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Purpose
Habitat Restoration
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Action Type
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Priority Actions

Community education and workshops about sustainable design, which engage a range of stakeholder groups.

Why it is important?

This project aims to prevent problems through good education, planning and involvement of a range of stakeholders.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Plan for higher densities using a statutory instrument like the Council Planning Scheme.

Why it is important?

Minimise the need for urban sprawl. This will make more land available for natural or agricultural uses.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Establish a network of community gardens to grow food in urban areas for local distribution.

Why it is important?

Less food miles. More efficient, sustainable food production. Healthier communities and a healthier environment.

Purpose
Capacity Building,
Priority
1,
Status
In Progress,
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Revegetation of priority coastal riparian areas to provide connections between significant habitats, in collaboration with Traditional Ecologists.

Why it is important?

Coastal restoration work will achieve multiple benefits (improved habitat, water quality, bank stabilisation, connectivity). Priority areas: Freshwater Ck, Thomatis Ck, Barron R. Jum Rum Creek, Kuranda. Traditional Ecologists bring a wealth of knowledge to ensure strong cultural and environmental outcomes.

Purpose
Habitat Restoration,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Development of school curriculum modules on sustainability, and funding for teachers to go “offline” part time and fulfil role of “Sustainability Coordinator”.

Why it is important?

If sustainability is not integrated into the curriculum, and teachers funded to coordinate teaching it – in addition to their mainstream role – it is difficult to influence the school content which is critical for an informed, active and empowered community of the future.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Develop a multi-faceted community engagement program to increase knowledge of the environmental values of our area.

Why it is important?

Increasing understanding of environmental values is fundamental to getting the message across, facilitating change and securing the future of the ecosystems. A variety of approaches such as webinars, case studies and trials will reach wide audiences.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Conduct a tourism strategy to market wildlife tourism, including protecting natural assets like the Flying Fox colony and historic trees.

Why it is important?

The tourism industry is a big part of the regional economy and wildlife experiences are memorable and special for visitors.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Using a ‘model project’ approach, conduct riparian restoration works on a small scale to showcase successes and encourage uptake on a larger scale.

Why it is important?

The model project approach encourages high community involvement, with the focus on specific areas valued by the local community for their high visual appeal and environmental values. (Lilly Ck, Moody Ck, Fearnly Drain, Cairns Swamp).

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Apply “Green Engineering” solutions to urban drainage plans, showcasing a healthier more aesthetic urban waterways option.

Why it is important?

Multiple benefits include improved connectivity, water quality, biodiversity and community stewardship. Building community understanding of a better alternative will lead to greater consumer demand, and drive developers and government to make it happen.

Purpose
Waterways Restoration,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Use land use planning to protect ‘least effort’ corridors and coastal areas, particularly in areas likely to be impacted by climate change.

Why it is important?

Protecting existing vegetation will provide a cost effective, efficient means of establishing connectivity, protecting habitat and building resilience against climate change.

Purpose
Habitat Restoration,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Use incentives (eg. legal covenants, fencing grants, signage) to protect high value regrowth or remnant vegetation.

Why it is important?

Protection of existing vegetation is a cost-effective way to maintain large areas of vegetation cover in the landscape and provide almost immediate ecological benefits. Incentives for protection of  vegetation on private land are excellent value (eg. Stratford, Freshwater).

Purpose
Habitat Restoration,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Establish diverse stakeholder groups to develop shared priorities for the local region.

Why it is important?

The diverse range of stakeholders will result in a collaborative approach, bringing about improved engagement, ownership & implementation of priorities. This approach will move beyond the conventional NRM groups.

Purpose
Strategic Partnerships
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Produce easily accessible cultural and environmental maps.

Why it is important?

This will stop the loss of knowledge, particularly in Traditional Owner societies, where much of it exists only in oral tradition.  Better access to the information will allow for more informed decisions.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Conduct Lidar mapping of rivers / creeks to identify priority locations for instream and riparian restoration.

Why it is important?

This process will provide community groups with the catchment prioritisation information to assist with project planning and implementation.  Best use can be made of limited available resources.

Purpose
Waterways Restoration,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Plant sedges in agricultural drains to filter sediment and nutrients from cane runoff.

Why it is important?

Planting native sedges will assist with filtering runoff and suppressing introduced grasses. The project would also help farmers reduce their loss of sediment and nutrient.

Purpose
Waterways Restoration,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Conduct a comprehensive eradication program for Yellow Crazy Ants and Electric Ants.

Why it is important?

These pest species pose a major threat to habitat and wildlife in the area. With rapid, concerted effort, total eradication is possible, as outbreaks are currently confined to a few locations. Russett Park, Kuranda, Smithfield, Gordonvale. Community engagement would be critical.

Purpose
Invasive Species Control,
Priority
1,
Status
In Progress,
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Community education about the benefits of planting local, native plant species.

Why it is important?

Increasing knowledge of local native plant species will result in a reduction in the negative impacts of introduced plant species.  It is a very easy project to get involved with.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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