Archives for June 2015

Coastcare program up and running

To help us improve our Coastcare Activities, the Coastal Team is taking suggestions for activities and information sessions you want to see throughout the year. From beach yoga to turtle talks, we are open to suggestions.

Countdown to release of Mackay-Whitsunday waterway health report card

The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership was launched in October 2014 as a collaboration between 28 partners from across the community, including Traditional Owners, farmers and fishers, industry, science, tourism and government.  The Partnership is founded on a shared vision for the region’s rivers and reefs – to ensure they are healthy and contribute […]

Ella swims free after time spent in turtle care

It’s no mean feat moving a 170kg green turtle, but there were smiles all round when ‘Ella Emily Sugar’ was re-released in the Whitsundays recently.

Local sea turtles thank the Mackay Coastal Clean Up volunteers

Mackay Coastal Clean Up volunteers have removed 4.8 tonne of marine debris from 12 beaches in Mackay and Sarina.

Businesses invited to help local students discover our marine backyard

Mackay Whitsunday schools on a waiting list to discover the beauty of their own marine backyard could be left disappointed without local support.

Reef Catchments welcomes new NRM leader to Mackay

Reef Catchments has welcomed a new NRM (natural resource management) leader to its Mackay office. Reef Catchments newly appointed manager, Katrina Dent, brings more than 20 years of planning experience to the team and will focus on growing natural resource management outcomes and programs to enhance and protect the region and lifestyle we love. “The […]

DIY fertiliser a winning concept for Eton cane farmer

According to Kym Kruse, Director of RegenAG®, for farmers, seeing is believing. Demonstrations took place on a North Eton cane farm recently (24 June), with local growers invited to take a look and learn more. For the last 12 months, Eton growers John and Michael Attard have been working with RegenAG® to test a whole […]

Strong interest in soil health from Mackay Whitsunday farmers

Farmers across the region are showing an unsurpassed interest in soil health, with more than 100 local growers gathering for this year’s Soil Health Field Day in Marian (held Tuesday 26 May). Reef Catchments sustainable agriculture officer, Daniel O’Keeffe said a record number of attendees also provided plenty of positive feedback, including on the topics […]

Central Queensland graziers convene in Mackay

Graziers and industry members from across the Queensland Coast gathered in Mackay recently (June 3rd) for the annual Sustainable Grazing Forum 2015.  More than 120 attendees travelled from up to 200km to find out more about the big issues for beef production: from breeding and biosecurity, to soil health and new pasture varieties for the […]

Participatory scenario planning for sustainability in a changing climate

Focus was on change and future sustainability for the MWI NRM region at a recent stakeholder event, which invited participants to be involved in participatory scenario planning for sustainability in a changing climate.