Archives for March 2017

Grazing Field Day

Grazing Field Day 45 graziers ventured to the Trimble’s cattle property on the O’Connell River for a day of hands on learning, at the 2017 Grazing Field Day in March. The 114 hectare property is a showcase for what can be achieved through effective management practices. Weed control, especially of sicklepod, itch grass and Giant Rat’s Tail grass, has been a major focus […]

Whitsunday’s Witnessing Avian Invasion

  Reports of an unwelcome avian invader have increased across the Whitsundays over the last six months. Sightings of Indian Mynas (Acridotheres tristis) have been reported in Cannonvale, Bredalbane, Blacks Beach and at other sites around Mackay and the Pioneer Valley. Large flocks of more than 20 birds have also been reported flying over Proserpine. […]

Clean up Australia day – Conway and Wilsons beach

Thanks to Barry Nolan (QPWS), Bren Fuller (WRC), and Cath Campbell (WCL) for their involvement in the event.  The presentations provided an insight into why cats are an issue in Australia and how the community can assist by managing their cats appropriately. The clean up collected a huge amount of waste including over 50 thongs, […]

Millions available for Great Barrier Reef ideas

Expressions of interest are now open for innovators to share their ideas on water treatment system technology and agricultural management. The Office of Great Barrier Reef is offering $2.25 million for trialling water treatment systems, such as wetlands, bioreactors and algae treatment to reduce nutrients and pesticides in agricultural run-off. A further $950,000 will be available […]

Tilapia found in Bowen

Native fish in Mullers Lagoon are vulnerable to the noxious Tilapia species. The pest was identified in the Bowen waterway by our Catchment Solutions water sampling team in December. Tilapia displace and prey on local species and have been observed to spread disease in waterways where they have been previously found. The Whitsunday Regional Council […]

Canefarmers Reef Trust 3

Over 30 farmers in the region have taken up the offer of $6,000 in agronomic support and advice in the Reef Trust 3 programme. One-on-one consultations help farmers develop management plans for nutrients and herbicides, specific to their property. Current participant responses have been positive so far, saying another set of eyes over the input […]

Have your say!

You are invited to have your say on draft environmental values and water quality objectives for the Mackay-Whitsunday region estuarine and surrounding coastal/marine waters under the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy (EPP Water). The Queensland Government has released draft consultation materials (reports, mapping) for Mackay-Whitsunday region estuarine and surrounding coastal/marine waters waters. These, and an online […]

Mackay Sustainable Grazing Forum

The 2017 Grazing Forum attracted over 80 landholders and 30 industry representatives. Many of the speakers were actual graziers, who discussed land management techniques to improve soil health, soil moisture holding capacity, pasture ground cover and ultimately water quality. The event enhanced grazier’s knowledge of how to be more sustainable, both in business and from […]