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. […]

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 […]

Feral pig control continues in Rocky Dam Creek and Carmila

Landholders in the Rocky Dam Creek and Carmila Catchments have come together as part of an ongoing effort to control feral pigs, with aerial control throughout the catchments scheduled mid December 2014. The December 2013 aerial shoot successfully culled 171 pigs, significantly reducing the impact of this pest across the region. Previous aerial control programs […]

Community ‘Tilapia Watch’ best way to slow the spread

They are an exotic fish that are considered to be one of the worst pest species in Australia and they are on the move. Since January this year, the pest fish Tilapia have been recorded in the Mackay Gooseponds as well as further south at locations in lower Fitzroy near Rockhampton and to the west […]

Feral pigs a high priority for Whitsundays

Caption: Whitsunday Regional Council Technical Officer Pest and Vector Control Bren Fuller (right), and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger (Airlie Beach, Central Region) Steve Moss prepare for aerial pig control as part of a large-scale pest management program in the Whitsundays.  More than 72,000 hectares in the Whitsundays have been targeted for feral pig […]

Japanese Sunflower Control

Introduced as a garden ornamental, Japanese Sunflower now widely naturalised in the Mackay Whitsunday Region.

Mackay says goodbye to pond apple

In 2011 Reef Catchments received funding through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program to eradicate pond apple from the Mackay Whitsunday Region over a period of three years.  The project, which is actively supported by Mackay Regional Council, the Queensland Government, Pioneer Catchment Landcare and the Mackay Regional Pest Management Group, has entered […]

A tale of too many pigs

Feral pigs didn’t stand a chance last month with the Rocky Dam Creek Catchment Annual Pig Shoot bringing more than 20 landholders together for an aerial offensive against the damaging pests. The event augmented the extensive trapping and baiting work already done by a regional partnership involving Reef Catchments, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Whitsunday Regional Council, […]

Annual aerial feral pig shoot scheduled for December

It’s that time of year again. While some are planning Christmas celebrations and others are hard at work on the land finishing up the crush, community groups are planning the fate of many feral pigs. Communities in the Gregory River and Rocky Dam Creek Catchments along with Reef Catchments and Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association […]

Land managers got lowdown on pest management

Whitsunday land managers attended an information session on wild dog and feral pig control last week. Regional Landcare Facilitator, Christine Peterson, said that pest animals such as wild dogs and feral pigs cause an estimated $720m impact annually state-wide. Control is a necessary and often expensive part of most agricultural enterprises. Mr Duncan Swan, Principal […]