We can grow a wide range of produce here in the sweet spot on the edge of the tropical and sub-tropical growing zones. Farmers and business owners in the Greater Whitsunday Region are taking advantage of this opportunity by sourcing seasonal produce to cater for a niche and local market. 24 growers took a bus tour […]
Support is available for landholders to reduce erosion of riparian areas. Reef Catchments has been awarded funding through the Australian Government Reef Trust IV – Gully and Stream Bank Erosion Control Program to undertake erosion management works within five high priority sub-catchments. These sub-catchments include Andromache River Murray Creek O’Connell River St Helens Creek Upper […]
Farmers, consumers, hospitality and agriculture industry spent the day touring farms in our region on with the Greater Whitsunday Food Network, Farm to Plate Bus Tour on Thursday July 20. Over 100 locals were all aboard buses with special guests celebrity chef Matt Golinski and ABC Landline presenter Pip Courtney. First stop was the Jurgen’s […]
Staff and supporters dressed up as their favourite marine creatures for the annual street parade in Airlie Beach, flying the flag for Reef Catchments to connect with the community through our shared love of the reef. A turtle, shark, Julia’s artists impression of Landcare and Stef’s outfit made entirely of marine debris, entertained the crowds […]
The Department of the Environment and Energy, together with the CSIRO are undertaking an investigation to understand how Australia’s biodiversity has been changing in recent years. As a part of this investigation we are seeking to understand how the 1°C increase in surface temperature experienced over the past century may have contributed to recent changes […]
5 things you can commit to this Earth Day April 22 1 Sign up to volunteer Environmental volunteerism is a way meet new people, learn new skills and to give back to the planet that supports you. Conservation Volunteers Australia, Landcare groups and Turtle Watch are just a few in our region. See a list […]
We are on the cusp of an uncertain but exciting time in agriculture. Farmers are at the coalface when it comes to climate variability and carbon. However successful business strategies identify threats and apply problem solving to drive opportunity. Could carbon be both the problem and a solution? The research is confirming carbon held in soil is the key to fertility and water holding capacity. It also provides a buffer in times of variability of climate change.
Our region has been battered by Cyclone Debbie, leaving a trail of destruction throughout the region and with many homes and properties still without access to power and running water. Our thoughts are with the many people impacted and we hope to see you all back on your feet as soon as possible.
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 […]
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 […]