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 by the Authority for 2014 include:
The Wet Tropics being ranked the second most ‘irreplaceable’ natural World Heritage Area on earth and the sixth most irreplaceable protected area, out of 173,000 protected areas on the planet.
The launch of the Wet Tropics Learning Landscapes initiative by the Vice Chancellor of James Cook University, Professor Sandra Harding.
Successful Wet Tropics tour guide field schools held throughout the year, promoting excellence in presentation of the World Heritage Area to visitors.
The ongoing treatment of yellow crazy ant infestations in southern Cairns and Russett Park.
Celebration of biodiversity month with guest speakers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
Strong representation of the Wet Tropics at the World Parks Congress in Sydney.
The re-opening of the Kirrama Range Road.
The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area would not be what it is today without the assistance of our dedicated Wet Tropics community. We thank all the passionate volunteers who help care for our World Heritage Area; rainforest rehabilitators, wildlife carers, educators, researchers and others.
The ongoing support and collaboration from partners and stakeholders ensure that management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area continues to represent global best practice. We thank you all and look towards 2015 with great enthusiasm as the Authority continues to develop and improve its services in support of the Wet Tropics community.
Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year to all.
Executive Director, Wet Tropics.