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The 2019 Reef Leadership and Reef Restoration Workshop at Orpheus Island Research Station from 15-18 Nov 2019 will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and increase skills. Click on the image below for further informatioin on the workshop.  

What’s eating Crown of Thorns? How Tropical Water Quality Hub is answering questions on a coral-eating predator

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Research spanning multiple fields and institutions is filling knowledge gaps on the factors affecting outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS) on the Great Barrier Reef under a collaborative framework supported by the Tropical Water Quality Hub. Among … Read More

Gully symposium brings erosion ‘brains trust’ to Southern Hemisphere for first time

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Erosion from gullies is a major source of sediment impact on the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Mitigating this erosion is therefore key to improving water quality in Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems. In late July the world’s experts on gully erosion, including … Read More

Innovative technology is saving water and helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef

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By applying the right amount of water, at the right time, in the right crop, to match that crop’s requirements, sugar growers can save water and deliver significant benefits to the Great Barrier Reef. NESP TWQ Hub researcher Yvette Everingham’s … Read More

How to maintain a functioning Great Barrier Reef

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Some species or species groups may be more important than others in helping the Great Barrier Reef function and continue to provide its ecosystem services. Identifying these species is a crucial component of maintaining the highly biodiverse Great Barrier Reef into … Read More

400 tonnes of coral bommies returned to the Reef after a cyclone

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When Cyclone Debbie hit the Whitsunday Islands in 2017, it dislodged the massive Porites boulder corals that dot the popular dive site Manta Ray Bay, moving them up into the intertidal zone and reducing the bay’s reefs to rubble. Tourism … Read More

Master Reef Guides supported by NESP research

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NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub research is continuing to feed into the Master Reef Guides program. These expert communicators convey the wonder, fragility and interconnections of the Great Barrier Reef, supported by the latest NESP research. Visit Master Reef Guides … Read More

Collaboration is sweet

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An interactive map recently released by Australian sugar cane industry peak body Canegrowers shows over a decade of collaboration between the industry and Great Barrier Reef research, including multiple Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub projects. TWQ Hub projects on landholder engagement, … Read More

New paper shows nutrients play vital roles in coral bleaching

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Key Points Coral bleaching involves the break-up of symbiosis between corals and their algal partners and has resulted in rapid and severe reductions to coral cover and recruitment on the Great Barrier Reef This break-up is currently and almost exclusively … Read More

‘Reef grief’ highlights need for renewed effort to protect and heal Great Barrier Reef

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Research delivered through NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub (the predecessor to NESP TWQ) has illustrated the role played by emotive media coverage of the mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017. The emotional response to mass … Read More

Indigenous rangers trained in managing mangroves on their country

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Healthy mangrove forests play a vital role to maintaining the quality of water flowing out to the Great Barrier Reef, and Traditional Owners have a strong interest in helping monitor and manage their land and sea country. A Traditional Owner … Read More

Working with Traditional Owners to monitor mangrove health

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Working with Tropical Water Quality Hub researchers, Bundaberg-based indigenous ranger group Gidarjil Development Corporation has built its capacity to monitor and manage the health of mangrove ecosystems within the Port Curtis Coral Coast’s Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) … Read More

RRRC partners with local tour company to show reef recovery to decision-makers

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Decision-makers involved in the Australian government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) saw the recovery of corals on the Great Barrier Reef first-hand last week courtesy of a local tourism operator. The group, which included representatives from the Australian and Queensland … Read More

June 2019 e-newsletter

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The June edition of “View on TWQ”  is now online and can be found here.

River Plans Revealed

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First published in The Cairns Post, Friday 7th June 2019 A BOLD new plan for water quality in the Russell River has been unveiled – and itʼs causing plenty of debate. At the Babinda RSL Hall on May 30, the … Read More

Uncovering the ocean floor of the Great Barrier Reef in greater detail than ever before

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A highly detailed 3D map of the Great Barrier Reef seafloor produced under the Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub is being widely used by the marine science community. Working with the TWQ Hub project for the development of an Integrated … Read More

Project Leaders workshop to emphasise synthesis and engagement with stakeholders

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Now in its fourth year, the Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub is at a critical stage for the synthesis and delivery of its world-class innovative research into practical solutions for catchment-to-reef water quality issues. The leaders of many of the … Read More

eAtlas: All the data at your fingertips

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The eAtlas is an online repository for information on northern Australia’s tropical and marine environments. The eAtlas, which is currently supported by the Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub, hosts over 900GB of data including satellite imagery, mapping and large databases … Read More

Wetlands: Values and opportunities

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A journal article on wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef catchments has shown that the value of these aquatic systems extends far beyond just their role in water quality. The article, published recently in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, … Read More

The human dimension of improving Reef water quality: a baseline of landholder attitudes

