up and running across the region.   The grants program is looking for proposals

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Cape Tribulation boardwalk undergoes upgrade

Cape Tribulation boardwalk undergoes upgrade

Wet Tropics Management Authority has worked with several organisations to assist in the upgrade of an important boardwalk within the World Heritage Area. Cape Tribulation’s Dubuji boardwalk will be rebuilt from recycled materials at a cost of $1.6 million. The

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Professor digs up Wet Tropics old skeletons

Professor digs up Wet Tropics old skeletons

Cairns is invited to discuss palaeontology over pale ales with two highly regarded Australian scientists. A famed Australian palaeontologist and a leading terrestrial ecologist will come together to share stories about Australia’s most famous fossil site as part of Wet

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New cassowary rehabilitation centre announced for far north Queensland

New cassowary rehabilitation centre announced for far north Queensland

A privately operated cassowary rehabilitation facility has received approval from the Department of Environment Protection EHP) to open on the Atherton Tablelands later this year.   Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles says the Lake Barrine-based facility will be just the second dedicated centre for managing

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Advisory committees to inform Wet Tropics board

Advisory committees to inform Wet Tropics board

Leading experts and industry leaders will play a critical role in protecting one of tropical north Queensland’s most valuable natural resources.   Wet Tropics Management Authority has reconvened two important committees to advise its board on key issues affecting the

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Promoting initiatives that showcase all the Wet Tropics has to offer

Promoting initiatives that showcase all the Wet Tropics has to offer

Wet Tropics Management Authority is creating partnerships to develop sustainable tourism opportunities in the Wet Tropics region.   The Authority met with several tourism operators, local councils and Traditional Owners in Cape Tribulation this week to discuss possible initiatives to

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EOI Principal Project Officer

EOI Principal Project Officer

Wet Tropics Management Authority is seeking a Principal Project Officer for a temporary full-time position to 2 October 2017. The Principal Project Officer will lead and supervise a small Cairns-based team that supports collaborative working relationships between the Wet Tropics

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Wet Tropics People-Setting the course for the reef

Wet Tropics People-Setting the course for the reef

In a first for Queensland, the Wet Tropics community is being entrusted with the design of a major project to improve water quality to the Great Barrier Reef.  The Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project WT MIP) and project partners are

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Rainforest Aboriginal News Issue 2 January 2017

Rainforest Aboriginal News Issue 2 January 2017

The Wet Tropics Management Authority in collaboration with Terrain NRM welcomes the new year in with Issue Two of Rainforest Aboriginal News. News and views of Rainforest Aboriginal people from around the Wet Tropics is publiished in an attractive and

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Seasons Greetings from the Board

Seasons Greetings from the Board

The Board Directors and staff of the Wet Tropics Management Authority wish you, your family and colleagues a safe holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year.  Thank you for your continued support of the Wet Tropics World Heritage

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2017 Student Research Grants Now Open

2017 Student Research Grants Now Open

2017 Student Research Grants Now Open The Wet Tropics Management Authority invites proposals from postgraduate students from across Australia to support environmental, social and cultural research which will benefit Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Management, policy development and operational decision

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News from the 9th Wet Tropics Tour Guide field school

News from the 9th Wet Tropics Tour Guide field school

From 5 to 8 April 2016, tour guides from near and far converged on the Atherton Tableland for the 9th Wet Tropics Tour Guide field school. Run by the Wet Tropics Management Authority and its partner Savannah Guides, the first

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Rainforest Aboriginal partnerships

Rainforest Aboriginal partnerships

This year the Wet Tropics Management Authority has prioritised a refreshed, supported and collaborative approach to Rainforest Aboriginal engagement. The Authority and Terrain Natural Resource Management Terrain) committed to a closer working relationship early in 2016. This has allowed both

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Bellenden Ker flora survey

Bellenden Ker flora survey

In early November the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s permit officer Bill Carrodus accompanied Stuart Worboys, from the Australian Tropical Herbarium, and naturalist Tim Hawkes to Bellenden Ker on a survey of Wet Tropics endemic mountain-top plants. A number of these

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Wet Tropics Board - Getting Busy

Wet Tropics Board - Getting Busy

Two significant meetings focusing on the business of the Authority were held in this last quarter. The Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum held its 26th meeting in Sydney on 25 November and the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board held its final quarterly meeting

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Trinity Anglican School students have a field day

Trinity Anglican School students have a field day

On Friday 18 November Rainforest Reserves hosted an environmental studies field day for about 40 Trinity Anglican School students. Children ranged from third grade to sixth grade and were keen and knowledgeable; having taken the time to write a letter

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Aurora Interns - learning by doing

Aurora Interns - learning by doing

The Aurora Program provides an opportunity for graduate students to undertake professional work placement in the fields of policy development, social justice and Indigenous affairs. The Authority has been fortunate enough to host two interns recently, taking our total up to

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2016 highlights

2016 highlights

Executive Director Report and Christmas message Our last eNews for 2016, and what an exciting year it has been! As we head towards the Christmas festive season of Christmas and the New Year celebration, I would like to wish all

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Environmental Education in the Wet Tropics

Environmental Education in the Wet Tropics

How could the Authority know what they were being gifted with when a young and bright fellow named Frank Najarro chose us to be his host as a way of exploring environmental education in the Wet Tropics! Frank is a

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December eNews out now!

December eNews out now!

Find the December 2016 eNews here In this edition • Welcome from the Executive Director • Successful return of the Cassowary Awards • Rainforest Aboriginal partnerships • News from the 9th Wet Tropics Tour Guide field school • Bellenden Ker flora survey

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Community and researchers join forces to help protect the Wet Tropics

Community and researchers join forces to help protect the Wet Tropics

Newly appointed members of both the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Community Consultative Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee met for the first time on 15 December to learn more about their role in supporting the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board.

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Successful return of the Cassowary Awards

Successful return of the Cassowary Awards

With a full and enthusiastic Board back in place at the Wet Tropics Management Authority this year, the return of the Cassowary Awards was high on their agenda. The esteemed  Awards were enjoyed by the the more than 200 guests

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Very Important Protected (VIP) Wet Tropics Wildlife in the spotlight

Very Important Protected (VIP) Wet Tropics Wildlife in the spotlight

The Wet Tropics Management Authority’s State of Wet Tropics Report for 2015–2016—titled Ancient, Endemic, Rare and Threatened Vertebrates of the Wet Tropics—was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament on 14 December 2016.   The report reinforces the exceptional scientific and conservation

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Cassowary Awards Celebrate Champions

Cassowary Awards Celebrate Champions

Named after the north’s iconic big bird, the Cassowary Awards  celebrate community stewardship of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. With this global asset on their doorstep, Wet Tropics residents and organisations are a vital force in managing the Area’s

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Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum meet in Sydney

Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum meet in Sydney

The Forum, comprising Australian and Queensland Environment Ministers, meets annually to provide oversight to the strategic operation of the Wet Tropics Management Authority, approve annual budgets and consider future directions for meeting the property's World Heritage obligations.   A key

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Cassowary Awards 2016 Finalists announced

Cassowary Awards 2016 Finalists announced

MEDIA RELEASE: 11 November 2016 2016 Cassowary Awards Finalists The acclaimed Cassowary Awards have an impressive lineup of contenders for the eight award categories this year. The Wet Tropics Management Authority present the awards to celebrate the great people and

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Revival of Rainforest Aboriginal News

Revival of Rainforest Aboriginal News

The Wet Tropics Management Authority in collaboration with Terrain NRM have rebooted production and distribution of Rainforest Aboriginal News. After a break of a number of years, news and views of Rainforest Aboriginal people from around the Wet Tropics is

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Wild Talks - Wildlife under the canopy part 3

Wild Talks - Wildlife under the canopy part 3

Join us at the Cairns Botanic Garden Visitor Centre on Saturday 19 November 2016 where Traditional Owners, scientists and wildlife specialists will present the cultural significance, history, biology, beauty and rarity of our Wet Tropics hidden wildlife.  Wildlife under the canopy Part

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October eNews out now!

October eNews out now!

