Reef Catchments Sustainable Horticulture
Reef Catchments is working with community and industry to promote sustainable horticulture practices in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region.
We have a vibrant and growing fruit and vegetable growing community producing mango, pineapple, avocado, strawberries, seasonal vegetables and manufacturing value-added products with sauces, jams and pickles. Reef Catchments are supporting our farmers to improve their soils and on-farm practices to create better produce and natural environment to support agriculture for the future.
- Facilitation of the Regional Horticulture Working Group
- Working with industry members, horticulture experts and landholders to develop sustainability frameworks for local horticulture practices
- Partnering with industry members, horticulture experts and landholders to run local sustainable horticulture demonstration trials
- Coordinating field trips and information days to promote and extend knowledge on sustainable horticulture management in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region
- Working closely with the Greater Whitsunday Food Network to promote our regional produce.
The Draft ABCD Sustainability Framework for Horticulture has been put together by our Regional Horticulture Working Group. We are currently seeking feedback from interested members of the horticulture industry and the community.
Horticulture Trials and Demonstrations
- Ken and Mary Ede, Longmile Mangoes – Biofertiliser, soil health and microbial analysis
- Dave Hunter, Bananas – Under Canopy Irrigation System
- Don and Pauline Brown, Lychees
- Anthony Bernard, Lychees
- Tibby Dixon, Lychees – Zero Turn Side Mulcher
- Gray Plantations, Macadamias –Soil, Chemical and Irrigation improvements
- Tony Soden, Eggplants – Wet Season Cover Crop
Key Contact – Tegan McBride
Position: Project Officer – Sustainable Agriculture
Phone: (07) 4968 4226
Mobile: 0408 904 036
E-Mail: Tegan McBride