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 the next five to ten years, drafting a series of strategies relating to climate change, interests of Rainforest Aboriginal people, tourism opportunities and community participation.
A community reception that night provided directors with the chance to catch up with local community members, where they discussed all things Wet Tropics and share news on the Authority’s activities and programs in the World Heritage Area.
Directors visited TREAT’s Lake Eacham native plant nursery, a fantastic joint rainforest rehabilitation operation with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and local volunteers.
The board also visited Freemans Forest Nature Refuge, a revegation and rehabilitation project supported by TREAT which is providing a critical wildlife corridor between Curtain Fig and Crater Lakes national parks. TREAT was established in 1982—prior to World Heritage listing of the Wet Tropics in 1988—and has led revegetation projects around the region. Earlier this year they also received the Chair’s Award at the Cassowary Awards.
Many thanks to CSIRO for hosting the Authority’s board meeting at its Atherton laboratory.
More details are available in our Board No.104 Communique (PDF, 468KB).