Could Syntropic Farming work for you?

Does the thought of a ‘food forest’ appeal to you? Syntropic Farming mimics a forest’s interdependent plant relationships – methods can be applied in food production.

Oaky Creek Disaster Recovery Project

Oaky Creek was a torrent of water as flooding associated with Tropical Cyclone Debbie ripped down the channel and spilled over the banks. Multiple landslides at the top of the catchment added gravel loads into the creek which were then spread across adjacent cane land.  At some sites the creek moved more than 10 meters, […]

Tour of eco-friendly farm

Join us for the Freckle Farm tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 25 where you can see, first hand, how local farmers produce eco-friendly, chemical free, and hormone free produce. The tour will include a drone demonstration and lunch is free, but bring your own chair. Landholders, Rob Bauman and Deb McLucas […]

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.

Conservation dog sniffs out a pest!

It’s not everyday you employ an English Springer Spaniel to tackle the big jobs. But that’s just what Reef Catchments has done, in a win-win for the environment and local landholders. Rocky, a specially trained conservation detector dog, has assisted Reef Catchments, Queensland National Parks, and local property owners (Mackay region) to locate fox dens […]

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 […]

Increasing community and industry awareness

The newest sustainable agriculture team member at Reef Catchments, Juliane Kasiske, has set her focus on increasing community and industry awareness, and on encouraging the adaptation of best practice in land management and natural resource management. Juliane is happy to be a point of contact for anyone with a direct interest in sustainable agriculture. She […]

Connecting biodiversity and tourism for the future

Since 2013 Reef Catchments staff have been working closely with Mackay Regional Council to rehabilitate Lagoons Creek at the Mackay Region Botanic Gardens. Stage two will see the site at Glenella Connection and Lansdowne roads developed to create a naturalised waterway with two adjacent wetlands, connecting stage one to the existing Botanic Gardens lagoon. Why […]

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 […]