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 […]

Whitsunday Catchment Landcare has a new home

Whitsunday Catchment Landcare Group recently relocated from the Whitsunday Regional Council Office to the Reef Catchments Office at 45 Main Street Proserpine.  “Sharing an office with Reef Catchments makes perfect sense, both our organisations work with landholders, Council and other groups to look after the natural resources of the region,” said Graham Armstrong, Chair of […]

Your region, have your say

New Natural Resource Management Plan 2014-2024 open for Public Review. A draft of the new Natural Resource Management Plan (2014-2024) for Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac is now available for public comment.  The plan provides the community and stakeholders an opportunity to have a final say on how our land, water, coasts and islands should be […]

Turtle season upon us again

Sign up now for the Mackay Turtle Talk and Beach Walk – for details CLICK HERE  It’s an exciting time of year for turtle-lovers in Mackay and the Whitsundays, as female marine turtles make their way up our local beaches to nest. Six of the seven species of sea turtle found throughout the world live […]

Blacks Beach Spit 14 June 2014

Volunteers continued their good work at our Coastcare site at Blacks Beach Spit. Continuing on from where they left off, our Coastcarers removed Guinea Grass further into the patch of beach scrub. With the drier weather, some of the larger clumps were beginning to die off, which is when they become a real fire danger. […]

Ball Bay May 17 2014

Mother of Millions was once again the target for Coastcarers at Ball Bay. Whilst the invasive weed continues to persist at the site, volunteers and staff have noticed the remarkable drop in the occurrence of the weed in the areas that they have been working in, which fuels their motivation to keep up the hard […]

Capturing the vision and vistas of Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac

When 13-year-old Jayden Cali snapped a stunning vista of land and ocean at Cape Hillsborough, he helped show one very good reason why residents in Mackay Whitsunday and Isaac (MWI) value their region. Islands on blue water, framed by native flora caught the eye of the young photographer, who was out on a bushwalk. “It […]