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22 May, 2021

Environmental Winners AGAIN

THE Wet Tropics Management Authority has received a second award in a week, recognising its environmental work in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

 Last week the Authority received an international award for its work in restoring rainforest on Mt Hypipamee in the Atherton Tablelands above Cairns.

 This week the Authority is being recognised in a prestigious biennial state award for excellence in pest animal management for the yellow crazy ant eradication program.

 The award will be presented at a BBQ on 21 May following the final day of the annual yellow crazy ant taskforce in partnership with the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils.

 The taskforce has been the biggest survey yet for the Authority, with more than 100 people on the ground.

 The Queensland Pest Animal Team Award, from the Weed Society of Queensland, recognizes the Authority’s ongoing achievements in delivering an outstanding contribution in working to eradicate yellow crazy ants from areas in and adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

 The Authority’s Executive Director Scott Buchanan said: “Our yellow crazy ant eradication program began in 2014 and our dedicated team are passionate about the work they do and are making clear progress towards the eradication of a pest that not only threatens the Outstanding Universal Value of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area but is also a threat to agriculture and lifestyle.”


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