Archives for December 2015

Protecting sea turtles awareness day

Coast lovers met Theodore the turtle mascot at Reef Catchments final Coastcare event for 2015.

Grazing Land Management Field Day and Lunch

More than 43 people, representing 30 grazing enterprises from the Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac region attended the Reef Catchments Grazing Land Management Field Day in September (2015). Land management expert and consultant, Bill Thompson, was the guest presenter. He drew on his depth of experience to provide practical advice to the participants. The field component of the […]

New soil health group formed

A new group, Central Queensland Soil Health Systems (CQSHS) has been formed in recognition that soil is much more than just somewhere to stand your crop. The group is open to membership from all sectors of agriculture, farming, and grazing and the wider community. Major issues in Mackay soils are lack of soil carbon and plant […]

Planning for Climate Change

New projections which are regionally specific about potential climate changes for the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac NRM region, have been released by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology as part of the national NRM Planning for Climate Change program funded by the Australian Government. Changes to the ‘average climate’ occur every 10-12,000 years, with cycles […]

A plan comes together at Little McCreadys Creek

Reef Catchments and Mackay Regional Council have teamed up to help improve the condition and health of Little McCreadys Creek, located in the Mackay urban area. The Little McCreadys Creek rehabilitation project received an exciting boost in November (2015) thanks to the addition of 5000 plants from council’s Mackay Natural Environment Centre nursery. The plants […]

Mackay ‘paves the way’ in environmental innovation

Reef Catchments has partnered with Mackay Regional Council to pave the way in environmental innovation, with forty-one (41) litter baskets set to be installed in the pavements and streets of the Mackay City Centre. Located at stormwater drainage points, the litter traps will dramatically reduce levels of rubbish and organic matter entering our waterways and […]

Climate Change Workshop with MWI Traditional Owners

Reef Catchments joined with with CSIRO, BOM and the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub to hold a two day workshop with the Traditional Owners Reference Group (TORG) in December (2015). The workshop was held to form partnerships to share western knowledge about climate change and traditional knowledge about weather […]

Local farmers help Coca-Cola to meet its goal

Project Catalyst growers from Queensland have helped Coco-Cola, one of the world’s largest multinational companies, track towards vital goals to improve water quality and sustainability. This October, Coca-Cola representatives toured the Mackay Whitsunday region and visited local sugarcane farmers as part of an announcement that Coca-Cola Company and its Australian bottling partner, Coca-Cola Amatil, are […]

Launch of first report card for Mackay-Whitsunday Waterway Health

A new pilot report on the health of Mackay-Whitsunday waterways has highlighted data gaps and the need for more action to be taken to secure the long-term health of our basins, estuaries and the Great Barrier Reef. The Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership pilot report card launched in Mackay this October (2015). Still in the […]

Morning of fun for young coastcarers

Coastal conservation, turtle talks, marine debris removal and weed walks kept more than 150 children and their families busy at Bucasia Beach as part of the Coastcare School Holidays Program in September. The highly successful event saw a total of 152 children and 76 adults take part in a morning of educational fun at an […]