Find the October eNews here In this edition • Call for Expressions of Interest for Community Consultative Committee • WTMA Board Communique 97 • Wet Tropics bioregion collaboration in the fore at joint Wet Tropics board meeting • Planet at the

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Wild Talks - Wildlife under the canopy part 3

Wild Talks - Wildlife under the canopy part 3

Join us at the Cairns Botanic Garden Visitor Centre on Saturday 19 November 2016 where Traditional Owners, scientists and wildlife specialists will present the cultural significance, history, biology, beauty and rarity of our Wet Tropics hidden wildlife.  Wildlife under the canopy Part

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Planet at the crossroads IUCN Conservation Congress

Planet at the crossroads IUCN Conservation Congress

Executive Director, Scott Buchanan and Manager Aboriginal Partnerships, Rebecca Lagerroth attended the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN) Conservation Congress held in Hawai’i this year. Held every four years all members of the IUCN meet to set direction for

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Departures and arrivals

Departures and arrivals

Steve and Mike hang up their boots On Friday 2 September, the Authority bid farewell to two of its treasured assets—Mike Stott and Steve Goosem. Both are retiring from undoubtedly the most significant and remarkable journey of their career. Mike

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Wet Tropics bioregion collaboration in the fore at joint Wet Tropics board meeting

Wet Tropics bioregion collaboration in the fore at joint Wet Tropics board meeting

The boards of the Wet Tropics Management Authority and Terrain NRM held a joint meeting at Mission Beach on 25 August 2016. The purpose of this meeting was for both organisations to discuss improved ways to work together in the

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Rainforest Aboriginal rangers mentored by leaders in field

Rainforest Aboriginal rangers mentored by leaders in field

Manager of Aboriginal Partnerships Rebecca Lagerroth has been nominated to coach Indigenous Ranger, April Thomas a Gunggandji ranger based at Yarrabah) for the next eight months as part of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's EHP) Land and Sea

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Aloomba kids care for cassowaries

Aloomba kids care for cassowaries

On Friday 26 August 2016, Aloomba State School held a ‘Care for Cassowaries’ fundraising day, where students dressed up in blue and black and made gold coin donations to go towards cassowary research and care. Best-dressed students from each class were

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From rubbish to rewards, local kids flex their creative muscles with Wet Tropics eco-art

From rubbish to rewards, local kids flex their creative muscles with Wet Tropics eco-art

In this year's Wet Tropics Management Authority's ‘Keep it Wild’ eco-art competition, local children from Gordonvale Brownies and Woree, Isabella, Tully, Aloomba, Atherton, and Port Douglas State Schools were recognised for their ingenious use of recyclable materials and clean litter. Up

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Welcome to the October 2016 eNews

Welcome to the October 2016 eNews

Welcome to the third eNews for 2016, and the first for the financial year. I must say that we have had an incredibly busy start to this financial year and there is a lot happening in the Wet Tropics and

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Next tour guide field school and workshops

Next tour guide field school and workshops

You are invited to participate in the Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program... and it’s not just for tour guides! Everyone is welcome to participate and learn while building connections with sustainable tourism in the Wet Tropics. Field school 7-8 October 39;Wildlife

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Conservation success stories: updating the Red List

Conservation success stories: updating the Red List

Conservation success stories: updating the ‘Red List’ There are countless efforts being made locally, nationally and internationally to protect wildlife, and there were some good news stories coming out of the IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature) World

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Next Wild Talks 19 November

Next Wild Talks 19 November

Join the Wet Tropics Management Authority at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre for the third Wet Tropics Wild Talks event 39;Wildlife Under the Canopy: part 3'. This FREE event includes: Invasive yellow crazy ants impacts—Gareth Humphreys, Wet Tropics Management

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Call for Expressions of Interest for Community Consultative Committee

Call for Expressions of Interest for Community Consultative Committee

The Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority invites interested and motivated people to become members of the Authority’s Community Consultative Committee. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a key group contributing to new approaches to World

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WTMA Board Communique 97

WTMA Board Communique 97

The Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority the Authority) convened in Cairns on 23-24 August. On day one, the first in a series of discussions with tourism, regional development, Aboriginal and environment representatives from the region was held to

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Aerial baiting for yellow crazy ants

Aerial baiting for yellow crazy ants

Helicopter baiting to treat ant infestations in non-residential areas around Bentley Park, Mount Peter and Russett Park Kuranda) will be taking place Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August weather permitting) as part of the Wet Tropics Management Authority The helicopter

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'Keep it Wild' eco-art display at Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

'Keep it Wild' eco-art display at Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Children from across the Wet Tropics have flexed their creative muscles for the ‘Keep it Wild’ eco-art competition, with some extremely thought-provoking and creative entries. The 2016 ‘Keep it Wild’ competition is themed ‘Living Lightly’ and has grown to include not

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Latest Learning Landscape eBulletin out now

Latest Learning Landscape eBulletin out now

Subscribe to the Learning Landscape eBulletin The Learning Landscape eBulletin showcases current and emerging Wet Tropics research and related land management and policy issues. For anyone interested in exploring the interface between knowledge, policy, practice and behaviour, this is a

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2016 Cassowary Awards - nominations open

2016 Cassowary Awards - nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Cassowary Awards! Through the Cassowary Awards, the Wet Tropics Management Authority recognises those who do outstanding work for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Nominations can be made by the public and are open until 31

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Wet Tropics Wild Talks and events ramp up

Wet Tropics Wild Talks and events ramp up

May and June were busy months for the Authority as we continued to deliver our Wild Talks and Wild Exposure series. Wild Exposure Hike 39;n' Bike In collaboration with Cairns Regional Council, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Queensland Parks and Wildlife

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WA Warry Warriors

WA Warry Warriors

Picture this: a 10 year old's birthday party many miles away from the Wet Tropics on the far western shores of Australia, attended by some very serious ‘WA Warry Warriors’ as the birthday host, Katie, calls them). Katie is no ordinary

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Partnerships take care of yellow crazy ant infested land along Stoney Creek

Partnerships take care of yellow crazy ant infested land along Stoney Creek

A great collaborative effort is almost complete for the planning, revegetation and maintenance of land along the edges of Stoney Creek in Edmonton. The collaboration is a partnership between the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Traditional Owners, Mackillop

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Workshops for Rainforest Aboriginal people

Workshops for Rainforest Aboriginal people

Wet Tropics Traditional Owners have been enthusiastically participating in a series of capacity building workshops facilitated by the Wet Tropics Management Authority. The workshops have focussed on key interest areas such as cultural heritage mapping techniques, participatory decision making and

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Welcome to the June 2016 eNews

Welcome to the June 2016 eNews

I hope that you enjoy the selection of stories that we provide — as I mentioned in our last article, the eNews is just one of the ways for the Authority to inform and educate about how special the Wet

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Caring for and celebrating our cassowaries

Caring for and celebrating our cassowaries

Garners Beach Cassowary Recovery Facility On 31 March 2016 Mission Beach residents helped to celebrate a new agreement to operate the local cassowary rehabilitation centre at Garners Beach. Rainforest Reserves Australia has agreed to manage the day-to-day operations of the

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Guided 7km walk along Mt Whitfield Sunday 26 June

Guided 7km walk along Mt Whitfield Sunday 26 June

Wet Tropics Wild Talks and Wild Exposure events at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre  Wild Exposure Hike n Bike 16 May 26 June Mon-Fri 8.30am 4pm An exhibition featuring information about regional walking, cycling and mountain biking trails. Guided

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Indigenous leader completes Wet Tropics Management Authority board

Indigenous leader completes Wet Tropics Management Authority board

Indigenous leader, Mr Phil Rist, has been appointed as a director to the board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority.  Phil Rist is the executive officer of the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation based in Cardwell) and deputy chair of the North

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Board refreshes Strategic Plan Priorities

Board refreshes Strategic Plan Priorities

The Wet Tropics Management Authority Strategic Plan sets out the Authority’s directions from 2013- 2018. The Plan outlines how the Authority will achieve its goals. These include protection of heritage values, community appreciation of the World Heritage Area, active participation

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Wet Tropics Discoveries - Sea to Summit 23 April

Wet Tropics Discoveries - Sea to Summit 23 April

Join the Wet Tropics Management Authority and CAFNEC at the Cairns Botanic Gardens as some of the region’s eminent scientists and ecologists present new plant discoveries and ornithological data from our mangroves and shores to our mountains. Date: Saturday 23

