Archives for April 2016

Grazing forum 2016

More than 110 graziers, keen to adopt Best Management Practice (BMP), attended the Grazing Forum 2016. Industry leaders of innovation, on farm trials, market opportunities, genetics and new pasture varieties presented up-to-date information on the seasonal outlook, biosecurity, and soil erosion. Increased average sale yard prices, combined with rainfall, has forecasters expecting graziers will be […]

Soil is a living organism

There are many ways to improve productivity and yield on farm, however there is a growing movement of producers looking at their soil condition as the place to begin. Central Queensland Soil Health Systems (CQSHS) is a not for profit group of farmers seeking new and improved ways of growing crops and pasture whilst reducing […]

Baby barramundi ascending

Following recent fishway monitoring in the Mackay-Whitsunday region, sampling on Boundary Creek in the Rocky Dam Creek Catchment in Koumala has revealed juvenile barramundi as small as 43 mm were successfully ascending the fishway. Catchment Solutions aquatic ecologist, Matt Moore, remains excited about the construction of purpose built fishways in the Mackay-Whitsunday area. “Most fishways […]

Native fish can’t jump

Reef Catchments and local landholders – working to improve the health of the O’Connell River through the removing barriers and improving in-stream habitat. To many, paradise is living and fishing in and around the Mackay Whitsunday region with many visitors coming to the region each year for the opportunity to catch a Barra or Jungle […]

The future of farming is now

Central and North Queensland’s most forward-thinking land managers celebrated agricultural innovation, sharing knowledge on a cross-regional bus tour April 12-15 beginning on the Atherton Tablelands. Visiting properties across the Wet Tropics, Burdekin Dry Tropics and arriving in Mackay-Whitsunday regions April 14th, the ‘Innovation in Agriculture’ bus tour examined how farmers are trialling methods in mixed […]

Connecting biodiversity and tourism for the future

Since 2013 Reef Catchments staff have been working closely with Mackay Regional Council to rehabilitate Lagoons Creek at the Mackay Region Botanic Gardens. Stage two will see the site at Glenella Connection and Lansdowne roads developed to create a naturalised waterway with two adjacent wetlands, connecting stage one to the existing Botanic Gardens lagoon. Why […]

At one with nature’s systems

Graziers gain holistic insight in Collinsville Thirteen members of Mackay’s Innovative Grazing Network recently made the trip to Tabletop Station, Collinsville to review Holistic Management practices put in place by graziers in the Burdekin region. Attendees heard presentations by Tom and Karen Murphy (Tabletop Station), Barry and Leanne O’Sullivan, and Shane and Amanda Watts, as […]

Photo competition winners for 2016

Competition winners capture the beauty of our Coast With more than 50 entries in the Capture your Coast photography competition, coast lovers across the Mackay and Whitsunday region have truly captured the beauty of our beaches and coastline.   First prize place-getters in both junior and senior categories snapped up a prize package worth over […]