The Mackay Whitsunday Isaac coastal zone is characterised by a diverse range of natural features including sandy beaches, rocky headlands, extensive intertidal flats, and substantial areas of coastal wetlands. These areas are under increasing threat from development, climate change, population growth and recreational use.
The coasts and communities program was initiated to set a vision for the future of the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac coast and engage local communities in coastal management activities. The project provides a strategic and coordinated approach to managing our coast; developing local management plans to enable all organisations, community groups, and local residents to work together to achieve the best outcome for our coastal environments.
The summary highlights some significant outcomes for our region’s vulnerable coastal areas.
“In 2015, we had 668 volunteers attend coastal activities – a terrific outcome,” Ms Berryman said.
Coastal projects involving volunteers, Council and Reef Catchments staff and contractors have helped manage more than 900 hectares of coastal environment.
“This includes removal of invasive weeds and more than 6,900 native seedlings planted to improve the condition of the coastal environment, stabilise dune systems and provide important habitat for our native animals like marine turtles and shorebirds,” Ms Berryman said.
She said it was significant 2015 also saw an increase in the number of young people wanting to get hands-on.
“In 2015, we had more than 150 high school students engaged in coastal conservation works.”
Ms Berryman said she would encourage anyone with a love of their beach to find out how they could contribute.
Read all about the Mackay coasts and communities program
The Coasts and Communities project is delivered in partnership with Isaac, Mackay and Whitsunday regional councils and Reef Catchments supported by local government funding and the Australian Government’s National Landcare program.
Coastal Management Beach Plans
Local beach management plans are developed in consultation with coastal communities for public coastal land under Council jurisdiction. The beach plans include large scale geographic representation of environmental, cultural and social values and issues, and subsequently recommend and prioritise on-ground activities to ensure the long-term sustainability of the coastal zone. View the beach plans
On-ground activities are implemented on a priority based system and are currently being undertaken to reduce identified threats. All on-ground activities are focused on enhancing the condition and extent of coastal vegetation, and are being implemented through Council staff, land managers, contractors, community organisations and volunteers. Activities include weed control, revegetation, maintenance activities and rubbish removal.
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