Develop pro-active partnerships with local, state and federal government to manage feral pigs.
The proposed development of northern Australia is undermined if the damage and destruction of our environment by feral pigs is not dealt with. Occurrence of Panama TR4 provides leverage for wash down.
Restoration of priority locations identified in the Johnstone River Management Plan.
Comprehensive planning, consultation and prioritising has already been undertaken during the development of the JRMP, identifying actions which deliver significant outcomes eg. Reducing climate change impacts, improved water quality and reef health, involvement of Traditional Owners and the wider community.
Enhance community capacity by establishing a nursery and taskforce to revegetate priority locations, reinstating natural corridors.
It would ensure entire landscapes are transformed, not just small areas. Would get community members involved by “owning” their revegetation areas. Would make the most of opportunities such as Green Army.
Active revegetation/rehabilitation in strategic locations for connective corridors and riparian zones, including community engagement and landholder incentives.
Local ownership by landholders will achieve many objectives in a single project eg. improved biodiversity, ecosystem function, water quality, species movement, landscape resilience, genetic connectivity, reduce stream bank erosion and weeds. Multiple priority sites.
Use a combination of incentives and compliance to protect local, high value ecosystems (eg. Littoral rainforest/riparian habitat).
It makes sense to look after what we’ve got. Biodiversity is linked directly with available habitat. We cannot achieve healthy dynamic ecosystems if destruction and mismanagement is not acted on. Legislation may need strengthening, especially at a local government level.
Work with Port Authority and council to approve concept of Mourilyan tourism port development, allowing the port to function for tourism and agriculture.
Improving tourism experiences (eg. cultural festival, landscaping) will result in increased job creation, tourism, increased conservation awareness and improved social and cultural opportunities.
Develop training and incentives programs to encourage farmers to use minimum tillage techniques and controlled traffic rows/zones.
Providing appropriate information and incentives will encourage more farmers to use techniques which protect soils, resulting in benefits to soil health, reduced fuel and time costs and productivity gains. It can be easily done with current equipment and implements.
Develop education and extension programs to increase knowledge and implementation of eco-friendly farming practices.
This would result in well-managed farm systems and help the whole ecosystem from river to reef, by reducing runoff into local waterways and wetlands.
More research given to finding uses for weeds / pests.
Can value add on existing agricultural industries and be a cost effective solution to weed / pest eradication. It could be a good way to reduce the negative impacts of weeds and pests.
Establish a Traditional Owner nursery to provide trees for revegetation and support for employment of TOs.
Employment for TOs and promotion of cultural values as well as outcomes for World Heritage and future generations. Need to sustain the balance of our land and waters.
Promote collaborative partnership between TOs, governments, NGOs, landowners and community to work on whole region as a cultural landscape.
Everybody looking at the region as a whole landscape provides better integration of projects and resources.
Have all rural roads sealed.
An integrated approach involving a range of stakeholders is required to reduce sediment runoff throughout the landscape. Farmers are doing their bit but runoff from roads contributes a significant sediment load.
Use of a range of initiatives to reduce wildlife deaths from human activities, particularly for threatened species such as cassowaries eg. constructing wildlife crossings over/under roads, reduced motor vehicle speeds.
Increased vehicle traffic and use of roads will result in increased risk to wildlife, requiring changes to management approaches.
Lobby for appropriate policies to ensure adequate protection and conservation outcomes regarding the use of National Parks.
National Parks can benefit from private or external use – provided it is well managed. Give the community and visitors a nature experience and educate them about the National Park’s significance and management challenges like pests and weeds eg. Mamu Skywalk.
Conduct scientific research and consult with TOs and community regarding improving fire management.
Rainforest does not recover well after burning; improving fire management techniques will help ensure the ongoing health and viability of already threatened remnants.
Develop education packages to support farmers to make informed decisions regarding chemical use, to minimise runoff to waterways.
Providing appropriate education and PR will enable landholders to better understand the impacts of excessive chemical runoff, and make more informed decisions about the use of chemicals, particularly around waterways.
Develop and implement a plan for disabled access to selected natural areas eg. fishing, walking tracks, beach access – Mission Beach, Warrina Lakes.
Could make the shire a unique place for a whole new tourism outlook. Disabled and older people can enjoy the natural environment and resources. Marketing and promotion of the idea by media, community and disability groups. Lansdowne Outdoor Recreation Park is good example.
Working with farmers, develop programs to prevent excessive land sediment runoff and promote the value of topsoil ie. as farm fertiliser.
If you understand the value of your topsoil you will work to protect it.
Investigation of alternative approaches to generate power and increase restoration activities for carbon sequestration.
Alternative energy generation can assist with reducing impacts of climate change, as well as provide improved opportunities for regional employment and development. New technology to destroy tyres, clean the ensuing smoke and generate adequate locally consumable electricity.
Conduct restoration activities to improve wetland health, including weed and pest management, desilting and revegetation.
This will help reverse the degradation of the environment, including water, wetlands, mammals, invertebrates, weed and pest invasion.