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Peter and Annette Marriott have done a lot in their time together on Cape York Peninsula.

The Marriotts run Ninda Creek, a 9,000 acre cattle property near Lakeland, on southern Cape York.

Annette was born in Cooktown, and Peter moved to the Cape in the early 70's to manage Crocodile Station. 45 years later, he hasn’t quite made the fortune he dreamed of back then, but Peter and Annette still love living and working on the Cape.

Stories from the people who live, breathe and work Cape York Peninsula, managing the land and our future.

First episode available Friday 10 February 2017.

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Cape York NRM delivered Sustainable grazing management and on-ground works: maintaining Cape York’s resource base for sustainable management and use – reducing pests and weeds, improving water quality
in 2013-2016. The project was funded by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Natural Resource Management Investment Program.

Organisations across Cape York are working together to educate people about the need to deal with their rubbish responsibly when travelling around the Cape. Funded by the Queensland Government and coordinated by Cape York NRM, the campaign targets both locals and tourists and urge them to plan ahead for responsible waste disposal before they even hit the road.   

The project involves the establishment of a native plant nursery at Chuulangun for the purpose of revegetating and stabilising degraded areas on the upper Wenlock River. It is anticipated that revegetation along the river banks will help control soil erosion problems, which are currently causing damage to the downstream fluvial ecosystem. Fencing will be erected at revegetated points along the river to prevent people, stock and feral animals from entering vulnerable erosion areas.

During 2002-2003 meetings were held with Minister Robertson and the CEO of Sunwater, Mr Peter Noonan regarding the issue of the noxious fish 'Tilapia' escaping from Lake Tinaroo and infesting the Mitchell River and other Gulf Rivers. After demonstrating the legal implications Sunwater agreed to give this project their full support and has spent approximately 1.2 million dollars to install mesh screens and associated infrastructure to prevent the escape of Tilapia into the Mitchell River system through the irrigation channels.

Rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) is an invasive weed that is choking out many woodlands and riverside areas throughout northern Queensland. Not only does it create dense thickets, removing pastoral country from production, it is a refuge for feral pigs and removes ground cover promoting erosion along creeks and rivers. Rubber vine is relatively fire sensitive provided the stem base of each plant is heated. Burning in the late dry season will yield high intensity fires that may kill most juvenile plants and 50–70% of adult plants. Fires of this intensity need

Preventing new weeds from establishing and key processes for management.

What it looks like: This largest of marine mammals can grow to 30 m long. It is a mottled blue-grey, and has a very small fin towards the end of its back. It filters food from the water through numerous long grooves on its throat. Difficult to see, Blue Whales spend most of their time below the surface of the water.

Wild Rice is a perennial that grows to approximately 2m, with erect vivid green stems; it dies off in the dry season.

The presence of Wild Rice indicates a healthy environment that has not been invaded by weeds.