5 things you can commit to this Earth Day April 22

  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 […]

Carbon, the problem and the solution

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.

Message from Rob Cocco, CEO

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.

Catchment loads monitoring

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

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 […]

Whitsunday’s Witnessing Avian Invasion

  Reports of an unwelcome avian invader have increased across the Whitsundays over the last six months. Sightings of Indian Mynas (Acridotheres tristis) have been reported in Cannonvale, Bredalbane, Blacks Beach and at other sites around Mackay and the Pioneer Valley. Large flocks of more than 20 birds have also been reported flying over Proserpine. […]

Millions available for Great Barrier Reef ideas

Expressions of interest are now open for innovators to share their ideas on water treatment system technology and agricultural management. The Office of Great Barrier Reef is offering $2.25 million for trialling water treatment systems, such as wetlands, bioreactors and algae treatment to reduce nutrients and pesticides in agricultural run-off. A further $950,000 will be available […]

Tilapia found in Bowen

Native fish in Mullers Lagoon are vulnerable to the noxious Tilapia species. The pest was identified in the Bowen waterway by our Catchment Solutions water sampling team in December. Tilapia displace and prey on local species and have been observed to spread disease in waterways where they have been previously found. The Whitsunday Regional Council […]

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 […]