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March eNews out now

March eNews out now

In this edition • Fantastic program for upcoming Daintree field school 14 and 15-16 April) • Yellow crazy ant taskforce • Wet Tropics Wild Talks premiere • Save the date: Wet Tropics Wild Talks 39;Wildlife under the canopy' • Work

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Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

The plight of some of Australia’s rarest marsupials headline the latest funding splash into the world’s oldest living rainforest. Wet Tropics Management Authority is supporting new research into endangered species and invasive pests living in the World Heritage Area through

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Welcome to the March 2016 eNews

Welcome to the March 2016 eNews

Welcome to another eNews edition, our first for 2016. It is scary to think a quarter of this year has almost gone! The eNews, and its cousin the eBulletin, are publications the Authority produces to get the information out there

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Wild Exposure exhibition - Hands on Culture

Wild Exposure exhibition - Hands on Culture

Wild Exposure Hands on Culture  Rainforest Aboriginal people managing country Rainforest Aboriginal people make a significant contribution to the management of cultural and natural heritage within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. In April 2016, Wet Tropics Wild Exposure shares

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Wet Tropics Management Authority board visits Kuranda

Wet Tropics Management Authority board visits Kuranda

On 11 February, as part of a two-day board meeting, the Wet Tropics Management Authority board travelled to a number of sites around Kuranda to observe first hand some of the issues in that area. First the board met with

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Register now for Daintree field school

Register now for Daintree field school

Registrations are open for the next Wet Tropics Tour Guide field school, to be held in the Daintree rainforest. This is a 2 to 3 day event hosted at the recently renovated Daintree Rainforest Observatory. Thursday 14 April is an

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Snake Awareness Workshop

Snake Awareness Workshop

Not quite sure which snake is what and which are dangerous? Tablelands Wildlife Rescue and Hands on Wildlife will be holding a Snake Awareness Workshop at Merriland Hall, Atherton from 10am 3pm Sunday 20 March.  You will learn • WHAT

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Wet Tropics Wild Talks - Outstanding and Irreplaceable

Wet Tropics Wild Talks - Outstanding and Irreplaceable

Saturday 5th March, 9.00am to 12.30pm at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre The theme of this series of five live presentations is The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area – Outstanding and Irreplaceable. Traditional Owners, and World Heritage and wildlife

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World Heritage Area worth over $5.2B

World Heritage Area worth over $5.2B

The State of Wet Tropics Report for 2014-2015 was tabled in the Queensland parliament last week with some good news about the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The report asserts that this natural global asset is worth at least a

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Wet Tropics Yellow crazy ant eradication efforts recognised

Wet Tropics Yellow crazy ant eradication efforts recognised

Our very own Lucy Karger Wet Tropics Management Authority yellow crazy ant eradication project), Dr Lori Lach research fellow, James Cook University), Daniel Bateman Cairns Post journalist) and Frank Teodo Edmonton cane farmer) won a 2015 Froggatt Awards this week.

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Christmas 2015  eNews is out

Christmas 2015 eNews is out

In this edition    Welcome to the new Wet Tropics Management Authority Board   The Daintree drought experiment  Tour guides add knowledge on World Heritage to their cap  Talking yellow crazy ants in Canberra  Research Grant applications now open  New Green

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New Green Army team fight yellow crazy ants

New Green Army team fight yellow crazy ants

The Wet Tropics Management Authority received a boost in November in its capacity to manage yellow crazy ants with a second Green Army team beginning work in the field.  A new team of ten enthusiastic recruits hit the ground running

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Next Tour Guide Field School

Next Tour Guide Field School

Become a certified Wet Tropics Tour Guide. The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program provides ongoing professional development for tour guides, educators and other public contact personnel in the tourism and education industries. It is an open network of like-minded professionals

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Too Much to Lose: Yellow crazy ants in the Wet Tropics

Too Much to Lose: Yellow crazy ants in the Wet Tropics

Scientists Dr Lori Lach and Dr Conrad Hoskin have written a poignant article in Wildlife Australia  Too much to lose - which emphasises the need to act now if we wish to protect the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area from the

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Congratulations to our Poster Competition winners

Congratulations to our Poster Competition winners

With over 160 entries, many of the 2015 poster competition entries expressed how much the kids of the north love the Wet Tropics and want to protect it. With some entries requiring team work, we can see that the future

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2016 Research Grant applications now open

2016 Research Grant applications now open

The Wet Tropics Management Authority invites proposals from postgraduate students from across Australia to support environmental, social and cultural research which will benefit Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Management, policy development and operational decision making.  Applications close COB Friday 26

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August eNews out now

August eNews out now

In our August edition • Connecting in the Wet Tropics • Stevia not so sweet for the environment • Wet Tropics Small Grants • Yellow Crazy Ant Update • Bi-ennial glider census not for the faint hearted • Wet Tropics

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Yellow Crazy Ant Update

Yellow Crazy Ant Update

Community taskforce trained in yellow crazy ant treatment Wet Tropics Management Authority staff has trained members of the Russett Park yellow crazy ant community taskforce to eradicate ants in their backyards. The community taskforce was formed by Russett Park resident

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Bi-ennial glider census not for the faint hearted

Bi-ennial glider census not for the faint hearted

Hiking eight hours through remote wilderness during some of the region’s coldest weather may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for a group of intrepid volunteers, researchers, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Wet Tropics Management Authority staff, it

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Railway corridors in the Wet Tropics

Railway corridors in the Wet Tropics

Wet Tropics Management Authority staff had the opportunity to travel with QRail recently to inspect the railway corridor between Ingham and Cardwell in the World Heritage Area. The inspection was part of the Authority’s duty to make sure that infrastructure

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Wet Tropics endemics feature in new publication

Wet Tropics endemics feature in new publication

Wet Tropics terrestrial vertebrates feature in a new publication released in late July by Craig Ward from Eternal Endemism. Entitled ‘Endemic vertebrates of the Wet Tropics’ the book captures the extraordinary beauty and diversity of our Wet Tropics wildlife through

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Wet Tropics Small Grants

Wet Tropics Small Grants

Restoration of Yarrabah rainforest boardwalk The first stage of the Yarrabah boardwalk restoration project at the Yarrabah arts and cultural precinct is now complete. The multi staged restoration project has been ongoing since 2014, with the official opening proposed for

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Welcome back Patricia

Welcome back Patricia

Patricia O’Loghlen, our Principal Project Officer whom we lost to the Kingdom of Tonga for eight months has returned from her appointment where she served as an Australian Civilian Corps member under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Whilst

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Kaba Gada community development plan presentation

Kaba Gada community development plan presentation

It was an emotional moment for the Jalunjiwarra people who attended the official ceremonial signing and presentation of the Kaba Gada Cow Bay) Community Development Plan on country last month.  The Plan marks the final of four identified pilot areas

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Stevia not so sweet for the environment

Stevia not so sweet for the environment

Wet Tropics Management Authority staff joined the Far North Queensland Region of Councils FNQROC) taskforce to monitor the weed Stevia ovata candyleaf) near Ravenshoe recently. The taskforce surveyed the extent of infestation of stevia and siam weed Chromolaena odorata) in

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Connecting in the Wet Tropics

Connecting in the Wet Tropics

Wildlife workshops at the Botanic Gardens The Authority supported the delivery of another informative wildlife care workshop in conjunction with FNQ Wildlife Rescue, North Queensland Wildlife Trust and veterinarian, Dr Annabelle Olsson.  This introductory course focused on the care of

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Wet Tropics Board of Directors - Expressions of Interest

Wet Tropics Board of Directors - Expressions of Interest

Expression of Interest Wet Tropics Management Authority Board Directors The Australian Government and the Queensland Government invite expressions of interest from suitably skilled people interested in serving as a board director of the Wet Tropics Management Authority. The Wet Tropics

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May Enews out now

May Enews out now

In our May edition • Welcome to the acting executive director • Cassowary numbers are in • Wet Tropics maps aid dingo research • Weather doesn't dampen field school • New lookout adds wow factor • Lemuroid Leaps ahead •

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Welcome to the acting executive director

Welcome to the acting executive director

The Authority welcomes Scott Buchanan to the role of Executive Director for the next six months. Scott’s previous role was the Director of Strategic Environmental Programs in Brisbane, part of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. His role included

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Senator Lazarus visits the Wet Tropics

