Issue 31: Sustainable Industries
Agricultural producers on Cape York have embraced technology to track the water run-off from their banana farms.
Kureen Farming and Swiss Farms are using KP samplers and photometers, to test the levels of nitrogen present in water run-off, and to monitor water quality in the area.
Little is known about nitrogen run-off from banana paddocks in Lakeland so Cape York NRM encouraged the Lakeland farmers to establish a farmer-based water quality monitoring program and they began gathering baseline information during the 2017 wet season.
Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and Cape York Natural Resource Management (Cape York NRM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to secure a strategic partnership for sustainable management of land and sea country.
TSRA and Cape York NRM are neighbouring natural resource management bodies who work with Traditional Owner groups such as Native Title Prescribed Body Corporates
(PBCs), land managers, community groups and individuals to look after land and sea country.
Photo: The Springvale Erosion Management Plan (EMP) project team inspect gullies on Springvale. The Queensland Government has contracted Cape York Natural Resource Management to work with Griffith University; Indigenous partners through the Yalanji Joint Venture; Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation; and erosion, water quality and vegetation scientists, to develop the Springvale EMP. It will provide recommendations to guide future erosion control activities for priority gully areas on Springvale Station. For more information
Western Cape College Leads to Careers Expo 2017
This was a great opportunity to explore employment opportunities with students from the Western Cape College and promote the amazing things the local land and sea rangers have been achieving. Many students were interested in becoming rangers and had already commenced their Cert II in Conservation and Land Management. The expo was a terrific place for students to get some useful information, ideas for careers, and a range of other options for the bright futures ahead of them.
Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards 2017 Finalist
Cape York NRM is thrilled to have been named as a finalist in the 'Connecting Up' Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards 2017. The award is for outstanding contributions to the Australian not-for-profit sector through innovative technology solutions and service excellence, and was presented on Thursday 4 May at Hawthorn Arts Centre in Melbourne.
If you’re in an area without mobile network, Wi-Fi Calling could help.
With Telstra Wi-Fi Calling you can make calls to landlines and mobiles over an available Wi-Fi network.
How does this help you?
Voice services can be connected over compatible smartphones where previously no service was possible. It’s simple to use.
Does Telstra Wi-Fi Calling cost extra, or use my data allowance?
An ATV is pulling a small trailer through the inter-rows of bananas at Red Valley in Lakeland. While this may not be an unusual site on a Lakeland banana farm, it is what’s happening under the soil that the trailer travels over, which is a new technology to the area.
Tony Crowley is the Director/Owner of Farmacist, a company that specialises in EC and EM mapping. EC, (electro-conductivity) mapping identifies the different soil zones in a paddock which enables farmers to identify specific sites for soil samples, and helps to produce a more productive farm design.
CHANGING LITTERING BEHAVIOUR THROUGH ARTS PROGRAM
‘Make a difference, make a start, transform your trash in to art with the Cape Create Crew at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival’.
Transforming Trash LitterED Environmental Arts Project has entered its third year of operations with gusto, once again delivering the Litter-Ed program at schools and events across Cape York.
The program, which is delivered by the Cape Create Crew, promotes environmental awareness, educating people about the effects of rubbish, particularly plastics, in our environment.
Amrun Project Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) trucking movements
Rio Tinto’s Amrun Project has commenced trucking material from Archer River Quarry via the Peninsula Development Road and Aurukun Road to support the construction of key mine infrastructure, including a water supply dam and tailings storage facility.
Until the end of December, a number of road trains will travel from the quarry to the project site during daylight hours, and some at night.
What are we doing to make it safe for road users?
by Emma Jackson, Chairperson, Cape York NRM, Sector Director - Primary Industries
Last quarter we talked water, this quarter let’s talk land.
As an organisation we appreciate the balance between water, land and life. All three are equally important to sustain the planet, but to sustain the planet we need to have sustainable practices.