Island Rescue Australia
Reef Catchments is part of the Island Rescue Alliance, a growing collation of government and non-government organisations, investors, and individuals, who aim to conserve and restore biological diversity on Australia’s islands.
The mission of Island Rescue Australia is to work together to conserve the unique biodiversity supported by Australia’s islands, and in doing so, to enhance and sustain the social and economic prosperity of island communities.
The islands of the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region are home to some of the worlds most beautiful and critically endangered habitats in Australia including beach scrub and littoral rainforest. The islands also provide habitat or nesting ground for vulnerable animals including the Proserpine wallaby and the green and flatback turtles and the beach stone-curlew.
Islands provide unique opportunities in conservation due to the ability for feral animals and pests to be eradicated completely. Islands have successfully had threatened animals reintroduced and are now seen as safe harbours for conservation into the future.
Our Islands, however, are under threat from development, climate change, invasive weeds, and marine debris, all of which threaten to disrupt the delicate ecosystem balance.
Wildmob and Reef Catchments work in partnership with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate and conserve the islands of the Mackay, Whitsunday, Isaac regions. With a focus on education, Wildmob runs Island Conservation Expeditions which provide volunteers with the opportunity to contribute to a hands-on program focused on island rehabilitation and conservation.
To date, island works have focused on weed treatment and removal of marine debris. Read more about the program and get involved here at Wildmob.
Ecobarge Clean Seas Inc and Reef Catchments work together to target marine debris through reducing land-based litter and physical litter removal on islands of the Whitsundays. To date, Ecobarge has removed an incredible 124,090 kg of marine debris from the Whitsunday Islands since 2009! This program undoubtedly saves countless numbers of marine life each year from cruel injuries and even deaths caused by litter. You can become involved in the program, which is run by volunteers, by contacting Ecobarge Clean Seas Inc.
The region’s photogenic national parks include rainforests, eucalypt forests, beaches, rocky headlands (covered in hoop pines), and volcanic rock formations. Visitors can camp and enjoy a variety of bush walks, or water sports, or just sit back and enjoy the serenity.