Senator Lazarus visits the Wet Tropics

The Authority hosted Senator Lazarus and his advisors during a fact finding tour of the Cairns region. Staff discussed with the Senator and his advisors the unique properties of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and our successful partnerships with

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Welcome to the May Edition of the Wet Tropics Enews

Welcome to the May Edition of the Wet Tropics Enews

In this issue: • Meet our acting executive director • Connect with Wet Tropics researchers • Cassowary numbers are in • Woobadda Creek Bridge designed with frogs in mind • Small grant funds cultural heritage tours at Lake Eacham •

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Wild Wet Tropics workshops

Wild Wet Tropics workshops

Snakes, native birds and macropods have been in the limelight recently with a serious of information sessions being run by local wildlife groups, supported by the Wet Tropics Management Authority. In late February, Cairns based Far North Queensland FNQ) Wildlife

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Taskforce results encouraging

Taskforce results encouraging

In early March a large environmental taskforce surveyed the boundary of an area of approximately 145ha to check the extent of yellow crazy ant infestations. Around 50 participants trekked into the rugged foothills of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

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Senator gives support to crazy ant eradication

Senator gives support to crazy ant eradication

Senator McGrath visited Mt Peter near Edmonton, Cairns on Saturday 11 April to find out more about yellow crazy ant infestations in the area and how land managers are tackling the issue. The Authority’s Wet Tropics yellow crazy ant eradication

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Wet Tropics maps aid dingo research

Wet Tropics maps aid dingo research

Damian Morrant from James Cook University attached GPS tracking collars to dingoes in three major study sites of Cairns, East Trinity and Gordonvale. Data collected from the collars, and the Authority’s vegetation maps, enabled Damian to map home ranges, habitat

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Weather doesn't dampen field school

Weather doesn't dampen field school

On March 13-14 tour guides from across the region converged on Port Douglas, Cooya Beach and Mossman for the bi-annual Wet Tropics Field School. After battling wild wind, rain and floods to get there, the weekend was a huge success. 

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Medal for love of Wet Tropics birds

Medal for love of Wet Tropics birds

Lloyd Neilsen is a well-known figure in Wet Tropics bird watching circles. Renowned for his extraordinary talents in bird illustration, Lloyd is also respected for his expert knowledge and recording of bird behaviours. His valuable contribution to the Wet Tropics

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Lemuroid Leaps ahead

Lemuroid Leaps ahead

About 60 people attended TREAT’s tree planting day near Rock Road in late March. Around 2,500 trees were planted at a spot affectionately called ‘Lemuroid Leap’ with TREAT members and the students from the School for Field Studies getting their

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Bridge designed with frogs in mind

Bridge designed with frogs in mind

Not only does the new Woobadda Creek Bridge mean a safer crossing for vehicles, the design of the bridge ensures minimal disruption to the habitat of one of the Wet Tropics’ endangered frog species, the common mist frog Littoria rheocola).

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New lookout adds wow factor

New lookout adds wow factor

Views to Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Channel from the Cardwell Range have been enhanced with the opening of a second lookout. The new lookout was constructed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service QPWS) and complements the existing Hinchinbrook

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Global spotlight on participatory modelling

Global spotlight on participatory modelling

The Mandingalbay Yidinji participatory three dimensional modelling project P3DM) is once again in the international spotlight by featuring in the latest IUCN newsletter ‘Protecting the Planet’. The strong focus of the P3DM project in the IUCN publication highlights the appeal

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Wet Tropics hosts Papuan visitors

Wet Tropics hosts Papuan visitors

The Authority hosted a delegation from the Papua New Guinea Conservation Environment Protection Authority CEPA) in March. The group were visiting Australia as part of the ‘Kokoda Initiative’ to gather information about issues such as environmental protection and conservation planning

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Wet Tropics Small Grant aids tourism venture

Wet Tropics Small Grant aids tourism venture

A Wet Tropics Small Grant has helped Traditional Owners realise their dream of hosting cultural heritage tours at Lake Eacham. The Ngadjon-Jii people were successful recipients of a Wet Tropics Small Grant in 2014 and, with the help of the

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Need to connect with a Wet Tropics researcher?

Need to connect with a Wet Tropics researcher?

The Wet Tropics Researcher Directory lists and profiles researchers, including postgraduate students, that have professional interests in the region. It is multidisciplinary and has been separated into the following broad areas of interest: • Researchers – Cultural, Social, Economic including

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Complete our website survey

Complete our website survey

Based on user research conducted by Peak Usability, we have identified the need to increase findability of information on the Wet Tropics website.  One of our initiatives to improve findability will be to redesign the homepage of the Wet Tropics

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2013-14 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report

The 2013-14 Annual Report is now available.  Please click here to view

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WTMA Xmas Office Hours

WTMA Xmas Office Hours

The Wet Tropics Management Authority would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our office will be closed from 2.00pm, Wednesday 24th December 2014 and will re-open on Monday, 05th January 2015.   Any emails received by

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2015 Student Research Grant Scheme

2015 Student Research Grant Scheme

We are inviting post graduate students to apply for research funding. Read more here

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Students win award for tree-kangaroo mapping

Students win award for tree-kangaroo mapping

Students from The School for Field Studies have been recognised for their tree-kangaroo mapping project with a 2014 Undergraduate Research Award. Wesley Hauser from Indiana and Erin Emmons from Massachusetts conducted the research project “Putting Lumholtz’s Tree-Kangaroo on the Map:

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Funding for postgraduate students

Funding for postgraduate students

The Wet Tropics Management Authority invites proposals from postgraduate students from across Australia to support environmental, social and cultural research which will benefit Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Management, policy development and operational decision making.  Well- conceived research projects that

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Kirrama Range Road re-opens

Kirrama Range Road re-opens

Residents and visitors to the Wet Tropics will once again have the opportunity to explore the spectacular scenery of the Kirrama Range Road with the road’s official re-opening on Saturday 6 December. The re-opening of the road after nearly a

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Welcome donation to Tablelands wildlife carers

Welcome donation to Tablelands wildlife carers

On a glorious Thursday afternoon in December, Dr Suzanne Jenkins presented the Tablelands Wildlife Rescue TWR) group, a cash donation to help support the rehabilitation and release of injured wildlife. During the past year, over $500 of donations have been

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Wet Tropics features in UNESCO speech

Wet Tropics features in UNESCO speech

An address by the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova at the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit session on ‘International and Civil Society Perspectives’ singled out the Wet Tropics. Ms Bokova was speaking about the UNESCO Man and Biosphere program which has

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Participatory modelling team success

Participatory modelling team success

World Parks Congress Champion and great grandson to Nelson Mandela, Luvuyo Mandela, enthusiastically voiced his support for the Wet Tropics Participatory 3D Modelling P3DM) project while attending the congress in Sydney in November. Speaking at the presentation of the model,

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Guides get a grip on Wet Tropics

Guides get a grip on Wet Tropics

On 14-15 November tour guides gathered in Cairns for the biannual two-day Wet Tropics Tour Guide Workshop. The workshop was an opportunity for guides to further their professional development in World Heritage presentation as well as network with other tour

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Crazy ants in decline

Crazy ants in decline

Yellow crazy ant numbers are in decline in a number of treatment areas. Preliminary results taken after the first round of treatment in May this year in the Mt Peter and Edmonton areas have indicated a decline in yellow crazy

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Wet Tropics gets topographical

Wet Tropics gets topographical

If you’ve ever wanted a topographical view of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, virtual exploration is now at your fingertips. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has recently released its QTopo maps – detailed and easy to use

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Wet Tropics celebrates NAIDOC week 2014

Wet Tropics celebrates NAIDOC week 2014

The Wet Tropics Management Authority celebrated NAIDOC 2014 with a staff morning tea on Monday followed by a stall at the NAIDOC celebrations at Fogerty Park on Friday 11 July. The Authority’s stall was a success with many people collecting

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Mandingalbay Yidinji map culture

Mandingalbay Yidinji map culture

The Mandingalbay Yidinji people have recently completed a Participatory 3D Modelling P3DM) exercise for the northern half of their country in the Yarrabah region.  The Wet Tropics Management Authority facilitated the P3DM exercise using IUCN UNDP GEF-SGP) funding and drawing

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Deciphering social enterprise