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Tropical Water Quality Hub research on the attitudes of farmers and other landholders has been used by the Queensland government to help managers of the Great Barrier Reef track progress toward meeting water quality improvement targets. A project led by … Read More

Investigating Burdekin flood plume on Great Barrier Reef

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After heavy rains in northern Queensland during February, the Burdekin River released a large plume of sediment-laden floodwater out to the midshelf Great Barrier Reef, an event which received major media coverage. In partnership with the Marine Monitoring Program, scientists … Read More

TWQ research used to set global restoration challenge

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A review of coral restoration methods by Tropical Water Quality Hub researchers has helped set the parameters for one of the world’s most high-profile challenges with millions of dollars up for grabs. The ‘Saving Coral Reefs’ Challenge by XPRISE Ocean … Read More

Research Impact: Tackling water quality threats to the Great Barrier Reef

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Catchment runoff carrying loads of nutrients and sediments is a major threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). About 900,000 dump trucks of dirt flows out to the Reef on average each year. Eureka Prize-winning scientists from … Read More

Indigenous groups and cane farmers increasingly confident in NESP research

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The Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ) Hub has helped Jaragun NRM, an Aboriginal small business south of Cairns, demonstrate the effectiveness of their Babinda Swamp Constructed Wetland project. The project has paved the way for collaboration on future projects in … Read More

From exposure to risk: novel experimental approaches to analyze cumulative impacts

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Innovative approaches to analyzing cumulative impact on the health of the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystems by the Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub are providing key underpinning information for Great Barrier Reef managers of the world-famous coral reef. Multiple journal papers … Read More

Research on seagrass light thresholds guides port development

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Research on the levels of light needed to sustain seagrass communities is being applied in infrastructure development in rapidly-growing coastal communities in Australia’s north. Seagrass meadows are a vital yet often overlooked component of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, providing … Read More

Jellyfish ‘early warning system’ to help avoid deadly stingers in FNQ

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Stings from venomous box jellyfish common in tropical waters are highly painful and can be fatal. The ability to predict when higher concentrations of jellyfish – known as ‘smacks’ – appear is an attractive prospect to scientists, surf lifesavers and … Read More

Wetland evaluation helps Indigenous business outcomes

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In 2012, in an effort to combat invasive plant species on wetlands on their Country near Ingham, Mungalla Aboriginal Corporation, owned by the Nywaigi Traditional Owners, removed an earthen bund wall isolating 230 hectares of wetland from saline tidal water. … Read More

Community group building better wetlands with TWQ Hub research

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A constructed wetland project in Far North Queensland is more effectively improving quality of the water heading out to the Great Barrier Reef thanks to its involvement with Tropical Water Quality Hub research. Dr Faye Falco-Mammone from Johnstone Region Landcare … Read More

Evaluating the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef

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Australians help science by identifying what truly makes the Great Barrier Reef ‘beautiful’. Environmental managers of the Great Barrier Reef will benefit from new research led by CSIRO that identifies indicators for monitoring coral reef aesthetics. Conducted by Australia’s national … Read More

Defining seagrass health for reef management

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Major flood events in North Queensland (such as those that recently hit Townsville and other communities) can send massive flood plumes out toward the Great Barrier Reef. These flood plumes can transport huge quantities of sediment and pollutants like pesticides … Read More

Research Plan Version 5 released

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The fifth round of Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub research projects builds on successful world-class research on factors affecting water quality in Australia’s northern marine ecosystems, including the Great Barrier Reef. Research Plan Version 5, focuses on cross-integrating and scaling … Read More

Why we don’t know if Irukandji jellyfish are moving south

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Reports that Irukandji jellyfish might be moving south may be panicking people unnecessarily. It’s almost impossible to tell where the tiny jellyfish are along our coast, but that could change with new technology that can “sweep” the ocean for traces … Read More

It’s jellyfish season in Tropical North Queensland

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It’s jellyfish season in Tropical North Queensland, and being able to forecast sting risk for one of the world’s most venomous creatures is one key part of creating a robust early-warning forecasting system. A NESP TWQ Hub project has identified … Read More

January 2019 e-newsletter

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Hello and Happy New Year from the NESP TWQ Hub! The first “View on TWQ” for 2019 is now online and can be found here.

Which corals survive mass bleaching events?

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A Tropical Water Quality Hub research project led by Dr Line Bay at the Australian Institute for Marine Science is focused on the genetic characteristics of corals that have survived bleaching events. Dr Bay and her team have been collecting … Read More

Pigs shut out of critical Queensland wetlands

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James Cook University researchers are assessing how much conservation value can be gained from a simple fence. Dr Nathan Waltham from JCU’s Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) said 56 hectares of wetlands at Eurimbula National Park … Read More

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 on 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 on 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 on TWQ”.

March 2017 e-newsletter

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Catch up with the latest Hub news in the March edition of “View on 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