Archives for August 2015

Mackay fish face serious transit challenges

If our waterways were a road system, our local fish would have a lot to complain about. A newly released report has found fish in the Mackay Whitsunday area face up to 4000 potential barriers as they attempt to migrate across our region, leaving no aquatic ‘highway’ to move on.

1000 barra fingerlings ready to make a splash at Reef Catchments Family Fishing Fun Day

With hundreds of baby Barra headed to Mackay, Mackay families have an exciting opportunity to take part in a hands-on day of fishing action and education at the Reef Catchments Family Fishing Fun Day, Saturday 19 September.

Botanic Gardens works improve life for local fish

Environmental rehabilitation works at Lagoons Creek (Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens) are set to help improve life for local native fish and other wildlife species.

Mackay-Whitsunday region set to receive first waterway health report card

Coastal communities have a strong and enduring connection with their waterways. A new report card specific for the Mackay Whitsunday region will highlight the health of waterways and in particular identify local impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.

Forestry Feedback Wanted

The Reef Catchments forestry working group has completed the Native and Plantation ABCD Forestry frameworks and is seeking feedback from interested members of the community and industry.

Young ‘turtles’ take to the beach to find out more about conservation

It’s not often you get the chance to put on a shell and take to the beach in the name of conservation.

Students of the sea

It’s not your everyday classroom, but the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands have offered 35 local Mackay students a truly memorable marine lesson.

Grazing BMP Sessions on offer (Mackay region) September 2015

FOR GRAZIERS, BY GRAZIERS.  Read the full details about the workshops. Best management practices in grazing will be the focus of free workshops, run by producers for producers, at Proserpine and Walkerston/Mackay in September. The workshops will focus on five modules of an online self-assessment tool, Grazing Best Management Practices, which has been designed to […]

Case study: Tackling declines in sugar productivity through innovation and soil health

As part of an on-going multi-crop trial focused on soil health and addressing declines in sugarcane productivity, Marian cane farmer Simon Mattsson has recently harvested a crop of sunflowers. The crop is ready for harvest 14 weeks after sowing, with returns of $900-1000 tonne (with a yield of 1-2 tonnes/ ha) expected on the horse-feed market.

Channel erosion work underway on the O’Connell

Work by Reef Catchments on land adjoining the O’Connell River aims to make a significant difference to water leaving the property which will reduce pollutant and runoff levels both in the waterway and to the reef.