May 2018 e-newsletter
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Hello from the NESP TWQ Hub! The latest Hub news is now online and can be found in the May 2018 edition of “View From TWQ”.

NESP TWQ Project 3.1.2 James Cook University grower tour
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Dr Yvette Everingham from the National Environmental Science Program and Steve Attard from Agritech Solutions show cane farmers from across Queensland around the Internet of Things demonstration paddock at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia

NESP Science Day
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A NESP Science Day is to be held in Townsville on Monday 20th November, with presentations from many of the Tropical Water Quality research project leaders. To find out more details and how to register your attendance please click here.

October 2017 e-newsletter
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Find out what’s going on within the Hub in the October edition of “View From TWQ”, online to view now.

Tweet streams: how social media can help keep tabs on ecosystems’ health
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  Social media posts, such as this image uploaded to Flickr, can be repurposed for reef health monitoring. Sarah Ackerman/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY   Susanne Becken, Griffith University; Bela Stantic, Griffith University, and Rod Connolly, Griffith University   Social media … Read More

July 2017 e-newsletter
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Hello from the NESP TWQ Hub! The latest Hub news is now online and can be found in the July edition of “View From TWQ”.

March 2017 e-newsletter
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Catch up with the latest Hub news in the March edition of “View From TWQ”, which is online now.

December 2016 e-newsletter
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The December edition of “View From TWQ” is now online. Read more

An examination of the ability of coral geochemical records to reconstruct suspended sediment loads to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon
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Stephen Lewis’s project “An examination of the ability of coral geochemical records to reconstruct suspended sediment loads to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon” (Project 1.3), has now produced its Final Report and can be viewed here. If you want to … Read More

Project 25 (2.1.7)
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Monitoring and improving water quality in the runoff of sugar cane catchments in Far North Queensland is critical to protecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef.  

Reducing sediment sources to the Reef: testing the effectiveness of managing alluvial gully erosion
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Andrew Brooks’s project “Reducing sediment sources to the Reef: testing the effectiveness of managing alluvial gully erosion” (Project 1.7), has now produced its Final Report and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project 1.7 … Read More

Improving historical estimates of abundance and distribution of dugongs and large green turtles in western and central Torres Strait
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Helene Marsh’s project “Improving historical estimates of abundance and distribution of dugongs and large green turtles in western and central Torres Strait” (Project 3.2), has now produced two Final Reports. Report 1, Working with the community to understand the use … Read More

Sub-catchment scale monitoring, modelling and extension design to support reef water quality improvement
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Aaron Davis’s project “Sub-catchment scale monitoring, modelling and extension design to support reef water quality improvement” (Project 1.8), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project 1.8 then … Read More

Round 3 Call for Research Proposals
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The Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub, established under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), is calling for proposals for research projects.  We are seeking proposals for projects of up to 3 years duration, with an anticipated starting date of 1 … Read More

Could ‘nitrogen trading’ help the Great Barrier Reef?
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Among the increasing sums of money being pledged to help save the Great Barrier Reef is a federal government pledge to spend A$40 millionon improving water quality. The Queensland government has promised another A$33.5 million for the same purpose. Read more

Monitoring and reducing governance risks facing the GBR
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Allan Dale’s project “Monitoring and adaptively reducing system-wide governance risks facing the GBR” (Project 3.11), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project 3.11 then click here.

NESP TWQ Hub Research Plan 1 Project Outcomes
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The NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub Research Plan 1 Project Outcomes Report can now be viewed here. This report provides a snapshot of the project outcomes from the TWQ Hub Research Plan 1, each project has a short project background … Read More

Assessing the cumulative impacts of climatic disturbances on inshore GBR coral reefs, identifying key refuges and testing the viability of manipulative reef restoration
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Geoff Jones’s project “ Assessing the cumulative impacts of climatic disturbances on inshore GBR coral reefs, identifying key refuges and testing the viability of manipulative reef restoration” (Project 2.1), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. … Read More

Indigenous engagement critical for successful environment programs
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Melissa George and Ro Hill’s project “Indigenous capacity building and increased participation in management of Queensland sea country” (Project 3.9), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project … Read More

Improving approaches for management of impacts on the GBR
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Sven Uthicke’s project “Multiple and cumulative impacts on the GBR: assessment of current status and development of improved approaches for management” (Project 1.6), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to get more … Read More

Identifying & prioritizing emerging contaminants in the GBR and Torres Strait marine environments
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Frederieke Kroon’s project “Identification, impacts, and prioritization of emerging contaminants present in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait marine environments” (Project 1.10), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to get more … Read More

