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Issue 30: Reef and Wetlands

Meet Caleb and other Cape York NRM staff members at some of the events noted in the Cape York Calendar
Queensland producers now have access to grants of up to $2500 to help tackle family business and succession planning thanks to the Queensland Government.
As of 1 February 2017 it became “a requirement for quad bike riders and the drivers of utility offroad vehicles, and any passengers carried, to wear an approved motorcycle helmet when the vehicle is operating on a road or road-related area.
In October, excitement was high on the morning of our first day mustering feral cattle out of Saltwater Paddock, an area which has been fenced to protect the wetlands

My name is Katelyn Greaves and I have a school based traineeship with South Cape York Catchments (SCYC). Currently I’m in my second year of my traineeship, and have worked in a number of different environments around Cooktown and with the local community. 

When I first started I learnt how to spray weeds properly and safely, and how to monitor using a GPS to produce maps. Later on, I learnt and saw how different weeds impact the environment in different ways. For example; Gamba grass and Hymenachne. 

Predation of endangered sea turtles on western Cape York Peninsula has been significantly reduced by a co-ordinated monitoring and conservation program introduced in 2013.
The Apudthama Rangers conducted an intensive five-week hawksbill turtle monitoring program on Milman Island in early 2017

A conversation during a 2016 road trip inspired a wonderful collection of story-telling by some of Cape York’s ingenious land managers.

Our podcast series, My Cape York Life, was launched on Friday 10 February on Cape York NRM’s Land Manager site. It explores the lives of eight of Cape York’s best – people working in conservation, agriculture, local government and not-for-profits – who manage traditional Aboriginal lands, care for endangered species and conservation areas, enable scientific studies, and develop innovation in agriculture, grazing and sustainable farming systems.

Cape York NRM is working on an exciting project that will boost the capacity of Cape York communities to plan for adaptation to climate change. Between now and June, we will work with up to five partner groups to scale down the science about climate change to understand the likely impacts in specific areas of country, and to work out what this will mean for the management of land and sea in those areas.

Water is an extremely important natural resource. Water is life. We need it to live, and so too does the environment.