From forum to farm – our graziers put learning into practice

From genetic data, to growing phases of grass – local graziers are already actioning what they’ve learnt form the annual Mackay Innovative Grazing Forum in March, attended by 120 people. Read more about the hot topics and what’s reaching the farm, here.  

Project Catalyst Video 2018 Forum

This video features numerous interviews with growers who discuss questions such as new innovation including drones, succession plans, and the importance of technology.

Tour of eco-friendly farm

Join us for the Freckle Farm tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 25 where you can see, first hand, how local farmers produce eco-friendly, chemical free, and hormone free produce. The tour will include a drone demonstration and lunch is free, but bring your own chair. Landholders, Rob Bauman and Deb McLucas […]

Community responds in a big way! Operation Target Tilapia

Native vs. pest fish – Operation Target Tilapia at Mackay Gooseponds The ‘cane toad’ of Queensland’s waters was the target for eager young anglers at a recent family fishing event designed to raise awareness of what’s happening in our waterways. Community response to Operation Target Tilapia was overwhelming with 300 people of all ages flocking […]

31,000 fish all in a day’s work

Tens of thousands of fish have been recorded flowing through constructed fishways in Mackay.

Conservation dog sniffs out a pest!

It’s not everyday you employ an English Springer Spaniel to tackle the big jobs. But that’s just what Reef Catchments has done, in a win-win for the environment and local landholders. Rocky, a specially trained conservation detector dog, has assisted Reef Catchments, Queensland National Parks, and local property owners (Mackay region) to locate fox dens […]

Get-together for Landholders on May 8

Soil science can be fun and interesting! Come along to the Innovative Grazing Network, Neighbours Unite, on 8 May for a get-together of extension staff, community groups, and landholders from neighbouring NRM regions.
The day includes a hands-on soil assessment and drone demonstration.

Learn about those weeds!

Having trouble with weeds? Land managers can learn all about pest and weed management methodology at a free event at Homebush on 26 April. The workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will enable you to identify weeds and to learn about managing soil to turn weeds on and off. What does Queensland […]

Reef Catchments targets rural-to-urban change

Reef Catchments has received funding to deliver an exciting new project, working with farmers and contractors to improve water quality in the Janes Creek Catchment, and on into Mackay’s urban area.

Value of trees on your property

Native forests tend to withstand local conditions (including cyclones) better than plantations in Reef Catchments sustainable forestry trials.