Deciphering social enterprise

The term ‘social enterprise’ is still relatively unknown to most. The Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Department of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs DATSIMA) and Social Ventures Australia SVA) held a workshop for Rainforest Aboriginal people in

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Tolga Bat Hospital celebrates achievements

Tolga Bat Hospital celebrates achievements

The Tolga Bat Hospital opened its doors to the public in July to share its recent achievements with the local community. Over 160 people came through the gates in two hours despite the cold wet weather. This is the third time the

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Wet Tropics highlights biodiversity

Wet Tropics highlights biodiversity

The Wet Tropics Management Authority celebrated biodiversity month with a series of talks held at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre on Saturday 20 September. Around 50 people attended the talks by some of the region's most regarded scientists

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Wet Tropics hosts Indonesian delegates

Wet Tropics hosts Indonesian delegates

Staff of the Wet Tropics Management Authority met with high level Indonesian government officials to share their knowledge of World Heritage management recently. Twenty-two senior local government officials from North Sumatra were shown first-hand the fine balance between conservation of

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Bettong Field Day

Bettong Field Day

Public are invited to attend a northern bettong field day on 1 November at Camp Barrabadeen at Tinaroo.  For those of you with a decent level of fitness, there will be an opportunity to be involved in placing cages in

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2014/15 Traditional Owner Small Grants Program

2014/15 Traditional Owner Small Grants Program

Applications for grants under the 2014/15 Traditional Owner Small Grants Program are open until 10 October 2014 C.O.B. You can receive up to $7,000 for projects that will improve land management and help promote Aboriginal culture in the Wet Tropics

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Wet Tropics grants boost heritage and research initiatives in the Wet Tropics

Wet Tropics grants boost heritage and research initiatives in the Wet Tropics

Almost $60,000 in grants has been administered by the Authority to fund Traditional Owners and research students to deliver World Heritage focused projects that enrich the management of the Wet Tropics. The Authority funds the projects through its two grant

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Isabella State School goes crazy for ants

Isabella State School goes crazy for ants

EDMONTON school students joined the fight against an invasive pest that threatens their school grounds and the wider Cairns region. The Wet Tropics Management Authority hosted a stall at Isabella State School's community expo in September where kids learned about yellow

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Celebrate Biodiversity Month - explore your World Heritage Area

Celebrate Biodiversity Month - explore your World Heritage Area

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is urging the community to explore the biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area during National Biodiversity Month. Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting,

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Friends of Ninney Rise celebrate history

Friends of Ninney Rise celebrate history

The Friends of Ninney Rise Rainforest and Reef conference held in July was an historic occasion for the Mission Beach community. The highlight of the three day conference saw the Friends of Ninney Rise community group receive the management rights

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'Pig day out' with National Parks

'Pig day out' with National Parks

It was a 39;pig day out' for National Parks and Wet Tropics staff recently. The commitment of Queensland National Parks to control feral pig populations in and around the World Heritage Area was evident at a recent workshop held near

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Yellow crazy ant aerial baiting starts tomorrow 13 August

Yellow crazy ant aerial baiting starts tomorrow 13 August

The Wet Tropics Management Authority and its partners will begin the second round of aerial baiting by helicopter to treat yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes) infestations in non-residential areas tomorrow Wednesday 13 August). The baiting is taking place in the

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Wet Tropics grant writing skills workshop a success

Wet Tropics grant writing skills workshop a success

Fourteen people from seven Traditional Owner groups around the Wet Tropics met at Dulabed Malanbarra and Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation to participate in a grant writing skills workshop on Thursday 29 May 2014.  The free grant writing workshop was coordinated by

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World Parks Congress wrap up

World Parks Congress wrap up

Wet Tropics Management Authority staff who attended the World Parks Congress in Sydney in mid-November returned to Cairns tired but triumphant. Andrew Maclean, M’Lis Flynn and Campbell Clarke were among the 6000 people from over 170 countries who attended the

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Sharing best practice tourism with China

Sharing best practice tourism with China

The Guangxi Tourism Development Commission headed by Deputy Director General Lin Xinhe visited Australia in November to investigate best practice tourism to apply to their region in the mountainous South East of China. The Guangxi region is most famous for

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Second round of yellow crazy ant aerial baiting underway

Second round of yellow crazy ant aerial baiting underway

The Wet Tropics Management Authority and its partners have begun the second round of aerial baiting by helicopter to treat yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes) infestations in non-residential areas. The baiting is taking place in the vicinities of Bentley Park

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Losts plots found

Losts plots found

It was a eureka moment for Dr John Herbohn and his colleagues when they located site data for several historic forestry monitoring plots throughout the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that had been missing for over 20 years. Dr Herbohn

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How to grow a forest - with comics

How to grow a forest - with comics

The Forest Restoration Research Unit FORRU-CMU) based at Chiang Mai University in Thailand has published a comic book to teach children about rainforest rehabilitation. The FORRU-CMU is a small team of ecologists and research students based in the Science Faculty

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Save the Cassowary Campaign in Sydney

Save the Cassowary Campaign in Sydney

Rainforest Rescue held its Save the Cassowary campaign launch at the Sydney Wildlife Zoo in Darling Harbour on Monday 17 March 2014. The campaign aims to raise local, national and international awareness about the plight of the endangered cassowary and

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Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program attends FOGS expo

Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program attends FOGS expo

The Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program attended the Former Origin Greats FOGS) indigenous employment and careers expo at the Cairns convention centre in March. The FOGS expos are supported by the Australian Government and provide Indigenous job seekers and school

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Capturing cassowaries for management and research

Capturing cassowaries for management and research

Human and cassowary interactions have increased due to urban development encroaching on cassowary habitat. Subsequently, there has been a rise in the number of management interventions for the translocation of aggressive hand-fed birds and treatment of sick and injured birds.

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Bringing World Heritage to the people

Bringing World Heritage to the people

It was a busy three days for Wet Tropics staff at the Cairns Show recently. Wet Tropics posters, stickers and colouring-in pages were a big hit with the kids while many of the adults shared their affiliation with the World

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Tropical biology conference first for Australia

Tropical biology conference first for Australia

In a first for Australia, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation ATBC) held its 51st annual conference at the Cairns Convention Centre from 20 to 24 July 2014. The conference also set a new record for the largest gathering

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New species of catfish found in the Wet Tropics

New species of catfish found in the Wet Tropics

A new type of eel-tailed catfish (Tandanus tropicanus) has been found in the Tully River by researchers from James Cook University and the US Geological Survey. Eel-tailed catfish are common across Australia but this newly discovered species only lives in rivers within

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National Landscapes Award for Wet Tropics

National Landscapes Award for Wet Tropics

Wet Tropics Manager for Communities, Aboriginal Partnerships and Tourism, Dr Paul Chantrill, was recently presented with the 2014 Outstanding Individual Award. Dr Chantrill received the award for his consistent advocacy in the national landscapes approach and his high level of

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Social Enterprise Workshop

Social Enterprise Workshop

The Wet Tropics Management Authority with support from  Department of  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multi-Cultural Affairs in conjunction with Social Ventures Australia are running a  Social Enterprise Workshop on Wednesday 9th July in Cairns. Find out more.  Contact

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Yellow crazy ant eradication underway

Yellow crazy ant eradication underway

The first of three yellow crazy ant ground treatments is underway in Russett Park. Safeway Pest Control should finish treatment in this area next week pending clear weather.  The Wet Tropics Management Authority thanks residents for their continued cooperation and

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Rainforest and Reef Conservation Stories

Rainforest and Reef Conservation Stories

Friends of Ninney Rise are hosting a Rainforest and Reef conference that will see the historic Ninney Rise property at Bingal Bay opened up for two days of panel discussions with a third day of reef tours and tourism workshops.

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New initiative encourages research investment in the Wet Tropics

New initiative encourages research investment in the Wet Tropics

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is positioning the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area as an international hub for tropical environmental research following the launch of its new initiative in June. The Wet Tropics Learning Landscape initiative encourages innovative research in

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Yellow crazy ant treatment starts in Kuranda

Yellow crazy ant treatment starts in Kuranda

23 May 2014 Yellow crazy ant infestations in the Russett Park area and the implementation of a treatment program were discussed at a community meeting recently. About 25 concerned Russett Park residents with properties in or near yellow crazy ant

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Grant writing workshop for Rainforest Aboriginal people

Grant writing workshop for Rainforest Aboriginal people

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is offering Rainforest Aboriginal people the opportunity to gain more skills in writing applications for grant funding.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at the Dulabed Malanbarra and Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation

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Wet Tropics poster competition winners

Wet Tropics poster competition winners

This year the poster competition coincided with the Australian Tourism Exchange. The Authority collaborated with the crew at ATE, TTNQ, Skyrail and Big Cat Green Island Cruises and winners were announced at the ATE film event on Wednesday 14 May.

