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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.

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Our Tropical Topics theme this week is ‘Wet and Wild Season’.

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Board Update

The Board of Wet Tropics Management Authority held its first Board meeting 2012 in Cairns on the 12-13 March 2012.

Heading discussions was a series of papers reviewing a number of World Heritage policy and guidelines in anticipation of the proposed amendments to the Wet Tropics Amendment Plan. The Board considered issues ranging from seed collecting, fish translocation, road management and cattle grazing in the World Heritage Area. The Board endorsed these policies and requested the Authority continue to consult with government and infrastructure agencies to complete the development of an offset policy and guideline.

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Two new faces welcomed by WTMA Board

Chair of the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Associate Professor Peter Valentine welcomed the appointment of Dr Rosemary Hill and Ms Leah Talbot to the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority at the recent Board meeting.

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Rosemary Hill

WTMA supports World Heritage symposium

WTMA is supporting the ACIUCN (Australian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) to organise a World Heritage Symposium to be held in Cairns in August 2012.

A symposium steering committee has been formed comprising heritage management leaders from around Australia. Sites listed for either natural or mixed values will be the focus. Objectives for the symposium are to:

  • Elevate and enhance the significance and profile of World Heritage in Australia.

  • Share experience and learning; and forge new, and strengthen existing partnerships between properties as basis for improved future management of World Heritage properties.

  • Agree on a communiqué highlighting emerging priorities for Australian World Heritage over the next several years.

Communities and Partnerships

Raising the bar for World Heritage Tour Guides

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area tour guides will participate in the region’s first online training program ‘raising the bar’ for World Heritage tourism in the Wet Tropics.
WTMA has been working with tourism operators and guides to develop the online training program that will assist the industry to provide quality visitor experiences in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The online training program was developed with funding secured by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) and enabled the participation of the first 50 participants at no cost.

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Tour Guide in the
World Heritage Area

Labour of love rewarded

After more than three decades of caring for sick and injured bats, Jenny Maclean, Director of Tolga Bat Hospital, has won the Serventy Conservation medal, one of the most prestigious conservation awards in Australia.

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Flying Fox

Planning and Conservation

Tackling climate change

WTMA has submitted a proposal to the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund to reconnect isolated areas of forest in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and make the rainforests and their plants and animals more resilient to climate change.

Creating Connections aims to restore 11 ecological corridors connecting the coast from Cardwell and Cairns to the cool, wet rainforests of the Tableland mountain ranges.

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Lemuriod Ringtail Possum
Photo: Mike Trenerry

8,000 trees and counting

There was a fantastic turn out for the community planting days at East Evelyn Road in February, as part of the WTMA’s Caring for Our Country project ‘Making Connections’. About 40 people showed up to plant trees on Saturday 18 February and a further 80 on Saturday 28 February. This project helps to increase resilience of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area landscape to the predicted impact of climate change.

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Symposium on climate change mitigation

WTMA collaborated with the United Nations University (UNU), the Christensen Fund and the Cairns Institute (JCU) to convene a symposium on the 25 March 2012 on Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.

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Yalanji land hand back underway

The historic return of traditional lands to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people is well underway with Community Development Plans (CDPs) and Activity Guidelines (AGs) completed for four pilot areas at Cow Bay, Georges Yard, Mungumby and Trevethan. These areas comprise approximately 16, 500 hectares of land handed back to Traditional Owners.

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Cassowaries hit the information super-highway!

Cassowaries and roads are not a good combination, unless it’s a virtual road to increased awareness. WTMA recently helped to launch a great new source of information about cassowaries on the web. Internet traffic is most welcome, but please remember to Go Slow through cassowary habitat!

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Cassowaries are on the web

Crazy Ants found in the Wet Tropics

One of the world’s most invasive species, Yellow Crazy Ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes), have been detected by Biosecurity Queensland in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area for the first time at Swallows Road, Edmonton.

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Learn to identify Tropical Rainforest Plants

In 2012, the AUSTRALIAN TROPICAL HERBARIUM and the WET TROPICS MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY are once again conducting a series of "Rainforest Plant Identification Short Courses" over the next few months, and we'd like to invite interested persons to participate.

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.

Courses commence 3 July, and will be held in Cairns and Paluma. See attached brochure for more details on how to register.

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Tropical Topics


Wild & Wet Season

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