Community education and workshops about sustainable design, which engage a range of stakeholder groups.
This project aims to prevent problems through good education, planning and involvement of a range of stakeholders.
Plan for higher densities using a statutory instrument like the Council Planning Scheme.
Minimise the need for urban sprawl. This will make more land available for natural or agricultural uses.
Establish a network of community gardens to grow food in urban areas for local distribution.
Less food miles. More efficient, sustainable food production. Healthier communities and a healthier environment.
Revegetation of priority coastal riparian areas to provide connections between significant habitats, in collaboration with Traditional Ecologists.
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.
Development of school curriculum modules on sustainability, and funding for teachers to go “offline” part time and fulfil role of “Sustainability Coordinator”.
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.
Develop a multi-faceted community engagement program to increase knowledge of the environmental values of our area.
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.
Conduct a tourism strategy to market wildlife tourism, including protecting natural assets like the Flying Fox colony and historic trees.
The tourism industry is a big part of the regional economy and wildlife experiences are memorable and special for visitors.
Using a ‘model project’ approach, conduct riparian restoration works on a small scale to showcase successes and encourage uptake on a larger scale.
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).
Apply “Green Engineering” solutions to urban drainage plans, showcasing a healthier more aesthetic urban waterways option.
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.
Use land use planning to protect ‘least effort’ corridors and coastal areas, particularly in areas likely to be impacted by climate change.
Protecting existing vegetation will provide a cost effective, efficient means of establishing connectivity, protecting habitat and building resilience against climate change.
Use incentives (eg. legal covenants, fencing grants, signage) to protect high value regrowth or remnant vegetation.
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).
Establish diverse stakeholder groups to develop shared priorities for the local region.
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.
Produce easily accessible cultural and environmental maps.
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.
Conduct Lidar mapping of rivers / creeks to identify priority locations for instream and riparian restoration.
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.
Plant sedges in agricultural drains to filter sediment and nutrients from cane runoff.
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.
Conduct a comprehensive eradication program for Yellow Crazy Ants and Electric Ants.
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.
Community education about the benefits of planting local, native plant species.
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.