Trial community ‘rapid response’ model as an engaging and effective way to tackle yellow crazy ants.
This will leverage the passion of the community to deliver environmental and community engagement / capacity building outcomes. It maximises the knowledge and ownership of the community.
Maintain and protect existing areas of natural forest, particularly in areas providing connectivity.
Protection of existing forest provides a cost-effective way of maintaining vegetation cover and habitat and provides increased resilience of plants and animals to climate change. Targeting public land ensures better long term protection. Suitable locations include Kuranda – Speewah.
Conduct a coordinated and extensive pig trapping and baiting program.
Pigs are destructive in the local landscape, damaging its natural and agricultural values. The program needs to occur across a large scale for maximum effectiveness and reduction in numbers.
Develop and implement a school and community environmental education program.
Increasing knowledge and awareness results in more community involvement and well informed decision making processes. It is important for education to occur with both school children and the general community to ensure wider uptake. Children are our future!
Revegetate and protect and manage remnant vegetation in priority riparian areas, including weed control and fencing.
This delivers multiple outcomes, including improving water quality and habitat, and reducing bank erosion and nutrient, sediment and pesticide loads. Areas for focus include the confluence of Tinaroo Ck and the Barron River; Granite Ck.
Identify opportunities to increase tree cover using suitable species.
Biodiversity of the area will be increased/protected by providing habitat for native species. Revegetation provides long-term management of weeds, as canopy cover reduces suitability for weeds.
Develop an education program and incentive / stewardship scheme to encourage increased habitat restoration on private land.
Significant areas of habitat occur on private land, so it is essential to investigate ways to encourage landholders to protect vegetation on their property. Sites could include Jumrum, Warrill, Owens, Dismal, Queens Creeks.
Employ officers and provide incentive grants to develop environmental projects with individual landholders.
The one-on-one approach aims to facilitate greater involvement with landholders, resulting in increased uptake and on ground action. Once projects are developed, it is important to have access to a funding source for implementation. Important areas include Granite Range Corridor, Barron River Bioregional Corridor, local creek corridors.