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Planning for climate adaptation in the Wet Tropics rainforests

Planning for climate adaptation in the Wet Tropics rainforests

MEDIA RELEASE – for immediate release Planning for climate adaptation in the Wet Tropics rainforests Launch of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Climate Adaptation Plan 2020-2030 14 November 2019 The Wet Tropics Management Authority will today release an historic Climate

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Climate change impacts the world's oldest rainforests

Climate change impacts the world's oldest rainforests

MEDIA ALERT Climate change impacts the world’s oldest rainforests –time for action to protect the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Launch of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Climate Adaptation Plan 2020-2030 12 November 2019 “Accept, Act, Adapt” is the simple

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 Threats to Wet Tropics plants inspire artist

Threats to Wet Tropics plants inspire artist

The Tropical Treasures art exhibition—a series of remarkable artworks inspired by months researching the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area—toured the Far North in September. While in residence at the Queensland State Archives, artist Donna Davis looked into the 30 year

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Climate change and rainforest fires

Climate change and rainforest fires

In early October the ABC’s 7.30 ran a story on rainforests and bushfires. Historically, rainforests tend not to burn—as the name implies, they are simply too wet. But the recent devastating bushfires in south-east Queensland, Cape York's Kutini-Payamu Iron Range)

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Jirrbal Traditional Owners return to Urumbal Pocket

Jirrbal Traditional Owners return to Urumbal Pocket

In mid-September Jirrbal Traditional Owners returned to Urumbal Pocket adjacent to the Koombooloomba Dam on the Evelyn Tableland, south-west of Innisfail. The term ‘pocket’ is used for areas, like this one, which are patches of country where dense rainforest was

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Task force fights Koster's curse in the Wet Tropics

Task force fights Koster's curse in the Wet Tropics

From Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 October, the Koster’s curse task force visited Mamu country in Wooroonooran National Park to make further inroads to removing these highly invasive plants. Led by the Mamu Aboriginal Corporation through Mamu Environmental Services, the

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Cassowary bridge over Bruce Highway—a world first!

Cassowary bridge over Bruce Highway—a world first!

The Queensland Government has confirmed that the construction of the world's first cassowary crossing will begin in November. Set to be built over the Bruce Highway at Smith’s Gap, about 2km south of El Arish, the land bridge is part

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New technology helps preserve valuable cultural heritage

New technology helps preserve valuable cultural heritage

In September the Western Yalanji people revealed the results of many years of hard work when they introduced the perfectly recreated cast of an ancient dendroglyph tree carving) from their rainforest country.  The cast was taken after the tree on

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The 2019 Far North Wilderness Bike Tour

The 2019 Far North Wilderness Bike Tour

Senior Planning Officer Eli Taylor went mountain biking on the 2019 Far North Wilderness Bike Tour. In its 18th year, the ride is organised by the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre. The bike tour climbs from sea level between

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Wangetti Beach Clean Up

Wangetti Beach Clean Up

As part of the Great Northern Clean Up, on September 15 we held our annual Wet Tropics Clean Up at Wangetti Beach. Volunteers noticed a decline in rubbish, picking up only 5 bags of rubbish this year compared to the

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BonANTza

BonANTza

Scott Buchanan and the Cairns Mayor, Bob Manning, launched the BonANTza competition in the first week of October. The aim of this eco-ant-hunt competition, using QuestaGame mobile gaming technology, was to encourage people to become more ‘ant aware’, help map

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Call for nominations for the 2019–2022 SAC and CCC

Call for nominations for the 2019–2022 SAC and CCC

We are once again calling for nominations for our two key advisory committees; the Community Consultative Committee CCC) and the Scientific Advisory Committee SAC). These two committees are instrumental in ensuring that our board receives the best possible advice about

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Refreshing the Regional Agreement

Refreshing the Regional Agreement

Fourteen years ago 2005), Elders from 18 Rainforest Aboriginal tribal groups signed a Regional Agreement with the Wet Tropics Management Authority, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government. The Regional Agreement provides a framework for the involvement of Rainforest Aboriginal

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Alicia and Seraeah speak up on climate change

Alicia and Seraeah speak up on climate change

Climate Week Queensland 2019 provided a forum for leaders and sub-national governments to share ideas and build a community of action against climate change. The week investigated ways of transitioning the state to a low-carbon, clean growth economy and adapting

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A+ for a successful Wet Tropics tour guide workshop and field school

A+ for a successful Wet Tropics tour guide workshop and field school

The 13th Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program workshop and field school took place in the Daintree on 19–21 June. An excellent turnout saw 24 participants, including guides and Djabugay Aboriginal Corporation rangers, embrace the theme ‘People of the Daintree’. Natural

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Cassowary Awards—an event to remember

Cassowary Awards—an event to remember

It was a fantastic night enjoyed by all at the 2019 Cassowary Awards. Sponsors, nominees and community members all came together to celebrate the exceptional efforts showcased by the nominees in the conservation and presentation throughout the Wet Tropics World

