Catchment loads monitoring

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Catchments Loads Monitoring Program, monitors the annual loads of pollutants (sediments, pesticides and nutrients) generated from terrestrial runoff in the GBR catchments. The monitoring is undertaken at 26 sites across 14 drainage basins. The data is then used to model annual loads across the 35 drainage basins which is used […]

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 […]

Marine life on your mind

More than 78 lucky senior students from Mackay and the Whitsundays have participated in a marine conservation expedition like no other… Students from St Catherines College, Sarina, Mackay North, Pioneer, Mackay State High Schools took part in an outdoor education adventure through the Marine Classroom Program, spending four days on Brampton Island, exploring the island […]

September 20 2016 – Conway Beach

It’s that time again! School holidays! For some free fun, and prizes and giveaways, head for Conway Beach at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20. Young beach lovers are invited to learn about how our coasts are formed and how they change over time. You can learn how animals adapt and move to survive in […]

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 […]

December, 2015 – Harbour Beach

Do you get excited when you spot a turtle swimming along the Mackay coast?  Volunteer turtle-lovers came together this December at Harbour Beach to help protect our beautiful beaches and marine wildlife, taking part in the final Coastcare activity for 2015. The event allowed participants to learn about the sea turtles nesting on our beaches […]

October 25, 2015 – Town Beach

The GBR clean up on 25 October at Town Beach, Iluka Park resulted in a haul of 145 kg of rubbish which, oddly enough, included a huge number of ear plugs and ear plug wrappers. Irregular finds included two laptops, a camera, and an injured wader bird which was taken to the vet and sent […]

September 13, 2015 – Harbour Beach

Eager Coastcare volunteers spent a beautiful morning protecting our native wildlife by removing over 500kgs of rubbish from Harbour Beach. The majority of rubbish found along the beach was comprised of cigarettes, bottle caps, plastic bottles, food wrappers, straws, zip ties and rope. Many of these items contribute to the injury or death of native […]

September 24, 2015 – Conway Beach

This was the first time a School Holiday Coastcare event had been held at Conway Beach and it won’t be the last. The event was a great success with more than 50 participants (including 37 children) coming down to join in and learn about the importance of coastal conservation and what they can do to […]