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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

August 2, 2015 – Airlie Beach

It’s not often you get the chance to put on a shell and take to the beach in the name of conservation. Over 200 eager young learners of all ages came together recently at the Reef Festival Telstra Family Fun Day in Airlie Beach to find out more about how we can look after our reef and marine animals. Children […]

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 […]