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Wet Tropics board visits East Trinity

Wet Tropics board visits East Trinity

The Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Board of Directors gathered for a board meeting on 4–5 March, taking the time in a busy agenda to undertake a field trip with Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours and Gunggandji-Mandingalbay Yidinji Peoples. A visit to

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Climate action urgency

Climate action urgency

Our rainforests are still green, but behind the leaves our unique Wet Tropics species are declining following the recent heat waves and the hottest summer on record.  The lemuroid ringtail possum is at imminent risk of extinction from known strongholds

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Yellow crazy ant eradication funding update

Yellow crazy ant eradication funding update

In April, the Wet Tropics Management Authority welcomed the Australian Government’s 3-year, $9 million funding commitment to secure the future of the Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program. In June, the Queensland Government also announced an additional $9 million over the

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Yellow crazy ant taskforce success

Yellow crazy ant taskforce success

Today marks the start of a week-long environmental taskforce entering the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to hunt for the invasive yellow crazy ant. The Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils FNQROC) and the Wet Tropics Management Authority have

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Cassowary Awards applaud outstanding Wet Tropics contributions

Cassowary Awards applaud outstanding Wet Tropics contributions

Outstanding contributions to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area were celebrated at the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Cassowary Awards in Cairns on Saturday night. Around 250 guests applauded the 10 award recipients, from over 50 nominations, while enjoying the atmosphere

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Rainforest Aboriginal contributions acknowledged in Cassowary Awards nominations

Rainforest Aboriginal contributions acknowledged in Cassowary Awards nominations

Long-term contributions by Rainforest Aboriginal People to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area have been recognised with a number of nominations for the upcoming Cassowary Awards. The Wet Tropics Management Authority today announced nominees for the People Country Culture Award,

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State matches $9 million for the Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program

State matches $9 million for the Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program

The Queensland Government today announced $9 million over the next 3 years to support Yellow Crazy Ant eradication in the Wet Tropics region. Chair of the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Leslie Shirreffs, welcomed the commitment, which matches that of the

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Tourism guides and operators in line for Cassowary Award

Tourism guides and operators in line for Cassowary Award

Leading tourist guides and operators from the length and breadth of the Wet Tropics are nominated in the Tourism and Presentation category at the upcoming Cassowary Awards. The award, sponsored by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, recognises efforts to promote the Wet

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Cassowary Awards showcases future Wet Tropics stars

Cassowary Awards showcases future Wet Tropics stars

A field of persuasive and passionate Cassowary Awards nominees’ shows that the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area’s future is in good hands, says teacher and former winner Sandra Charlton. The Wet Tropics Management Authority today announced nominees in the Education

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Vast nominees’ field announced for Thorsborne Cassowary Award

Vast nominees’ field announced for Thorsborne Cassowary Award

A competitive field of 11 nominees will vie for the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Cassowary Award named after late conservationist Margaret Thorsborne. The Thorsborne Award for Community Conservation and Rehabilitation is sponsored by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and recognises

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Vale Peter Hitchcock, AM

Vale Peter Hitchcock, AM

Staff of the Wet Tropics Management Authority are saddened by the passing of inaugural executive director and conservation leader, Peter Hitchcock, on Monday. Peter set the foundations for the Wet Tropics Management Authority at a time when World Heritage listing

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10-point plan urges action on climate change in Wet Tropics

10-point plan urges action on climate change in Wet Tropics

The Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority has called for urgent action and investment following new evidence of escalating climate change impacts on the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area.   The lemuroid ringtail possum is at imminent

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Nominations in for 2019 Cassowary Awards

Nominations in for 2019 Cassowary Awards

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has received a strong pool of 50 nominations for the 2019 Cassowary Awards.  The Authority’s Executive Director, Scott Buchanan, said nominees come from throughout the Wet Tropics and work and volunteer in a variety of

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Australian Government confirms funding of Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program

Australian Government confirms funding of Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program

The Wet Tropics Management Authority welcomes the Australian Government’s three-year, $9 million funding commitment to secure the future of the Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program.  In 2016, the Australian and Queensland governments funded the Authority’s eradication program for three years.

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2019 Cassowary Awards nominations now closed

2019 Cassowary Awards nominations now closed

The Wet Tropics Management Authority welcomes nominations for the 2019 Cassowary Awards. The Cassowary Awards recognise exceptional contributions to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in nine categories: Tourism and Presentation Innovation Education People. Country. Culture. Award Community Champions Local

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Third local yellow crazy ant eradication declared

Third local yellow crazy ant eradication declared

14 December 2018—The Wet Tropics Management Authority has announced the eradication of yellow crazy ants from the residences and surrounding forested area at Waterfall Close, Edmonton – the third site where yellow crazy ants have been successfully eradicated under the Authority’s

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Reappointment of the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority

