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 about how special the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area really is. The Authority takes this responsibility seriously, and we are endeavouring to try new and innovative ways to broadcast this information far and wide.
One way we do this is through our Wet Tropics Tour Guide program (find out about the upcoming Daintree field school), which aims to build tourism industry knowledge of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and its values to enhance visitor experiences. The program provides ongoing professional development for tour guides, educators and other public-contact personnel in the tourism and education industries. It offers the opportunity to share knowledge and skills to continually improve the interpretation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
In a similar vein, the Authority works closely with Rainforest Aboriginal people to help them tell their stories and enrich everyone’s understanding of this rich cultural landscape. Over the next few months we are hosting a number of workshops for Rainforest Aboriginal people, plus we have assisted the Mandingalbay Yidinji people with their Hands On Culture exhibition which is running throughout April at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.
The Authority is also presenting Wet Tropics Wild Talks—a series of free public events presented quarterly at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. The recent premiere was packed to the rafters with a keen and interested audience to listen to Traditional Owners, scientists and wildlife specialists talk about what makes the Wet Tropics so special. If you missed out on the first event, there are more coming up—events feature interesting topics, expert presenters and best of all they’re free!
In this eNews you'll also find some good news stories: exciting results from the recent yellow crazy ant taskforce and recognition of the great work being done at the Southern Endeavour Trust reserves. We also provide an update on our board and what they have been up to.
I hope that you enjoy this edition and get some good information from it.
Executive Director, Wet Tropics Management Authority