Get-together for Landholders on May 8

Soil science can be fun and interesting! Come along to the Innovative Grazing Network, Neighbours Unite, on 8 May for a get-together of extension staff, community groups, and landholders from neighbouring NRM regions.
The day includes a hands-on soil assessment and drone demonstration.

Learn about those weeds!

Having trouble with weeds? Land managers can learn all about pest and weed management methodology at a free event at Homebush on 26 April. The workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will enable you to identify weeds and to learn about managing soil to turn weeds on and off. What does Queensland […]

Grassroots for Graziers – EOI

Graziers within the Fitzroy and Mackay Whitsundays regions are invited to express their interest in the Grassroots Project. Graziers who are accepted to take part in the project will be provided with funding and support to develop farm management capacity, to grow property production, and to improve the condition of the land. Places are strictly […]

2017 Coastcare photography competition results

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2017 Coastcare photography competition. The winner of the senior section is Joley Whiting with highly commended being awarded to Jennifer Bailey and Shannon Smith. The junior winners is Lily Buttigieg with highly commended going to John Buttigieg and Leila Dykyj.

Water quality objectives

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 […]

Please help with cat survey

Cat survey to help save our native wildlife Cyclone Debbie has caused major damage to the Whitsunday environment and our native animals and birds are struggling to find new homes and sources of food. The last thing they need is to be played with, or eaten by, our pets, especially our cats. It required by […]

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 […]