New Reef funding will help growers shift to above industry standard

MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2016 New Reef funding will assist eligible cane growers to enhance their farming operations to increase profitability, and just as significantly improve water quality and run-off into the Great Barrier Reef. Over the next three years, $4.4 million will be rolled out across the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region allowing more growers […]

Treatment Train improves cane farm runoff and irrigation

Reef Catchments, in collaboration with Catchment Solutions and local cane farmer Shane Cowley have created a ‘Treatment Train’ of wetlands to treat poor water quality runoff from adjacent sugar cane farms reaching the GBR in the Bakers Creek Catchment, Mackay (central QLD). Funding was provided through the Australian Government Reef Programme for system repair.

Water Quality Plan (eBook) Launched

Reef Catchments In partnership with the Australian Government has launched an updated Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) 2014 – 2021 for the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region. Reef Catchments Manager Katrina Dent said, “This is the first update to this important document since 2008. The WQIP aims to ensure water quality is suitable for human […]

Sugarcane farmers the ‘Game Changer’ for our reef

Shared learning to encourage wider adoption of on-farm practice change Farmers are hoping radio transmitters can better protect the Great Barrier Reef whilst reducing their own costs. The transmitters and moisture probes which turn irrigation off at precisely the right moment to reduce runoff, save water and potentially boost crop yield, are to be trialled […]

Young ‘turtles’ take to the beach to find out more about conservation

It’s not often you get the chance to put on a shell and take to the beach in the name of conservation.

Students of the sea

It’s not your everyday classroom, but the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands have offered 35 local Mackay students a truly memorable marine lesson.

Channel erosion work underway on the O’Connell

Work by Reef Catchments on land adjoining the O’Connell River aims to make a significant difference to water leaving the property which will reduce pollutant and runoff levels both in the waterway and to the reef.

NORTH QUEENSLAND – Responding to Climate Change

Find out more about the potential impact of climate change in North Queensland and how we could adapt moving forward.

Countdown to release of Mackay-Whitsunday waterway health report card

The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership was launched in October 2014 as a collaboration between 28 partners from across the community, including Traditional Owners, farmers and fishers, industry, science, tourism and government.  The Partnership is founded on a shared vision for the region’s rivers and reefs – to ensure they are healthy and contribute […]

Sugar innovators gather in Townsville for Project Catalyst Growers Forum

Sugar farmers are showcasing serious action state-wide to reduce the impact of agriculture the Great Barrier Reef. More than 170 sugar growers and industry representatives gathered at Jupiters Townsville for the annual Project Catalyst Growers forum to discuss and drive innovation.