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This project is a joint initiative of Reef Catchments and Mackay Sugar, through co-funding from Mackay Sugar and the Australian Government Reef Programme.

Mackay Sugar and Reef Catchments restore wetland at Racecourse Mill

Mackay Sugar and Reef Catchments have joined forces to help restore a heavily degraded wetland on Horse and Jockey Road, near Mackay Sugar’s Racecourse Mill. The project is supported by the Australian Government Reef Programme.

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Eco Barge program set to clean the streets of Airlie

Thanks to Reef Catchments and Eco Barge, land-based litter on the streets, creeks and foreshore areas of Airlie Beach will once again be targeted through the Clean Streets and Creeks Program.

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Reef Catchments aims to assist farmers with the implementation of best management practice, ultimately aimed at reducing water run-off impacting the Great Barrier Reef and improve the long term viability of farms within the region.



Reef Catchments River Restoration Projects and Healthy Waterways Program seek to advance science and standards of practice of river restoration and improving the health of the waterways throughout the region through education and community participation programs.

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Biodiversity is defined as the variety of species, their genetic types and the ecosystems they form when they interact together. The conservation of biodiversity is not a luxury; it is essential to the long-term social and economic well being of society.

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Reef Catchments has developed a range of fire management tools in consultation with Volunteer Rural Fire Brigades, Fire Wardens, fire scientists and key landholders to support their fire management activities.

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Over 2700 exotic plant and 73 exotic animal species have been introduced into Australia, severely impacting agriculture systems, urban areas and the natural environment.