Identify markets for pest animal products – meat, hides, bones etc, to turn pests into a commercial industry.
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.
Use a range of positive mechanisms to instil a cultural change regarding environmental management.
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.
Establish a demonstration site to display good waterway management, including weed control and revegetation of the riparian zone.
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.
Support landholders with knowledge of selective herbicides and funding to control weeds in riparian areas.
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.
Improve flows and fish passage by re-engineering and reconstructing the road over Post Office Creek (and other priority locations).
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.
Conduct trials to test the effectiveness of various microbial and fungal products in increasing agricultural productivity.
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.
Develop and market the natural attractions of the Hinchinbrook area: birdwatching, fishing, mangrove walks, whale watching, croc watching.
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.
Investigate a range of new technologies (eg. Drones, wild game cameras) to assist with location and control of feral animals, enabling more targeted control.
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.
Use available technology to pull together relevant NRM information/data and make it readily available to community (eg. mobile mapping apps).
Help people find and engage with information to help make better decisions. There is a lot of useful information around to harvest and use.
Develop education and incentive programs aimed at both school children and adults/landholders, to foster a sense of custodianship.
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.
Establish a local, native plant nursery for community volunteers.
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.
Completion of a partially finished fish ladder on Lagoon Ck, to allow fish to access areas of the creek for breeding.
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.
Bring together landholders, community groups and the community to clean up waterways and keep them clean.
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
Develop plan and prioritisation process for the catchment to identify the different types of actions required for different locations.
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.