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Fitzroy Basin awareness campaign 2017

Tilapia - Stop the Spread

Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) is an aggressive pest fish regarded as one of the greatest threats to Australia’s aquatic ecosystem. They are a highly successful invasive species due to a number of key characteristics: rapid reproduction with maternal care, adaptable food requirements and tolerance for a wide range of aquatic habitats. Tilapia have progressively established populations in waterways throughout the south-east and northern Queensland and Western Australia since the 1970s.


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From the beach to the bush: A young person’s perspective on caring for the environment

From the beach to the bush: A young person's perspective on caring for the environment

Brooke, 13, lives on a cattle property in Central Queensland, while Amy, 14, lives at the beach. Completely opposite lifestyles and upbringings yet the girls discovered they are very similar after spending a day in each other’s shoes. Brooke visited Amy at the beach and learnt to paddle board and later that day Amy visited Brooke's family property to spend time with the cattle, grooming the horse and collecting the chook eggs. Both girls care about the environment and our future and share their thoughts. There's something about witnessing the passion of the next generation and their drive to protect the environment that inspires each of us to do more, and think more about what can be done to protect it for future generations... Together we can protect our assets, support our growth and plan for our future. Visit CQSS2030.com.au for more information and to get involved!


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Building Resilience – Cyclone Flood Recovery

Building Resilience - Ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald Flood Recovery

In January 2013, excessive rain from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald—800mm over 20 hours—triggered massive flooding in areas, higher than previously seen. The rain event caused major structural damage to fencing and water infrastructure, as well as land degradation through erosion. Recovery work was completed through funding from the Queensland Government's Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald On-farm Productivity and Riparian Restoration Program. FBA and our local delivery partners FRCC and DCCA, worked with landholders in the worst affected areas to repair the damage. On-ground restoration activities included streambank stabilisation and riparian restoration; gully stabilisation and soil conservation; and farm infrastructure restoration. The program also supported and promoted on-farm productivity, and enhanced local landscape, waterway and ecosystem capacity, and resilience to manage the impacts of future events.


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Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan – Environment

Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan - Environment

The Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP:2015) has been developed to improve water quality in the Fitzroy Basin to protect the Great Barrier Reef. WQIP:2015 will cover the Fitzroy Basin and coastal catchments (Styx, Shoalwater, Waterpark Creek, Boyne and Calliope) as well as adjacent marine waters. The plan sets water quality targets for the region, identifies priority areas to undertake works and recommends management actions to improve water quality. It will guide investments in our region to improve water quality and help restore the health of the Reef. Priority neighbourhood catchments for ecosystem repair have been identified to help target investments. Ecosystem repair actions include improving fish passage past in-stream barriers like weirs, restoring and protecting wetlands and riparian vegetation. WQIP:2015 has been developed by Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. through funding from the Australian Government's Reef Programme.


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Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan

Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan

The Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP:2015) has been developed to improve water quality in the Fitzroy Basin to protect the Great Barrier Reef. WQIP:2015 will cover the Fitzroy Basin and coastal catchments (Styx, Shoalwater, Waterpark Creek, Boyne and Calliope) as well as adjacent marine waters. The plan sets water quality targets for the region, identifies priority areas to undertake works and recommends management actions to improve water quality. It will guide investments in our region to improve water quality and help restore the health of the Reef. WQIP:2015 has been developed by Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. through funding from the Australian Government's Reef Programme. Check out the video to learn more and visit the website www.fba.org.au/wqip


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Volunteers – why we do what we do and love it!

Volunteers - why we do what we do and love it!

Volunteers give countless hours of their time to help protect the environment and improve its condition for future generations. Their passion and pride in their community group or club is inspiring. In this video, local volunteers share their hopes for the future, specifically in 15 years from now. Together we can protect our assets, support our growth and plan for our future. Visit CQSS2030.com.au for more information and to get involved!


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Recording Traditional Knowledge at Corio Bay

Recording Traditional Knowledge at Corio Bay - Nyoka and Amanda

Local traditional owners, the Darumbal People, hold a rich ecological and cultural knowledge about their country. FBA visited Corio Bay with four Darumbal elders, Nyoka, Amanda, Bill and Tosie, to learn about this environment. The videos focused on traditional ecological knowledge and cultural significance of the area, and were developed through funding from the Australian Government. Elders have shared their knowledge to ensure it is available for future generations, and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding within the wider community


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Recording Traditional Knowledge at Corio Bay

Recording Traditional Ecological Knowledge Corio Bay Bill and Tosie

Local traditional owners, the Darumbal People, hold a rich ecological and cultural knowledge about their country. FBA visited Corio Bay with four Darumbal elders, Nyoka, Amanda, Bill and Tosie, to learn about this environment. The videos focused on traditional ecological knowledge and cultural significance of the area, and were developed through funding from the Australian Government. Elders have shared their knowledge to ensure it is available for future generations, and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding within the wider community.


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Marine Turtle tracks – what to do when you spot them

Marine Turtle tracks - what to do when you spot them

Do you go for a walk along the beach in the morning? Can you help us monitor turtles nesting on our region's beaches? Watch this video to learn how you can help.


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Five Rocks Clean Up 2016

Five Rocks Clean Up 2016

Five Rocks, located 60km north of Yeppoon is a special place and an internationally significant site loved by fishermen, campers and 4wd enthusiasts. A community event was coordinated by Surfrider Foundation (Capricorn and Sunshine Coast branches), Cleanwater Constructions and supported by Capricornia Catchments, QPWS and Fitzroy Basin Association Inc (FBA) through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme to raise awareness and encourage responsible use of the area's natural assets. 50 people camped overnight and walked the beaches to remove debris that had washed up along our shoreline. We can all make a difference to the state of our beautiful coastline. Small actions made by many, have a huge impact - so we encourage you to collect three items of litter next time you are on your beach walk. FBA would like to acknowledge and thank Kash Walker for creating this excellent and inspiring video.


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