River Health bur­saries on of­fer to care for CQ creeks

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AP­PLI­CA­TIONS are now open for the Fitzroy Part­ner­ship for River Health’s 2018 Care for Creeks Bur­sary.

Fitzroy Part­ner­ship for River Health ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nathan John­ston is call­ing on schools and com­mu­nity groups across the Fitzroy Basin to ap­ply now.

“The part­ner­ship pro­duces an­nual re­port cards on the health of Fitzroy Basin wa­ter­ways and our Care for Creeks Bur­sary of­fers up to $1000 of equip­ment and train­ing to help schools and com­mu­nity groups test the health of their lo­cal wa­ter­ways,” Mr John­ston said.

“The bur­sary prize in­cludes a wa­ter­way mon­i­tor­ing kit con­tain­ing a salin­ity meter, tur­bid­ity tube, pH test strips, wa­ter bug and fish sam­pling equip­ment, re­sources and guides.

“Win­ners of the bur­sary will also re­ceive a per­sonal train­ing ses­sion on how to use the equip­ment and con­duct com­mu­nity mon­i­tor­ing of lo­cal wa­ter­ways.”

Data col­lected can then be en­tered into the MyWater com­mu­nity por­tal de­vel­oped by the part­ner­ship.

“By en­ter­ing data into this por­tal, re­sults will be gen­er­ated us­ing a grad­ing-based ap­proach, which al­lows the com­mu­nity to com­pare the grade re­ceived for their lo­cal wa­ter­way to the an­nual re­port card grades for each catch­ment through­out the Fitzroy Basin,” Mr John­ston said.

“The part­ner­ship’s main aim is to pro­vide a more com­plete pic­ture of river health for the Fitzroy Basin and this is an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to be in­volved in re­al­is­ing this goal, par­tic­u­larly our younger gen­er­a­tion.”

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are on­line at river­health.org.au. En­tries close Septem­ber 21.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DATA GATH­ER­ING: Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents from the Cen­tral High­lands Sci­ence Cen­tre at their wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing train­ing day on the No­goa River.

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