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Indigenous participation in World Heritage management highlighted in Sweden

Indigenous participation in World Heritage management highlighted in Sweden

WTMA Director, Leah Talbot has recently returned from Sweden as part of her research into the participation of Indigenous people in the management of World Heritage properties.  In this case, the focus of her visit was the involvement of the

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Wet Tropics second in the world

Wet Tropics second in the world

Of over 173,000 protected areas, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is the second most ‘irreplaceable’ natural World Heritage Area on earth and the sixth most irreplaceable protected area, according to a team of international scientists. Data on the world’s

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Wet Tropics Poster Competition and the ATE

Wet Tropics Poster Competition and the ATE

Over 350 entries  in the Wet Tropics Poster competition from schools around the region are on display at centre stage of the Pier Marketplace. The competition is being held in conjunction with  the Australian Tourism Exchange ATE)  with this year's

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Wet Tropics Small Grant rehabilitates cassowary country

Wet Tropics Small Grant rehabilitates cassowary country

Djiru Traditional Owners and staff of the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation recently completed native plant revegetation and the removal of weeds in important coastal habitat in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.  The project was one of six Aboriginal-led projects funded

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A strategy for Australia's Heritage

A strategy for Australia's Heritage

The Australian Government announced the re-starting of the Australian Heritage Strategy as one of Australia’s key heritage priorities.  Australia has a rich natural and cultural heritage that underpins our sense of place and national identity. Cultural and natural heritage contributes

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Yellow crazy ant taskforce report

Yellow crazy ant taskforce report

With Cyclone Ita bearing down on the region a team of intrepid staff from Tablelands, Hinchinbrook, Cassowary Coast, Cairns and Douglas joined forces with QPWS, indigenous rangers and landholders to identify the western boundary of the Yellow Crazy Ant YCA)

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Yellow crazy ants targeted for eradication

Yellow crazy ants targeted for eradication

2 May 2014 The Wet Tropics Management Authority and its key partners will be starting treatment of yellow crazy ants Anoploepis gracilipes) in the Mt Peter, Bentley Park and Russett Park areas over the next four weeks.   Aerial baiting

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Explore your World Heritage Area over Easter

Explore your World Heritage Area over Easter

Locals and visitors are being urged by the Wet Tropics Management Authority to ‘hop to it’ and explore the Wet Tropics this Easter weekend to celebrate World Heritage Day. Wet Tropics Management Authority executive director Andrew Maclean said it was

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Wet Tropics to Host International Delegates

Wet Tropics to Host International Delegates

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area will be showcased to international delegates attending the IUCN World Parks Congress later in the year. The World Parks Congress is the pre-eminent global forum on protected areas and is held once every ten

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Taskforce maps yellow crazy ants

Taskforce maps yellow crazy ants

The recent yellow crazy ant taskforce field inspection showed that the ants had not progressed as far as first thought. The taskforce mapped the extent of the yellow crazy ant infestation and took samples for laboratory testing. Taskforce participants were

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Rainforest Rescue campaign for southern cassowary

Rainforest Rescue campaign for southern cassowary

Conservation group Rainforest Rescue launched its Save the Cassowary campaign on 17 March. The aim of the campaign is to raise the awareness of the plight of the endangered southern cassowary population in far north Queensland. Rainforest Rescue spokesperson Jennifer

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Mikhaila Jacoby, Aurora Native Title Internship Program

Mikhaila Jacoby, Aurora Native Title Internship Program

Cairns is a gateway to the wondrous Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area. A place that boasts of a diversity of wondrous landscapes, glistening streams, lush green rainforests, strong cultural connections and an exquisite biodiversity of plant and animal

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Land based World Heritage Areas management review

Land based World Heritage Areas management review

The Queensland Government is conducting a review to establish a more consistent approach to management of land based World Heritage Areas in Queensland. Read the media release Learn more

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Kuranda yellow crazy ants eradication

Kuranda yellow crazy ants eradication

Eradication program in the pipeline for Kuranda crazy ants The Wet Tropics Management Authority plans to commence a yellow crazy ant eradication program for the Kuranda region in April. Authority executive director Andrew Maclean said a portion of the funding

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Wet Tropics second in the world

Wet Tropics second in the world

Of over 173,000 protected areas, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is the second most ‘irreplaceable’ natural World Heritage Area on earth and the sixth most irreplaceable protected area, according to a team of international scientists. Data on the world’s

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A Learning Landscape eBulletin

A Learning Landscape eBulletin

Subscribe to the Learning Landscape eBulletin The Learning Landscape eBulletin showcases current and emerging Wet Tropics research and related land management and policy issues. It is for anyone interested in exploring the interface between knowledge, policy, practice and behaviour. Read

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Fishing frogs out of the chemical soup

Fishing frogs out of the chemical soup

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is home to about 54 species of frogs. Sadly some species are in decline. Renowned frog expert Deborah Pergolotti will be giving a talk at the Cairns Botanic Gardens about frogs in the Wet

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Download our 2014 Keep it Wild Calendar

Download our 2014 Keep it Wild Calendar

In September 2013, students from around the region were asked to create a persuasive poster that could be used as a public notice or advertisement. Students created eye-catching posters designed to change the way people feel, think and act to

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Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program attracts Indigenous interest

Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program attracts Indigenous interest

Nearly 40 participants attended a field school in the Tully region as part of the Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program on 6 and 7 December. The field school was based at Echo Creek in the Tully Valley and Mission Beach.

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Nominate to the EPBC Act lists

Nominate to the EPBC Act lists

Any person may nominate a native species, ecological community or threatening process for listing under any of the categories specified in the EPBCAct. Nominations are now open for the assessment period commencing 1 October 2014 for any threatened species, threatened

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Merry Cassowary Christmas

Merry Cassowary Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and as 2013 comes to a close I’d like to acknowledge what an important year it was for the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Wet Tropics community. The 25 year anniversary of the

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2014 Student Research Grant Scheme

2014 Student Research Grant Scheme

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is inviting proposals from postgraduate students to support environmental, social and cultural research which will benefit Wet Tropics World Heritage Area management, policy development and operational decision making. More information, guidelines and to download applications

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Wet Tropics vegetation maps online

Wet Tropics vegetation maps online

The Wet Tropics Management Authority launched its interactive vegetation maps at the Cairns Botanic Gardens on Saturday 7 December). The fifty-five 1:50,000 fine scale maps feature over 250 vegetation types found throughout the Wet Tropics bioregion. For the first time

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Nyu Ghulling Bulmba Film

Nyu Ghulling Bulmba Film

Join us and Mandingalbay Yidinji Traditional Owners THIS Saturday at 12 Noon at the Cairns Botanic Gardens for the screening of

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Repairing the Rainforest Talk

Repairing the Rainforest Talk

Join us this SATURDAY at 12 noon at the Cairns Botanic Gardens to meet the authors of the internationally acclaimed Repairing the Rainforest 2nd edition. Dr Steve Goosem and Nigel Tucker will be discussing the theory of rainforest re-establishment and

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Wet Tropics Tour Guides Field School

Wet Tropics Tour Guides Field School

Tour guides, bus drivers, and visitor centre volunteers in the Wet Tropics will have the unique opportunity to update their knowledge and skills of the World Heritage Area in another exclusive field school on 6 and 7 December at the

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Wet Tropics community urged to celebrate 25 years of World Heritage

Wet Tropics community urged to celebrate 25 years of World Heritage

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Wet Tropics Management Authority is urging the community to celebrate! After more than a decade of campaigning by local groups, history was made on 9 December 1988

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2012-2013 Wet Tropics Management Authority Annual Report

2012-2013 Wet Tropics Management Authority Annual Report

The annual report details the financial and non-financial performance of the Wet Tropics Management Authority from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. It highlights the work, achievements, activities and strategic initiatives of the Authority, and satisfies the requirements of

