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.
Systematically and strategically conduct riparian restoration projects to improve the health of our region’s waterways, including the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.
A systematic approach to waterway restoration, developed in collaboration with all stakeholders and based on agreed criteria and priorities, will provide extensive benefits to the health of our rivers and streams.
Engage local communities to conduct small scale restoration activities around local creeks.
Focusing on small scale activities in specific localities can make it easier for people to find a way to be involved which suits them, perhaps without requiring a huge commitment. Involving the local community develops a strong culture of stewardship.
Undertake restoration work in key wetlands across the Wet Tropics to restore their function and protect their environmental values.
Many wetlands throughout the region have been heavily modified. Restoring their function can significantly improve water quality and benefit a whole range of aquatic and terrestrial species, including migratory birds.
Stabilise areas of significant erosion in the landscape, using a range of techniques eg. revegetation, maintaining effective farm drains and installing detention basins.
Stabilising eroding sites will reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into waterways, significantly improving water quality in our region's waterways, including the Great Barrier Reef.
Develop and deliver programs and initiatives to conserve water on rural and urban land.
Our water resources are under increasing pressure and competing demands, from urban populations, agricultural use and environmental flows. The uncertainty of a changing climate adds further complexity to water use and management, with predictions of changes in weather patterns and rainfall events and changes in urban and rural water requirements.