Horticulture Growers Explore Niche Markets

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 […]

Digging Deeper Healthy Soils Symposium 2017

The annual HEALTHY SOILS SYMPOSIUM is a day focused on recognition of soil as a living medium. Our expert presenters will discuss how to maintain and enhance microbial activity in your soils to ensure productive yields on a long-term basis. With a mix of national expertise and local experience, this is a free workshop you don’t want to miss. […]

Reef Trust IV – erosion reduction support available

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 […]

Connecting Foodies and Farmers with the Greater Whitsunday Food Network Bus Tour

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 […]

Carbon Neutral Float in Whitsunday Reef Festival Parade

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 […]

Invitation to Participate in the Recent Ecological Change in Australia Project

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

  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 […]