Issue 30: Reef and Wetlands
The world is concerned about the health of the Great Barrier Reef, and so are we.
Over 60% of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park lies off the coast of the Cape York NRM management area. While land managers can’t stop bleaching events, we are working together across Cape York to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
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.
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.