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This October Issue:

Wet Tropics Planning & Conservation Communities & Partnerships

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Be informed about the latest projects and research in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area! We hope you enjoy this issue of our quarterly e-Newsletter.

You may have noticed we have updated the look of our eNews. This is only one component of a total rejuvenation of the corporate image of the Wet Tropics Management Authority and how we present the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to the world. Read the article below for a more in-depth explanation of our exciting transition to a more contemporary look and feel to our organisation as we continue to provide leadership in the protection and rehabilitation of our World Heritage Area.

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Our new look

Welcome to the new look Wet Tropics! Along with a revamped eNews the Wet Tropics Management Authority has refreshed its corporate logo and launched a new website.

Our logo has been updated to make it more contemporary, while still retaining the same principles as our previous logo. Bold colours and strong typeface make the logo easy to read and recognise.

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is thrilled with its new website and we hope you like it too! The website is your doorway to a treasure trove of ancient wonder, astonishing information about unique plants and animals and the myriad of adventures that await you on your next Wet Tropics journey.

[ Read more here >> ]

Board Update

The Board of Wet Tropics Management Authority held its 90th Board meeting in Cairns on the 20-21 August 2012. Major topics of discussion included:

  • The recently completed Australian World Heritage Gateway study report and prospectus.

  • Training modules that support the training of tour guides who work in and around the World Heritage Area.

[ Read more here >> ]


Planning and Conservation


World Heritage Symposium report

TA symposium report is now available following the successful World Heritage Keeping the Outstanding Exceptional Symposium held in Cairns in August.

The report was commissioned by the ACIUCN on the management of World Heritage areas and provides a snapshot picture of trends, issues and achievements in Australian World Heritage area management, as provided by Australian World Heritage managers.

[ Read more here >> ]

Minister Tony Burke’s keynote address to the World Heritage Symposium

If you didn’t make it to the World Heritage Symposium or you would like to relive Minister Burke’s inspiring keynote address you can download it here.

Funding boost to stamp out tramp ants

Invasive ants or ‘tramp ants’ are on the hit list in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area with a funding boost from the Commonwealth Government for their detection and control.

[ Read more here >> ]

Sharing World Heritage experience with China

Government officials from the Wulingyan Scenic World Heritage Area in the Hunan Province of China, visited the Wet Tropics Management Authority to discuss World Heritage management issues last month.

[ Read more here >> ]


Cable car in the Hunan Province

Cloudlands Field Day – giving nature a kick-start

Ever wondered how to speed up rainforest regeneration? We certainly have! Replanting rainforest is a slow and expensive business, and many friends of the Wet Tropics are keen to find more cost-effective ways to speed up regeneration. Local nature refuge owner, Dave Hudson, volunteered his property for scientific trials as part of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Making Connections project (funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country programme).

[ Read more here >> ]

Tree-kangaroo and Mammal Group workshop

Over fifty tree-kangaroo experts and aficionados gathered together at Lake Tinaroo resort in July to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. They discussed how best to ensure a healthy future for Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos. A wide range of issues were discussed, such as habitat restoration and connectivity; roadkills, dog attacks and treatment of injured tree-kangaroos; research into population dynamics and biology; the impacts of climate change; and promoting tree-kangaroos as an icon for the tablelands, including ‘Dendrolagus the Musical’.

Many thanks to the Tree-kangaroo and Mammal group, Conservation Volunteers Australia and Terrain NRM who organised and ran the workshop. A report and a community action plan will be forthcoming.


Wet Tropics assists in hurricane research

The devastating effect of cyclones on vegetation has captured the interest of a group of visiting American academics.

Several plant ecology and remote sensing researchers from the University of Maryland, Geological Sciences Department, visited the Authority to view historical records of cyclone damage in the Wet Tropics region.

[ Read more here >> ]

Palmerston Highway post
Cyclone Larry

Wet Tropics Management Plan - rezoning proposals

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is proposing to amend the Wet Tropics Management Plan – Zoning Maps to allow for:

  • The construction of the remaining Sunday Creek section of the new Powerlink 275KV electricity transmission line between Ingham and Tully within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

Photo credit: Biotropica

  • Potential housing and community infrastructure development on the old football field (dump site) at the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Community (Lot 2 on SP171837) within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

Have your say

Written submissions are invited from interested groups and members of the public, Aboriginal people particularly concerned with land in the area, landholders, public authorities and government agencies.

Submissions should be forwarded to:

Zoning Amendments
Wet Tropics Management Authority
PO Box 2050

Submissions close on Monday 8 October 2012

Or email: wettropics@wtma.qld.gov.au.

Got a penchant for plants?

The Australian Tropical Herbarium and the Wet Tropics Management Authority are once again conducting the successful "Rainforest Plant Identification Short Course" in Paluma.

The courses are targeted at the interested layperson, and provide an introduction to the skills you need for rainforest plant identification, covering both weeds and native rainforest species.

The course runs for three days, from 23-25 November 2012. We already have a number of enrolments, so places are limited.

[ Please see the brochure for enrolment details here >> ]


Communities and Partnerships


Wet Tropics launched as a National Landscape

A major triumph for the region’s tourism and conservation sector was celebrated in early August when the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was officially launched on the National Landscapes Program.

[ Read more here >> ]


Cassowary Award nominations are open

Do you know someone who deserves a Wet Tropics Cassowary Award? For more information visit our cassowary awards page or download a nomination form here.

Cassowary Award winners are announced at a special ceremony, receive an award and Certificate of Appreciation and the opportunity to share their experiences in the fields of their expertise.

Nominations close Friday 5th October.

2011 Cassowary Award recipient Margaret Moorhouse with her award

Mossman Gorge Centre open

Mossman Gorge Centre is open for business. Nestled in one of the most scenic and majestic areas of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Mossman Gorge is an unspoilt haven enjoyed by visitors and locals.

[ Read more here >> ]

Wet Tropics Welcomes new staff member

Wet Tropics welcomed Zoe Andolfatto to its Community and Partnerships program recently. Zoe was born in Papua New Guinea and moved to Babinda when she was 5 years old. After moving to Brisbane and then Melbourne, Zoe travelled overseas with her husband who works for a mining company.

[ Read more here >> ]


Zoe Andolfatto newest
member to Wet Tropics

Volunteer from Germany

Wet Tropics Communities and Partnerships team also welcomed volunteer staff member, Karen Schmiing, from Germany. We are very fortunate to have Karen on board using her skills to further develop our educational package ‘Rainforest Explorer’. Karen’s brief message about herself follows.

[ Read more here >> ]


Karen Schmiing our volunteer
from Germany

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