Kuranda Region Voluntary Conservation Agreement Program

Info Session – 19 July 2018 @ Kuranda Amphitheatre Understage

Thank you to all contributors of material for this information video.

*The speaker index and direct links to the beginning of each talk are below the video (see START links).


Cathy Retter, Kuranda Envirocare, opens community session, overview, feedback forms, refreshments


Willie Brim, Buluwai Cultural Custodian | Traditional Owner | Buluwai Indigenous Corporation


> Welcome to Country.

START: https://youtu.be/_ohacYRHDTc?t=52s

Jax Bergersen, Kuranda Conservation


> Keynote

START: https://youtu.be/_ohacYRHDTc?t=4m58s

Keith Smith – Nature Refuge Officer, Department of Environment and Science

> Nature Refuge covenants in Queensland

> Australian Wildlife Conservancy – www.australianwildlife.org

> Queensland Trust for Nature – http://qtfn.org.au

START: https://youtu.be/_ohacYRHDTc?t=11m57s

Lisa Gale – Senior Natural Resource Management Officer, Department Natural Resources, Mining and Energy

> Vegetation Management Act 1999

> Voluntary Declaration (VDec)

> Category A by agreement

> VDec vs Category A by agreement


START: https://youtu.be/_ohacYRHDTc?t=20m9s

Inga Kamps – Natural Resource Management Officer, Department Natural Resources, Mining and Energy

> Recent Changes to Framework

> High value regrowth – 15 years (down from 29)

> Remnant 50% canopy cover, 70% height

> Early Detection System


START: https://youtu.be/_ohacYRHDTc?t=41m20s

Scott Buchanan – CEO, Wet Tropics Management Authority

> Wet Tropics World Heritage Area 900,000 hectares

> National Park protection

> 30 year anniversary of World Heritage listing www.wettropics.gov.au

> World Heritage is community responsibility. www.daintreeblockade.com.au

> WTWHA Neighbours provide a buffer for the National Parks and refuge areas – reducing ‘edge effects’

> Black Mountain Corridor from Lamb Range to Mount Carbine

> Kuranda Tree Frog

– Evolution & Ecology of the Kuranda Treefrog : Dr Conrad Hoskin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCSGugGYk9E

– Evolution & Ecology of the Kuranda Treefrog – Question Time: Dr Conrad Hoskin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV4preamN2U

– Kuranda Tree Frog Action Plan – interview with JCU Dr Conrad Hoskin, ABC Far North, Feb 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkBW1E_BcrY

> There is a need to look at strengthening covenants

START: https://youtu.be/_ohacYRHDTc?t=46m45s


Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance regarding Rainforest Trust application for 626ha Myola Valley http://kurandaregion.org/content/uploads/2017/11/Rainforest-Trust-Laurance-Kuranda-letter.pdf

STOP KUR-World Fundraiser July 2017 welcomes Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9aruVklZJA

Queensland Council Research Map https://www.mindomo.com/mindmap/e5896f3d2910421a93f370617af29eea

START: https://youtu.be/_ohacYRHDTc?t=58m8s

Kuranda Region
Ecological Corridor
on Freehold land
(green and pink
are protected areas)