Then and Now: land clearing and conservation in the brigalow belt

This image above is from a prospectus of the Central Queensland region from the early 1960’s called “The Rockhampton Story” It highlights the recently announced £12.24m Brigalow Land Clearing Scheme ($349 m in todays’ money!!!). The scheme financed land developers in the brigalow belt of Central Queensland to develop land through clearing vegetation; improving pastures, fencing, water availability, and roads to advance Queenslands’ beef, crop, grain and fibre industries into the global export market. Prior to European settlement there was over 10 million hectares of brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) vegetation communities in Queensland. However by 2013, there was less than 1.2…

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Training in “First Aid” for the Reef

Government, industry and community group representatives converged on the Great Barrier Reef to learn and share knowledge on current and emerging technologies to assist the recovery and restoration of coral reefs. Coral reefs are facing unprecedented threats from a combination of climate change and local pressures. People can make a difference to reef health by reducing threats and improving coral reefs using methods such as reef restoration and coral gardening. Sometimes compared to “first aid for the reef”, Reef restoration is rapidly developing into an exciting approach for helping coral reefs bounce back after damaging events such as cyclones, ship…

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Scott’s epic Australia to New Zealand kayak expedition

Thought an overnight kayak trip was a big deal? Well spare a thought for Scott Donaldson who is about to embark on an epic journey to be the first person to kayak from Australia to New Zealand and Ecosure will be right there with him as a keen sponsor. He was winched to safety after 84 days at sea in 2014, but adventurer Scott will take off from Coffs Harbour in an attempt to become the first person to kayak from Australia to New Zealand solo. Hopefully it will be second time lucky for Scott who previously came incredibly close…

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Free Water Quality Workshop – Sat 21 April

Ecosure is delivering a hands-on water quality workshop for the Capricorn Coast Landcare group that will run through the basics of water quality monitoring. Looking at the existing Landcare rehabilitation site for the community at Fig Tree Creek, Ecosure will demonstrate the use of water quality testing equipment and how certain factors can affect the rehabilitation of riverbanks and plants in different ways. Places are limited and bookings essential so be quick! Contact envirolink@cqnet.com.au to secure your place.

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Crown-of-thorns starfish cull on the Great Barrier Reef

General Manager Diane Lanyon was one of 14 volunteer divers that recently culled 47,000 crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef. This was the largest number of starfish that have been killed in a single 8 day trip. "The trip was an amazing experience especially since it was such a collaboration between volunteers, the marine parks field management program and a marine tourism charter operator who volunteered his boat and staff for the week." Diane also said, "the diving was pretty tough in some areas where the swell and currents had us working hard. But it was such a satisfying…

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Ecosure’s GM Diane Lanyon on a mission to save the reef

Diane Lanyon Ecosure’s General Manager will be part of a mission scheduled to depart in mid January as part of a team going out to the Swains Reef, 220km off Yeppoon partnered with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the local charter operator Kanimbla to cull Crown of Thorns starfish. Full Article:   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-05/great-barrier-reef-crown-of-thorns-starfish-major-outbreak/9305580

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