Reappointment of the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority

9 December 2018—Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch today announced the reappointment of the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board of Directors. The reappointment of the Board was agreed by Minister Enoch and by the former Federal Minister for the Environment and

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30 years of Wet Tropics World Heritage listing commemorated at ceremony

30 years of Wet Tropics World Heritage listing commemorated at ceremony

9 December 2018—Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch joined with industry and community leaders to commemorate the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area’s thirtieth anniversary. The Wet Tropics was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 9 December 1988,

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Keen eye finds new yellow crazy ant infestation

Keen eye finds new yellow crazy ant infestation

A keen-eyed local pest controller has reported the discovery of a new yellow crazy ant infestation in Mount Sheridan, south of Cairns. Upon hearing the report on 16 October, the Wet Tropics Management Authority immediately responded to the discovery. It

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30 years of Wet Tropics World Heritage display

30 years of Wet Tropics World Heritage display

Thirty years ago, on 9 December 1988, the Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed on the World Heritage List. To mark the 30th anniversary, the Wet Tropics Management Authority invites you to view its 30 years of Wet Tropics World

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Wet Tropics endangered species video

Wet Tropics endangered species video

A new video featuring Wet Tropics locals people, plants and animals) was released in September in celebration of Threatened Species Day and National Biodiversity Month. ‘Explore the secret lives of Tropical North Queensland’s endangered species’ is the product of a

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Anniversary of National Heritage listing of Wet Tropics cultural values

Anniversary of National Heritage listing of Wet Tropics cultural values

Six years ago, on 9 November 2012, the Australian Government formally recognised the Indigenous heritage values of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, incorporating these values into the Area’s National Heritage Listing. This was a significant action from the Regional

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Mission Beach hosts Wet Tropics tour guide field school

Mission Beach hosts Wet Tropics tour guide field school

Local community group, C4, hosted the Wet Tropics Tour Guide Program field school at Mission Beach on 2–3 November. The school brought groups and individuals from across the region together to explore tourism, conservation ideas as well as development opportunities in the

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Ants in focus at Science in the Pub

Ants in focus at Science in the Pub

On Thursday 1 November, ant ecologist and former Cairns local Dr Abbott, now at University of New England, and Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Traditional Owner Gudju Gudju, a tribal ecologist and director of Abriculture, spoke at the Authority’s Science in the Pub event about

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Vale Margaret Thorsborne AO

Vale Margaret Thorsborne AO

The world lost one of its true warriors with the passing of Mrs Margaret Thorsborne AO on 16 October 2018. Margaret was exceptional in her passion for and commitment to wildlife and the environment. She dedicated her life to conservation

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Research to investigate traditional land and water management.

Research to investigate traditional land and water management.

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

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Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce to target local creeks

Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce to target local creeks

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

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Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce targets local creeks

Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce targets local creeks

Local councils, land managers and Traditional Owners from Cooktown to Hinchinbrook joined forces in August for the annual environmental taskforce to combat yellow crazy ants in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and surrounds. The Wet Tropics Management Authority and Far North Queensland

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Wet Tropics July eNews

Wet Tropics July eNews

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

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Rainforest Aboriginal News recognises Wet Tropics women

Rainforest Aboriginal News recognises Wet Tropics women

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

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Community and industry join to tackle climate change

Community and industry join to tackle climate change

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

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Cane industry stalwart joins fight against yellow crazy ants

Cane industry stalwart joins fight against yellow crazy ants

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

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Cultural capability training emphasises respect and responsibility

Cultural capability training emphasises respect and responsibility

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

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Authority staffer collects leadership prize

Authority staffer collects leadership prize

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

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Wet Tropics board takes to the road

Wet Tropics board takes to the road

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

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#WetTropics30 Flashback: 1987

#WetTropics30 Flashback: 1987

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

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30th Anniversary launch @ ECOfiesta

30th Anniversary launch @ ECOfiesta

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

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Future forests: 300 free trees to giveaway at Cairns ECOfiesta

Future forests: 300 free trees to giveaway at Cairns ECOfiesta

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

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Authority welcomes key appointments

Authority welcomes key appointments

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

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State of Wet Tropics report assesses region’s beauty

State of Wet Tropics report assesses region’s beauty

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

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Field school held on-country

Field school held on-country

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

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Cane growers enlisted in fight against yellow crazy ants

Cane growers enlisted in fight against yellow crazy ants

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

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Wet Tropics high achievers honoured at Cassowary Awards

Wet Tropics high achievers honoured at Cassowary Awards

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

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Final Cassowary Awards nominees revealed

Final Cassowary Awards nominees revealed

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

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2018 'People Country Culture' calendar released

2018 'People Country Culture' calendar released

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

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Wiseman Road West site declared free of yellow crazy ants

Wiseman Road West site declared free of yellow crazy ants

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

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JCU: Wet Tropics critical for rock orchid

JCU: Wet Tropics critical for rock orchid

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

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Water mouse population revealed in Cairns

Water mouse population revealed in Cairns

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

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