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Wet Tropics Tour Guides Field School

Wet Tropics Tour Guides Field School

Wet Tropics Tour Guides will have the unique opportunity to update their knowledge and skills of the World Heritage Area in another exclusive field school on 6 7 December 2013 on the Tropical Coast. As places are limited, tour guides

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Wabu Jananyu

Wabu Jananyu

Learn more about the unique Rainforest Aboriginal culture of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. A fascinating talk on the cultural use of plants will be held by the Girringun Nursery at the Cairns Botanic Garden Visitor Centre this Saturday

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Wet Tropics relocates

Wet Tropics relocates

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has relocated to new premises in Cairns from Monday 21 October 2013. We are located on the ground floor at the Cairns Port Authority on the corner of Hartley and Grafton St a short stroll from our

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Making pals in Paraguay

Making pals in Paraguay

Balancing environmental conservation with sustainable development is a global challenge. The Wet Tropics Management Authority shared its experience with a group from Paraguay recently. The group's visit was funded by AusAID, and is part of the Paraguay Environmental Conservation Australian

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Malanda Falls Visitor Centre reopens

Malanda Falls Visitor Centre reopens

Malanda Falls Visitor Centre has reopened and is welcoming visitors to the region. Years of displacement came to an end for Malanda Falls Visitor Centre volunteers on 6 September with the official opening of a new $1.4 million facility. On

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Declaration of Eastern Kuku YaIanji Indigenous Protected Area

Declaration of Eastern Kuku YaIanji Indigenous Protected Area

The declaration of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Protected Area at Shipton’s Flat, Cape Tribulation, in early May was attended by the then Environment Minister Tony Burke. For the full media release go here

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Cassowary Award Nominations extended

Cassowary Award Nominations extended

The Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Annual Cassowary Awards  will be held on 1 March 2014, not 9 November as previously advertised. For this reason we are delighted to announce that nominations for the Cassowary Awards are open until 31 October

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2013 Cassowary and Young Cassowary Awards

2013 Cassowary and Young Cassowary Awards

Through the Cassowary Awards, the Wet Tropics Management Authority recognises those who do outstanding work for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Nominations of deserving individuals or groups are put forward by the public each year. Final recipients of the

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Final Community Development Plan signed off

Final Community Development Plan signed off

The implementation of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Land Use Agreement is one step closer after the signing of the Kaba Gada Cow Bay) Community Development Plan.  This is the final Community Development Plan and the last of the four

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Insect photography winners announced

Insect photography winners announced

Winners of the Stamp Out Tramp Ants Insect Photography Competition Wet Tropics Insects were announced at the Tanks Art Centre recently. Wet Tropics executive director Andrew Maclean presented the winners with their prizes and certificates with Conservation Volunteers North Queensland

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Woobadda Creek bridge gets permit approval

Woobadda Creek bridge gets permit approval

The Bloomfield Track is part of the Cape Tribulation Road Link which is the coastal road that connects Cairns, Mossman and Cooktown. The Road Link passes through the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area at Daintree National Park and at Cedar

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ACIUCN launch new website

ACIUCN launch new website

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is a government agency member of the IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature).     Along with many other roles in support of global nature conservation, IUCN plays a special role as an

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Insect photographers help protect the Wet Tropics

Insect photographers help protect the Wet Tropics

Some of the region’s wildlife photographers will have their talents on show at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns from 28 June 2013. At 2pm today winners of the “Stamp Out Tramp Ants Wet Tropics Insect Photography Contest” will be announced. The

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Guides go back stage to Banks' collection

Guides go back stage to Banks' collection

On Tuesday 25 June, the newly formed Wet Tropics Tour Guide Network learnt about one of north Queensland’s most treasured tropical resources; a collection of over 150,000 pressed, dried and mounted botanical specimens from all over north Queensland. The group

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Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Area declared

Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Area declared

The Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Area GRIPA) has been realised after a four year collaboration between Traditional Owners and key government agencies, non-government organisations and landholders. A declaration ceremony was held at Mungalla Station, near Ingham, on Saturday 8 June

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Successful Wet Tropics grants

Successful Wet Tropics grants

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has granted almost $60,000 in project funding to Traditional Owners in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The project funding is an initiative of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Small Grants Program for 2013 made

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Keep it Wild Poster Competition

Keep it Wild Poster Competition

Create a poster that will persuade readers to protect our World Heritage listed rainforest and to help celebrate 25 years of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.   The competition is divided into two sections Prep-Year 3 and Year 4-7

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Do you fancy yourself as an insect photographer?

Do you fancy yourself as an insect photographer?

North Queenslanders are invited to enter their best insect images in the Stamp Out Tramp Ants Insect Photography Contest for the chance to win some great prizes and have their images featured in an exhibition at the Tanks Arts Centre

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Ingham Wet Tropics Community Forum Cancelled

Ingham Wet Tropics Community Forum Cancelled

This Saturday's Wet Tropics Community Forum in Ingham is cancelled.  The Wet Tropics Management Authority apologises for any inconvenience. We look forward to engaging with the Ingham community soon. Please contact Lana Lopatich for more information on 07 4052 0533

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Port Douglas Community Forum

Port Douglas Community Forum

The Wet Tropics Management Authority will be holding a Community Forum at the Port Douglas Community Hall from 10.30am to 2.30pm on 11 May 2013.   In the 25th anniversary year of the listing of the Wet Tropics World Heritage

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Stamp out Tramp Ants at  the Mission Beach Monster Markets

Stamp out Tramp Ants at the Mission Beach Monster Markets

Join Conservation Volunteers and Biosecurity Queensland staff at the Mission Beach Monster Markets. Learn how to identify electric and yellow crazy ants, see live specimens under a microscope, watch a super-sleuth odour detection dog in action against tramp ants. Download

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ANTics in Edmonton

ANTics in Edmonton

Come and join us for a morning of family fun! Meet native animals and enjoy free face-painting with the fabulous Zoo to You, and enjoy great live music and cane toad races with the popular Doyle Family Fun Show. Watch

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Australian Heritage Week

Australian Heritage Week

This years Australian Heritage Week holds special significance for the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area as we celebrate 25 years since the site was placed on the World Heritage list. Australian Heritage Week is an annual celebration of

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World Heritage on-line training now open for registrations

World Heritage on-line training now open for registrations

Wet Tropics tour operators, guides, coach drivers and anyone who interprets the region for visitors can now register for the World Heritage on-line training program. Read the media release Find more about the tour guide training program

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Wet Tropics Community Forums

Wet Tropics Community Forums

The Wet Tropics Management Authority will be holding a series of Community Forums over the coming months.   In the 25th anniversary year of the listing of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, community members are invited to have their

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Not just a Toad Day Out

Not just a Toad Day Out

Join the fight against the invasion of pest species in the Wet Tropics by hopping down to the Not just a Toad Day Out community event on Sunday 24 March! Sunday 24 March 2013 8:30am 12pm at Smithfield Library, 70

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Stamp Out Tramp Ants Free Family Movie Night

Stamp Out Tramp Ants Free Family Movie Night

Grab a cushion and a picnic and come along to a free outdoor showing of Disney’s A Bug’s Life at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre at 5pm this Saturday 16 March.   Dress up as a bug There will

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Wet Tropics Management Authority Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018

Wet Tropics Management Authority Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018

The Wet Tropics Management Authority's Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 is now available. The Strategic Plan sets out the business directions of the Authority for the five years from 2013-2018. Learn more about the Wet Tropics Management Authority's policies and strategies.

