6th February 2017

Release by RRRC

Keeping an eye on Big Wet runoff

Every year, major rainfalls in Far North Queensland turn the Barron River and other major watercourses a bright shade of ochre as they pick up mud and silt on their way to the ocean – but this year, scientists and farmers are keeping a closer eye on the sediment-filled waters and their effects on the Great Barrier Reef. Read more

26th September 2016

Release by RRRC

New fertilizers to protect reef and farm profitability

Scientists in Far North Queensland are trialling new fertilizers that could reduce levels of run-off containing high levels of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), a major health threat to the Great Barrier Reef that has been linked to coral bleaching and Crown of Thorns Starfish outbreaks. Read more

23rd May 2016

Release by RRRC

Harnessing the market to reduce coastal run-off

An experiment under the NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub has indicated that a nitrogen trading scheme could be effective in reducing agricultural runoff impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Read more

24th April 2016

Release by RRRC

Diverse steering committee helps TWQ Hub

The Tropical Water Quality Hub’s diverse steering committee gives it a unique advantage.

The quality of Australia’s tropical marine environments is critical to the health of natural icons like the Great Barrier Reef and by extension the wide range of industries that depend on it. Read more

4th March 2016

Release by RRRC

Research on Early Warning System for Irukandji

Scientists and managers will be better equipped to understand and predict swarms of potentially deadly ‘irukandji’ jellyfish in Far North Queensland waters thanks to government supported research. Read more

3rd March 2016

Release by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Government provides $4.8m to tackle gully erosion in Great Barrier Reef catchments

The Australian Government is providing $4.86m for five organisations to work with landholders to address the vast issue of gully erosion in the Great Barrier Reef catchments.

These gullies are located in some of the highest risk areas of sediment erosion for the Great Barrier Reef. Read more

29th February 2016

Release by RRRC

Tropical Water Quality Hub to help keep Reef clear of plastic rubbish

A Far North Queensland based environmental research hub will lend a hand in reducing the amount of plastic rubbish choking the Great Barrier Reef.

Australians dump more than 14,000 tons of plastic waste into the ocean every year this
results in up to six pieces of plastic rubbish settling on every metre of Australian coastline. Read more

22nd September 2015

Joint release by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP and The Hon. Warren Entsch MP

Improving water quality in the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s iconic and precious Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding tropical waters will benefit from 24 innovative research projects conducted by this Government’s Tropical Water Quality Hub.

This scientific investment being launched today supports practical policy and programmes to improve the Great Barrier Reef under the Government’s $140 million Reef Trust. Read more