The communities of the Wet Tropics region have identified a diverse range of priority actions which, collectively, will help achieve our strategic outcomes and keep us moving towards our longer term goals.
The identification of priority actions was done both regionally and locally. These were then integrated to arrive at the greatest possible alignment between what people care about in their backyard and regional priorities; these now form our list of Regional priorities.
The complete list of Local priorities can be accessed using the filters to the left. More detail can be found on each Priority Action by clicking on the links for more information.
Develop a program to support industries to make well informed decisions NOW about changes to practice that will build resilience.
Providing industries with a greater understanding of the challenges/opportunities that the future will bring - using interactive and compelling technology, will enable people to plan their response more proactively, and have a greater influence over their own future.
Develop and implement a multi-partner innovation strategy providing farmers with access to knowledge, technical support and opportunities to connect with others.
Fast tracking transformational change in agriculture is essential and support such as easy access to knowledge, case studies, a space for sharing experiences will support farmers that are trying new things and build a culture of experimentation and adaptation.
Develop a region-wide brand and local trade strategy focusing on sustainable production, low carbon footprint and high quality produce.
Establishing a business brand for the region linked to natural assets, sustainability and proactive tackling of climate change challenges will build recognition of the quality of the products as well as the farming processes.
Work collaboratively to enhance existing, and develop new, practical and useful extension and knowledge brokering services and products for land managers, covering the wide range of integrated NRM issues affecting, and affected by, land management.
Using the latest knowledge about how to inspire and enable change in land managers, a cross-sector program targeting a range of outcomes including water quality, biodiversity and invasive species could enhance farmer capacity and resilience and build a stronger culture of natural resource stewardship.
Investigate effective techniques for improving the health of soil and develop appropriate extension materials, with the aim of improving land management and reducing sediment and nutrient runoff.
Healthy soils can improve agricultural productivity, reduce reliance on chemical inputs and their associated costs, and minimise agricultural runoff to waterways and the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Robust scientific evidence can be accessed and translated into appropriate extension material to provide landholders with the opportunity to make informed choices regarding the management of their soil.
Conduct trials on a range of innovative practices relevant to industries in the Wet Tropics, to improve knowledge of the effectiveness of these approaches and increase the uptake of successful techniques.
Improving the science and knowledge underpinning new and innovative approaches across a range of industries can help increase their uptake, resulting in more sustainable natural resource management, productivity and community outcomes.
Develop a tourism marketing strategy to promote the natural and cultural assets of the Wet Tropics region, increasing environmental awareness and value through experience with nature.
A clever marketing campaign can increase visitor numbers to the region, but also raise awareness within local communities of the value of the natural and cultural environment. Establishing a strong link between the natural environment, employment and regional development brings an added incentive for local communities to support good conservation and environmental management.
Develop and implement a plan to improve access to natural areas for recreational purposes, by a diverse range of user groups (eg. disabled, older people, active tourists).
Increased access to natural areas can build attachment to places, increase appreciation and allow the community to build stewardship over their urban and natural assets. This could provide unique marketing opportunities for the region and diversification of the tourism industry.