Assessment of Key Dugong and Turtle Seagrass resources in North-west Torres Strait
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Michael Rasheed’s project “Assessment of key dugong and turtle seagrass resources in the northern Torres Strait” (Project 3.5), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project 3.5 then … Read More

Integrated pest management of crown-of-thorns starfish on the GBR
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David Westcott’s project “Establishing the future NESP CoTS research framework including an ecologically-based approach to the management of CoTS at multiple scales” (Project 1.1), has now produced it’s Final Report, and can be viewed here. If you want to get … Read More

Investments in riparian management in the GBR catchments
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Rebecca Bartley’s project “Developing an approach to evaluate the effectiveness of investments in riparian management in the GBR catchments” (Project 1.2), has now produced it’s Final Reports, Part A can be viewed here and Part B can be viewed here. … Read More

Light thresholds for seagrasses of the GBR
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Catherine Collier’s project “Light thresholds for seagrasses of the GBR: a synthesis and guiding document for managing seagrass” (Project 3.3), has now produced it’s Final Report and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project … Read More

A tradable permit scheme for cost-effective reduction of nitrogen runoff in the sugarcane catchments of the Great Barrier Reef – Final Report
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Jim Smart’s project “A tradable permit scheme for cost-effective reduction of nitrogen runoff in the sugarcane catchments of the Great Barrier Reef” (Project 2.2), has now produced it’s Final Report and can be viewed here. If you want to get … Read More

Benchmarking costs of improving agricultural water management in GBR catchments – Final Report
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John Rolfe’s project “Benchmarking costs of improving agricultural water management in GBR catchments” (Project 3.10), has now produced it’s Final Report and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project 3.10 then click here.

Developing and refining biological indicators for condition assessments in an integrated monitoring program – Final Report
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Catherine Collier’s project “Developing and refining biological indicators for seagrass condition assessments in an integrated monitoring program” (Project 3.4), has now produced it’s Final Report and can be viewed here. If you want to get more info about Project 3.4 … Read More

Tropical Water Quality Hub’s diverse Steering Committee
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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 … Read More

Project 3.1 Final Report
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The Final Report for Rob Coles’s Project 3.1 is now online to view. Head over here to take a look. If you want to get more info about Project 3.1 then click here.

Project 3.6 Final Report
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The Final Report for Mike Kingsford’s Project 3.6 is now online to view. Head over here to take a look. If you want to get more info about Project 3.6 then click here.

Greg Hunt Media Release
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Read the full media release by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP about new Government funding of $4.8 to tackle gully erosion in Great Barrier Reef catchments here

Project 1.9 Final Report
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The Final Report for Britta Schaffelke’s Project 1.9 is now online to view. Head over here to take a look. If you want to get more info about Project 1.9 then click here.

Project 1.5 Final Report
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The Final Report for Romy Greiner’s Project 1.5 is now online to view. Head over here to take a look. If you want to get more info about Project 1.5 then click here.

Project 3.8 Final Report
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The Final Report for Prue Addison’s Project 3.8 is now online to view. Head over here to take a look. If you want to get more info about Project 3.8 then click here.

Project 3.7 Final Report
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The Final Report for Hugh Sweatman’s Project 3.7 is now online to view. Head over here to take a look. If you want to get more info about Project 3.7 then click here.

‘A line of dump trucks from Perth to Sydney and back again’
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Scientists say the federal and Queensland governments will not meet their international commitments aimed at rescuing the Great Barrier Reef unless they urgently tackle soil run-off. Dr Andrew Brooks from the Australian Rivers Institute said six years of field research … Read More

Solution at hand for saving Great Barrier Reef
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Our team from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute has identified thousands of hectares of rapidly eroding gullies in the rivers that feed fine sediment into the waters of the ailing Great Barrier Reef. Read More

Greg Hunt & Warren Entsch Media Release
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Read the full media release by The Hon. Greg Hunt MP and The Hon. Warren Entsch MP about the launch of the Australian Government funded NESP TWQ Hub here

New $32 million research hub aims to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality
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A NEW brains trust has been recruited to reverse poor water quality on the Great Barrier Reef, and to help protect the natural asset’s $5.2 billion tourism industry. Environment Minister Greg Hunt, who is expected to be in Cairns today, … Read More

NESP TWQ Hub Launch
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Today the NESP TWQ Hub was officially launched by the Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister of the Environment at the Deeral Boat Landing. Amongst those also in attendance were the Hon. Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt; Damian Burrows (Hub Leader); Leith Bully (Steering Committee … Read More

Round 2 Funding Applications Open
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Applications for NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub multi-year research proposals are open from 14 September 2015. The following documents should be referred to in completing a funding application proposal: Tropical Water Quality Hub Research Priorities for Second Round Funding Tropical … Read More