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8th October 2015   Members of Jrcma and many other Conservation Groups in the Innisfail region were saddened to learn of the passing of John Cyril Ridd. John was a stalwart of many conservation groups including Johnstone Ecolocial Society.  Our thoughts are with Elaine and family at this sad time.



Wayne Thomas from Canegrowers, James Gott & Sam Pagano at the Bauxite information evening






19th August 2016

Jrcma were fortunate to have Dr Robert Coenradds, a Geo Scientist with Queensland Bauxite Ltd),deliver information on and the current status of the proposed Bauxite mining operation in the region.A crowd of 130 people comprised of industry representatives, canefarmers, banana growers, cattlemen and general landholders gathered at the Conservatorium in Innisfail to hear first hand about the bauxite project.

Sam Pagano, Chairman of Johnstone River Catchment Management Assoc Inc¬† said: ‚ÄúJrcma were pleased to host the free information session as a conduit for the people in the area to receive the information and be informed on the project and I was not surprised at the large attendance at the session.¬† The committee of Jrcma were keen also to hear the information and in particular from an environmental perspective, the possible repercussions of any alluvial mining on the water quality in the Johnstone River Catchment.¬† I would also like to thank Solicitor, Mr James Tott¬† for coming along¬† as an advisor on the legal implications of the Mineral Resources Act‚ÄĚ.

Resized photo Prof P Ridd for web page

14th April 2015: Jrcma were delighted to have¬†Professor Peter Ridd¬† recently deliver a Public Lecture at the Conservatorium Innisfail.¬† The lecture was titled:¬† “Is the great Barrier Reef as damaged and threatened as scientists claim’? Jrcma were pleasantly surprised with the roll up of over 90 people to hear Professor Peter Ridd deliver a most interesting lecture.¬† Questions were accepted from the floor and answers given to a most appreciative crowd.


7th December 2014: We at Jrcma are saddened to learn of the passing of our Vice President Russell Robert FRY (aka ‘Big Russ’.).¬† It was only this year that Russell was awarded the Qld Landcare Award for Landcarer of the Year and Jrcma were delighted with this award going to Russell.¬† Our condolences go out to Russell’s wife Priscilla and the extended family. ¬†Russell late of Lake Eacham, passed away peacefully at home on the 7th of December 2014. Aged 69 years. Much loved husband of Priscilla. Much loved father of Steven, Brett and Karen. Loved father-in-law and grandad of their families. Brother of John, Heather(dec), Malcolm(dec) and Hazel(dec). A valued friend to many. Relatives and friends of Russell are respectfully invited to attend his funeral which is appointed to move from Mountain View Chapel, Tablelands Crematorium, 3 Nasser Rd, Atherton, FRIDAY 12th December, 2014 after a service commencing at 10:30am for interment in the Malanda cemetery. Donations to the Yungaburra Lions Medical and Mobility Equipment in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. ¬† ********************************************************************************************** ¬† CONGRATULATIONS go out to¬†our Jrcma Vice Chairman RUSSELL FRY Award‚Äô on being judged the winner of the 2014 Queensland Landcare ‚ÄėIndividual Landcare Award’.¬† ¬†Forty nine nominations were received across the nine categories and the judges spoke of the high standard of the nominations. Russell is¬† indeed a most worthy recipient of the Award and his¬† tireless contribution over many decades to local Landcare groups and the Johnstone River Catchment Management Association has not gone unnoticed. Congratulations once more to Russell¬†¬†and may you revel in the Award and continue your good work into the future. All the best from the Jrcma team.Photo Russel Fry Sept 13 comp