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Dry Tropics fish reporting — Doc lures in the data Greg ‘Doc Lures’ Vinall is well known in the North. He’s the founder and host of the Australian Lure Fishing Podcast, an international authority on making wooden fishing lures, author of ten fishing books, a speaker, consultant, and the Independent Chair of the Wet Tropics Waterways regional report card partnership...
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Grants open for Townsville projects $150,000 in grants are now available to kickstart 6 community- and Traditional Owner-led projects that will reduce threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville’s first Community Action Plan for Rivers and Reef is now live. The Plan details the issues, ideas, and projects that the people of Townsville want to see prioritised for the health...
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Dry Tropics fish reporting — Doc lures in the data Greg ‘Doc Lures’ Vinall is well known in the North. He’s the founder and host of the Australian Lure Fishing Podcast, an international authority on making wooden fishing lures, author of ten fishing books, a speaker, consultant, and the Independent Chair of the Wet Tropics Waterways regional report card partnership...
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Students embrace EcoMarines and eco-careers A wealth of environmental expertise was on show in Townsville to inspire the next generation in their future careers. The EcoMarines Foundation’s ‘Wave + Check’ events brought together students from primary and secondary schools across Townsville this week to celebrate eco-activities they’ve implemented through the year under EcoMarines programs, and to explore the possibilities ahead for...
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Stories of water stewardship

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Townsville turns it on to tackle trash Where are Townsville’s waterway litter hotspots? Thanks to the hundreds of heroes who turn out to pick up rubbish and count it, the trashiest sites are now easier to spot. The 2023 Townsville Dry Tropics Waterways Report Card reveals the state of our local creeks, rivers, and coastal waters — and even allocates grades for the litter...
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In Conversation

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Five minutes with: Marine biologist, Darcy Justin  “From my experience, Australians are more aware and thoughtful towards their reefs than Americans,” says our intern and James Cook University Marine Biology Masters student, Darcy Justin. “In the US, I’d say there are many people that are not aware of the Florida Reef Tract, let alone the impact recent bleaching events have...
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Report Card release

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2023 Waterways Report Card release How healthy are Townsville’s rivers, creeks, and coasts? State of local waters revealed. 20 July 2023 The Townsville Dry Tropics Waterways Report Card is released today, grading the health of the region’s rivers, creeks, and coastal waters. Results show wins for waterway habitats, high litter pressure on Orpheus Island, and a poor grade for water quality in the...
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Meet the brains behind our Report Card Dinny Taylor and Adam Shand are the technical specialists behind the Townsville Dry Tropics Waterways Report Card — an annual report that grades local waterways on their health, based on data for water quality, habitat changes, hydrology, litter, and fish life. Their almost year-long task means acquiring more than 27,000 data points from...
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Announcement

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Partnerships receive $3.75 million investment The Queensland Government has announced it will invest $3.75 million over three years to continue the Regional Report Card Partnerships Initiative, which includes the Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters. Four other Regional Report Card Partnerships operate within the Great Barrier Reef catchment: Wet Tropics Waterways; Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership; Fitzroy Partnership for...
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Free public event

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20 July 2023 — Healthy Waters Arvo! Townsville’s waterways flow into everything we do. Whether walking the Ross, fishing at Pallarenda, dog-strolling along The Strand, or taking a dip in Crystal or Alligator Creeks — any Dry Tropics heart is half-made of water. But how healthy are our rivers, creeks, and coasts? To mark the release of our 2023 Waterways Report...
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