Winter Coastcare well under way

Two months into the Winter Coastcare Calendar and the Coastal team and community volunteers have been working hard undertaking on-ground rehabilitaton actions along our coast. The two events at Ball Bay have seen 300kg of the invasive weed Mother-of-Millions removed from the dunes, and our July event caught the attention of WIN tv, with our […]

NRM Planning for Climate Change

Reef Catchments, along with 52 other Regional NRM organisations across Australia, has received funding from the Federal Government to update their regional NRM Plan in light of climate change. This process will be aligned with the Principles for the NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund http://www.environment.gov.au/cleanenergyfuture/regional-fund/about.html The three principles are: Plans identify priority landscapes for carbon […]

The Magic of Gypsum

Last week 71 farmers attended a series of workshops about soils, which were funded by the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). As well as discussing the future potential of the CFI for local farmers, the workshops provided a foundation for understanding the physical and chemical properties of local soils.  Dr Ross Coventry from Soil […]

Coastcare Autumn Snapshot

The last three months have seen 45 Coastcare volunteers taking to Bucasia Beach, Ball Bay, Eimeo Creek and Blacks Beach Spit to remove invasive weeds, revegetate with native plants and clean up litter from our coastal environment. Volunteers – 112 hours of labour have been donated by our amazing volunteers Invasive weeds – around 650 kg […]

Coasts and Communities eNewsletter launched

This month the coastal team launched the first edition of the Coasts and Communities quarterly eNewsletter.  We all love the coast, it’s where we live, play, work, fish, relax and explore. The Coasts and Communities program is all about maintaining and improving the condition of our coast so that future generations will be able to […]

How much does a Reef Rescue application cost a cane farmer?

Reef Catchments recently commissioned CSIRO to undertake research into the total cost to sugarcane farmers of implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) through Reef Rescue. The research report, entitled Private Transaction Costs of Best Management Practices (BMP) through Reef Rescue was published this June. The research was supported by Paddock to Reef and Reef Rescue staff […]

Reef Catchments introduces the Ecosystem Health Monitoring Database

A new interactive database is bringing together information from across the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region on activities that monitor the health of our region’s ecosystems. The Reef Catchments Citizen Science database aims to incorporate a broad suite of environmental monitoring activities from a range of sources including government agencies, councils, businesses, industry, as well as […]

Reef Catchments welcomes NRM $80m budget boost

Reef Catchments welcomes NRM $80m budget boost Reef Catchments welcomes the announcement of the budget commitment by Queensland Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps to support the work of the state’s regional natural resource management (NRM) groups with a forward funding program of $80 million over the next five years. Reef Catchments, CEO Rob Cocco said […]

Rio Tinto’s day on the O’Connell River at the Log Jam

Many hands made for light work on the O’Connell River on Sunday 19 May when over 30 staff and family members from Rio Tinto and Reef Catchments came along for a morning of tree planting, and to relax with a BBQ lunch on the river-bank. Two hundred native trees were planted on the stream bank […]

More Trees for our Region’s Rivers

During May, Reef Catchments’ Healthy Waterways team continued to work with land managers and contractors on the Gregory and O’Connell Rivers to re-vegetate riparian areas for improved ecosystem health and increased resilience to erosion. Around 90 meters of stream bank on the Gregory River and 60 meters on the O’Connell River were re-vegetated with endemic native […]