Reef Programme: Year one

The Plane Creek and Mackay Productivity Boards, CANEGROWERS and Farmacist collectively worked with 239 sugarcane farmers across the Mackay Whitsunday region in the inaugural year of Reef Programme. Reef Programme is the successor to the Australian Government’s very successful Reef Rescue program. Like Reef Rescue the program, facilitated by Reef Catchments, is designed to improve […]

Reef Report Card shows Mackay Whitsunday farmers help set the bar for improved reef health – but more focus needed on non-rural action

Farmers in Mackay and the Whitsundays have been flagged as leaders in the bid to improve water quality and the health of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef Report Card 2012 and 2013 was released yesterday by Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt MP and Queensland Minister for the Environment and Heritage […]

Systems Repair projects a priority in Mackay and Whitsundays

From bank stabilisation and riparian revegetation, to sediment detention basins and wetland restoration  – Reef Catchments has been working with landholders in the Mackay and Whitsunday region to deliver a diverse range of Systems Repair projects, funded through the Australian Government Reef Programme. Reef Catchments Healthy Waterways project officer, Chris Dench, said the response from […]

Sustainable farming and fishing come together at Ag Trade Life

Mackay and Whitsunday farmers’ love of the land can only be matched by one thing… fishing. The two were combined by Reef Catchments at this year’s CANEGROWERS Ag Trade Life event. Reef Catchments partnered with local business Tackle World Mackay to offer a tempting fishing prize pack valued at over $600 to one lucky landholder. […]

Project Catalyst attracts leading ag and innovation experts to Mackay and Whitsundays

Global experts in sustainable agriculture and innovation are set to arrive in Mackay and the Whitsundays this February to take part in the Project Catalyst Grower Forum 2014, one of the region’s most significant agricultural events.  The three day forum will bring together more than 120 delegates who are passionate about cutting-edge concepts for more […]

New look Australian Government Reef Water Quality grants program for Mackay Whitsunday

Throughout 2014, Reef Catchments will be working with industry partners to deliver a new look Australian Government Reef Water Quality Grants program (formerly Reef Rescue) to the Mackay Whitsunday region. The Water Quality Grants program provides funding and assistance to land holders to improve farming practice for better water quality outcomes and is part of […]

Launch of Reef Rescue – the next step

There was plenty to celebrate at the official launch of the next phase of Reef Rescue this October. The popular program is once again set to provide Mackay and Whitsunday landholders with access to much-needed funds and expertise. Reef Rescue funding provided by the Australian Government totals $200 million over the next five years. In […]

How much does a Reef Rescue application cost a cane farmer?

Reef Catchments recently commissioned CSIRO to undertake research into the total cost to sugarcane farmers of implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) through Reef Rescue. The research report, entitled Private Transaction Costs of Best Management Practices (BMP) through Reef Rescue was published this June. The research was supported by Paddock to Reef and Reef Rescue staff […]

Reef Rescue helps more than the reef

Each year thousands of native animals are caught in barbed wire fences around Australia, leading to permanent injury or death. Animals like birds, bats, sugar gliders and wallabies easily get snagged on the top row of barbed wire fences as they fly or jump their way from one paddock to the next. Through the Reef […]

Reef Rescue grazing update

The Reef Rescue Grazing team has worked tirelessly to make the final year of Reef Rescue Grazing the best yet. Graziers from Clare View to Bowen have been keen to take advantage of the available funding for on-farm projects to help improve water quality leaving the farm. In 2012 alone 91 graziers joined the program, […]