Community responds in a big way! Operation Target Tilapia

Native vs. pest fish – Operation Target Tilapia at Mackay Gooseponds The ‘cane toad’ of Queensland’s waters was the target for eager young anglers at a recent family fishing event designed to raise awareness of what’s happening in our waterways. Community response to Operation Target Tilapia was overwhelming with 300 people of all ages flocking […]

31,000 fish all in a day’s work

Tens of thousands of fish have been recorded flowing through constructed fishways in Mackay.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Young ‘turtles’ take to the beach to find out more about conservation

It’s not often you get the chance to put on a shell and take to the beach in the name of conservation.