Grazing Field Day

Grazing Field Day 45 graziers ventured to the Trimble’s cattle property on the O’Connell River for a day of hands on learning, at the 2017 Grazing Field Day in March. The 114 hectare property is a showcase for what can be achieved through effective management practices. Weed control, especially of sicklepod, itch grass and Giant Rat’s Tail grass, has been a major focus […]

Canefarmers Reef Trust 3

Over 30 farmers in the region have taken up the offer of $6,000 in agronomic support and advice in the Reef Trust 3 programme. One-on-one consultations help farmers develop management plans for nutrients and herbicides, specific to their property. Current participant responses have been positive so far, saying another set of eyes over the input […]

Have your say!

You are invited to have your say on draft environmental values and water quality objectives for the Mackay-Whitsunday region estuarine and surrounding coastal/marine waters under the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy (EPP Water). The Queensland Government has released draft consultation materials (reports, mapping) for Mackay-Whitsunday region estuarine and surrounding coastal/marine waters waters. These, and an online […]

Bakers Creek Treatment Train – drone footage

This video shows fantastic drone footage of a large scale treatment train on a sugarcane property. The treatment train approach to improving water quality enables water to pass through multiple chambers to reduce nutrient, sediment and pesticides before exiting to the waterways.

Agritourism a gold concept for Whitsunday coffee plantation

When Trader Pete suggested growing coffee in the Whitsundays more than 15 years ago, he copped a few laughs. REEF CATCHMENTS HORTICULTURE FIELD DAY |

Practical applications a hit

Graziers from across the Mackay and Isaac regions, and industry and research representatives were on hand at Koumala for the grazing field day run by Reef Catchments. Attendees were very appreciative of the fact that the practical applications discussed at the meeting would greatly help them with their own operations, said Mandy Jeppesen, Reef Catchments […]

Food for further thought following the dung beetle day

A dung beetle breeding trial is being considered, with involvement from Reef Catchments, Dung Beetle Solutions Australia, Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Authority, and Sarina Rural Skills Centre following a Dung Beetle Day event. Jacob Betros, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Reef Catchments, said local graziers had heard of the many benefits of dung beetles from speaker, Dr […]

New Reef funding will help growers shift to above industry standard

MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2016 New Reef funding will assist eligible cane growers to enhance their farming operations to increase profitability, and just as significantly improve water quality and run-off into the Great Barrier Reef. Over the next three years, $4.4 million will be rolled out across the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region allowing more growers […]

A fishway in photos: Mackay Gooseponds Fishway Repair

Fishways are essential in improving connectivity and building a more sustainable and healthy native fish population. Fish migration is essential, particularly for important diadromous (migratory) species such as; barramundi, mangrove jack, giant herring, tarpon, jungle perch and Australian bass. All these fish species breed in estuarine or marine environments, before their off-spring migrate into freshwater […]

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 […]