Welcome to the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s eNews, and congratulations to all of the talented photographers who entered our Snap the Tropics photograph competition.
Acclaimed local photographer Mike Prociv joined us last week to judge more than 150 photo entries. Thank you Mike for lending us your expertise, and congratulations to winners Matt Cornish and Anton Dunne.
I would also like to thank the 41 Traditional Owners who attended the recent Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples Regional Workshop in Palm Cove last month.
The weekend was an important step in the Wet Tropics Management Plan Review, and I am delighted to see such strong representation from Traditional Owners across the Wet Tropics. The workshops delivered comprehensive feedback and direction for the Authority to address and as part of the review, we will continue to consult and collaborate throughout phase two.
Our Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program continues to grow in terms of both size and the results it produces. Welcome to our new team members, and thank you to the volunteers who readily turned out to assist with recent monitoring activities in Kuranda. This newsletter includes two 'good news' stories about our and the communities' success against this invasive species.
The sheer amount of scientific discoveries that come out of the Wet Tropics never cease to amaze me. We recently met with Student Research Grant recipient Hemchandranauth Sambhu to hear about his butterfly research, while we also learned about the discovery of a water mouse population near Cairns. You can read more about these stories below—both excellent examples of the stunning biodiversity in the Wet Tropics.
Finally, I would like to thank 2017 Cassowary Awards sponsors and nominees for your ongoing support following the event's postponement. We look foward to celebrating with the community their efforts and achievements in early 2018: watch this space!