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Purpose
Habitat Restoration
Waterways Restoration
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Capacity Building
Invasive Species Control
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Action Type
On Ground Action
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Training / Extension
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Status
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Priority Actions

Identify markets for pest animal products – meat, hides, bones etc, to turn pests into a commercial industry.

Why it is important?

Reducing feral numbers reduces their impact on farming and natural areas. Building an industry around pest animal control allows funding for pest management to go further. Do more with less by making money off the animal products.

Purpose
Invasive Species Control,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Use a range of positive mechanisms to instil a cultural change regarding environmental management.

Why it is important?

Changing attitudes will lead to on ground change.  We get the best value for money, with enduring outcomes beyond the life of the project ie. a ripple effect. A range of approaches such as demonstration sites, case studies, incentives and policy changes can lead to change.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Establish a demonstration site to display good waterway management, including weed control and revegetation of the riparian zone.

Why it is important?

Using demonstrations and education will generate a cultural change, increasing project uptake and resulting in further on ground work.  Areas could include Palm Ck or Lagoon Ck, or other priority sites that the community will value.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Support landholders with knowledge of selective herbicides and funding to control weeds in riparian areas. 

Why it is important?

Improving knowledge of herbicides and weed management is much cheaper than bank stabilisation or revegetation. This approach can improve the health of riparian areas and assist with bank stabilisation and reduction of sediment.

Purpose
Farm Practice Change,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Improve flows and fish passage by re-engineering and reconstructing the road over Post Office Creek (and other priority locations).

Why it is important?

Removing barriers and installing structures for increased fish movement will provide expanded access to habitat and fish breeding grounds. This fish barrier is in a high value area at the southern end of Hinchinbrook Channel. The project should involve the community and be used as a catalyst for further projects.

Purpose
Waterways Restoration,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Conduct trials to test the effectiveness of various microbial and fungal products in increasing agricultural productivity. 

Why it is important?

Providing scientific evidence and associated extension material provides landholders with the opportunity to make informed choices regarding their fertiliser choice.  It may result in reduced chemical and fertiliser use and any associated runoff, while still maintaining farm productivity.

Purpose
Farm Practice Change,
Priority
1,
Status
Proposed,
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Develop and market the natural attractions of the Hinchinbrook area: birdwatching, fishing, mangrove walks, whale watching, croc watching.

Why it is important?

Plenty of travellers just drive through/past – so why not give them an incentive to stop and stay a while? Diversify the local economy and bring a few more $ to town from travellers who stay. Attractions could be on public or private land – eg. things like mangrove walks.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
2,
Status
In Progress,
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Investigate a range of new technologies (eg. Drones, wild game cameras) to assist with location and control of feral animals, enabling more targeted control. 

Why it is important?

The impact of control resources and efforts can be maximised by using technology to improve information and understanding of feral animals and their locations, identifying new approaches and collaboration between all landholders.

Purpose
Invasive Species Control,
Priority
2,
Status
Proposed,
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Use available technology to pull together relevant NRM information/data and make it readily available to community (eg. mobile mapping apps).

Why it is important?

Help people find and engage with information to help make better decisions. There is a lot of useful information around to harvest and use.

Purpose
Capacity Building,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Develop education and incentive programs aimed at both school children and adults/landholders, to foster a sense of custodianship.

Why it is important?

Developing environmental modules for inclusion in the school curriculum, as well as showcasing local, successful environmental projects will result in productive landscapes which allow for maintenance of natural systems, while supporting communities and social aspirations.  Education and incentives together will result in cultural change.

Purpose
Awareness Raising,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Establish a local, native plant nursery for community volunteers.

Why it is important?

This project would bring together conservation-minded individuals, providing opportunities for learning and raising awareness.  Plants can be used for revegetation on private and public lands, including landscaping of the town environment and walking trails.

Purpose
Capacity Building,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Completion of a partially finished fish ladder on Lagoon Ck, to allow fish to access areas of the creek for breeding.

Why it is important?

The structure is already partially completed, so would require relatively minimal resources and finances to finalise and make it fully functional, providing access to further reaches of the creek for fish breeding.

Purpose
Waterways Restoration,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Bring together landholders, community groups and the community to clean up waterways and keep them clean.

Why it is important?

Make the waterways a great place to enjoy fishing/boating. Everyone will be proud of the outcome. Turn the waterway into a valued community asset. Activities could include rubbish removal, weed control and water quality monitoring. Lagoon Creek

Purpose
Waterways Restoration,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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Develop plan and prioritisation process for the catchment to identify the different types of actions required for different locations. 

Why it is important?

Community and landholders working together can help make waterway restoration everyone’s responsibility. A plan and clear set of priorities will enable us to work together to make a difference - coordinated action.

Purpose
Waterways Restoration,
Priority
3
Status
Proposed,
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