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Wet Tropics Tour Guides to experience Mossman Gorge's Dreamtime Walk

Wet Tropics Tour Guides to experience Mossman Gorge's Dreamtime Walk

INVITATION TO MEDIA for 7 March 2013 A special familiarisation tour has been organised to the Mossman Gorge Centre in response to Tour Guides who attended our Wet Tropics Field School last year requesting more direct indigenous cultural knowledge. Kuku

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Volunteers monitoring tramp ants in the Wet Tropics

Volunteers monitoring tramp ants in the Wet Tropics

Surveillance and detection of electric ants and yellow crazy ants has gained ground in the Far North thanks to the joint efforts of volunteers and government agencies. The Wet Tropics Management Authority, Conservation Volunteers and Biosecurity Queensland are collaborating to

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Wet Tropics Tour Guides Field School

Wet Tropics Tour Guides Field School

Wet Tropics Tour Guides will have the unique opportunity to update their knowledge and skills of the World Heritage Area in another exclusive field school scheduled for 15 and 16 March on the Atherton Tablelands. As places are limited, tour

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Wet Tropics National Landscape Tourism Forums

Wet Tropics National Landscape Tourism Forums

Wet Tropics tourism operators are invited to develop signature tourism experiences at next week's forums in Cairns and Port Douglas. Cairns Tuesday 19 February 2013 2-5pm Hilton, Cairns) Port Douglas Wednesday 20 February 2013 11-2pm Sea Temple Resort, Port Douglas)

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Celebrating the Year of the Snake

Celebrating the Year of the Snake

The Wet Tropics region is home to 43 species of snakes, representing an impressive 30% of Australia’s snake fauna. The snakes of the region range from small, worm-like blind snakes to six metre pythons.Only a handful fall into the dangerously

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2013 Student Research Grant Scheme

2013 Student Research Grant Scheme

Post-graduate research students can now apply for funding assistance for environmental, social and cultural research in the Wet Tropics. Honours, Masters and PhD students enrolled fulltime from any Australian University are eligible to apply. Research projects should contribute to the

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Wet Tropics wins National Landscape Award

Wet Tropics wins National Landscape Award

The Wet Tropics National Landscape has won the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award at Tourism Australia’s National Landscape forum and will now feature globally as part of Tourism Australia's ‘Extraordinary Experiences’ campaign. The award recognises the Wet Tropics National Landscape program’s

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thank you for your continuing support to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and our work at the Wet Tropics Management Authority. We wish you a safe holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year

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Wet Tropics Annual Report

Wet Tropics Annual Report

The 2012 Wet Tropics Annual Report and State of Wet Tropics Report is now publicly available. It highlights the work, achievements, activities and strategic initiatives of the Wet Tropics Management Authority from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. This

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Wet Tropics endorses World Heritage tour guides

Wet Tropics endorses World Heritage tour guides

Twenty three tour guides have graduated as Wet Tropics World Heritage Area tour guides, having completed an online training course as well as attending the training school held on 7 and 8 December. The first school under the program was

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Thanks to our Wet Tropics Volunteers

Thanks to our Wet Tropics Volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role in the rehabilitation, presentation and management of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and are the backbone of community conservation projects in the region. Without them, the extra resources required to maintain the World Heritage

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Inaugural Wet Tropics Guide Training School

Inaugural Wet Tropics Guide Training School

Fifty rainforest tour guides will participate in the region's first Wet Tropics World Heritage Area guide training school on 7 and 8 December. The tour guide training program was initiated earlier this year by the Wet Tropics Management Authority in

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Wet Tropics Management Authority welcomes cultural heritage listing

Wet Tropics Management Authority welcomes cultural heritage listing

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has welcomed the announcement on Friday 9 November by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, to have the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area recognised for its Aboriginal cultural heritage. “The Wet Tropics Management Authority

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Congratulations Cassowary Award winners

Congratulations Cassowary Award winners

Some of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area’s most inspirational people were acknowledged at the 2012 Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Cassowary Awards. A Rainforest Aboriginal person, Deputy Principal, Queensland Public Servant and Volunteer Coordinator each received the prestigious Cassowary Award

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Malanda  Small Farms Field Day

Malanda Small Farms Field Day

Join us for the first ever Malanda Small Farms Field Day THIS Saturday 13 October 9am 4pm at the Malanda Showgrounds. Learn about sustainable small farm practices in the Wet Tropics region including pest and weed control, land management tips,

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Keep it Wild 2013 Calendar

Keep it Wild 2013 Calendar

Congratulations to the student winners of the Reef and Rainforest Keep it Wild" 2012 poster competition! The twelve finalists’ artwork has been compiled into a downloadable 2013 digital calendar. The Reef and Rainforest “Keep it Wild” poster competition celebrates our

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'Take Care' Cassowary Stickers

'Take Care' Cassowary Stickers

Show your support and remind other drivers in the region to 39;Take Care' of our cassowaries! Wet Tropics has reprinted the popular cassowary bumper stickers to encourage drivers to slow down in cassowary habitat areas. Vehicle strikes are one of

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Learn more about wet tropics rainforest birds

Learn more about wet tropics rainforest birds

Learn more about Wet Tropics rainforest birds from this new book published by BirdLife Townsville. 0ver 50 bird species are highlighted, with an emphasis on those the amateur naturalist and nature lover is most likely to see in the world

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Proposed plan rezoning

Proposed plan rezoning

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is proposing to alter its zoning to allow for: a new alignment for: the Ingham to Tully powerline currently under construction community services infrastructure on the old football field dump site) at the Wujal Wujal

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Funding boost to stamp out invasive ants

Funding boost to stamp out invasive ants

27 July 2012: A welcome boost for the detection and control of tramp ants in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was announced by Minister for the Environment, Tony Burke this week with $268,000 in funding provided by

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Cassowary Award 2012 Nominations now open!

Cassowary Award 2012 Nominations now open!

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has long recognised that effective and successful caring of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is no easy or short-term task.   Responsibility for it’s protection, understanding and appreciation is something that we all must

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Small grant funds Bana Yarralji interpretive sign

Small grant funds Bana Yarralji interpretive sign

Wet Tropics staff attended the official unveiling of an interpretive sign produced by Bana Yarralji. The sign was funded by a Wet Tropics Management Authority small grant. Bana Yarralji is the land management organisation of the Kuku Nyungkal clan of

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Rhonda named RIRDC runner up

Rhonda named RIRDC runner up

Congratulations to the Chair of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Community Consultative Committee, Rhonda Sorenson, who was named runner up in the 2014 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation RIRDC) Rural Women of the Year Awards. Rhonda, from Malanda, was

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Wet Tropics hosts Aurora Native Title Interns

Wet Tropics hosts Aurora Native Title Interns

The Wet Tropics Management Authority had the pleasure of hosting two interns from the Aurora Native Title Internship Program recently.  Mikhaila Jacoby joined the Authority during the months of November to December 2013 while Oleysa Lantsova spent January and February

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Tour guides learn from Traditional Owners

Tour guides learn from Traditional Owners

Wet Tropics small grant recipients Choorechillum Ngadjon-Jii PBC) launched two of their guided walks for tour operators in November.  Tour operators from the Tablelands, Cairns and Port Douglas attended the guided walks to learn more about the rich cultural heritage

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Wet Tropics welcomes new staff members

Wet Tropics welcomes new staff members

Jessica Rolfe-Flett has joined the Wet Tropics as a tourism project officer.  Jess originally trained as a geography and history teacher and taught in country NSW before moving into the tourism industry. She has three years tour guiding experience throughout

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Highlights for 2014

Highlights for 2014

Welcome to our final Enews for 2014. This year has seen the Authority face many challenges and celebrate many achievements in its role as manager of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Some of the highlights and major projects undertaken

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Cassowary numbers are in

Cassowary numbers are in

CSIRO scientists have estimated that approximately 4,400 cassowaries live in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The figure is based on several years of cassowary monitoring and DNA analysis conducted by Dr David Wescott and his team under the National

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New Chair of National Landscapes

New Chair of National Landscapes

Wet Tropics Communities, Aboriginal Partnerships and Tourism Manager, Dr Paul Chantrill, has been elected as ‘Chair of Chairs’ of the National Landscapes Program – ‘Seeing the Results’ initiative. The 16 National Landscapes through their own Chairs, will drive the program

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Kirrama Range Road proves popular

Kirrama Range Road proves popular

Cassowary Coast Regional Council has reported that the Kirrama Range Road is proving popular with locals and visitors to the region. More than 2,500 vehicles have used the road since it was first opened in December last year. The busiest

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Wet Tropics Poster Competition

Wet Tropics Poster Competition

The theme for this year's Wet Tropics Poster Competition is beauty and biodiversity. Entrants have been asked to capture elements of the Wet Tropics in an artistic poster or through photography. The competition is divided into two categories, Prep to

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Plant identification courses at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory

Plant identification courses at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory

The Australian Tropical Herbarium and Wet Tropics Management Authority are conducting their annual short course in Rainforest Plant Identification. This year, for the first time, the midyear course will be held at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, in the middle of

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