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New benchmark partnership to examine Mackay-Whitsunday waterway health

A new benchmark partnership has been established to help safeguard and monitor the health of the Mackay-Whitsunday coast, waterways and marine environment.

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Marine Classroom brings aquatic environment alive for students

A marine adventure on the high seas isn’t your average school day. But for 63 high school students from the Mackay region, time spent on the water has been an educational highlight this year as part of the Mackay Marine Classroom 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.