Archives for June 2012

Moving forward in 2012/13 | Update from the Reef Catchments CEO

Reef Catchments is planning for the future. Here is overview of key actions to take place in 2012/13: Corporate Services Program Development and implementation of a new project and accounts management system which allows for more detailed recording and reporting of operational outputs and financial performance. The development of new Reef Catchments Strategic Plan 2013 […]

Rainfall simulation tests runoff in coastal grazing

Infiltration and runoff rates in coastal grazing land were tested through a rainfall simulation arranged by the Reef Catchments Paddock to Reef program in Proserpine this past April. This is the first trial to examine infiltration and runoff on the Mackay Whitsunday coastal grazing land. The trial was designed by Michael Boyd and Belinda Billing […]

Funding available for environmental projects

Rejuvenate wetlands, protect marine wildlife and improve habitat connectivity in Mackay, the Whitsundays and Isaac with help from the Reef Catchments Public Fund. Community groups, schools, not-for-profit organisations and sole proprietors interested in caring for our local environment are invited to apply for the Reef Catchments Public Fund. Round 2 of the 2011/12 Public Fund […]

Draft Environmental Values for Mackay-Whitsunday region waters

The Queensland Government has established draft environmental values and water quality objectives for the waters of the Mackay-Whitsunday region under the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009. These are derived from information in the Mackay–Whitsunday Region Water Quality Improvement Plan (Reef Catchments; 2008), available local water quality data, Great Barrier Reef water quality guidelines, and the […]

Recapping the Healthy Waterways Symposium and Awards

More than one hundred and fifty delegates attended the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Healthy Waterways Symposium and Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards three-day program at CQUniversity. Delegates represented state and local government, industry groups, research institutions, environmental consultants, community and non-profit natural resource management organisations from the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville. Seventeen presenters […]

Winners of inaugural Healthy Waterways Awards announced

The Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards winners for the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region were announced last week at the Healthy Waterways Symposium. The Awards celebrated the positive difference we can all make to keep our rivers and streams healthy. The Community Award sponsored by Canegrowers Mackay was a hotly contested category with a finalist pool that […]

First coasts volunteer day for winter

Saturday 16 June marked the first Coastal Community Activities volunteer day for the winter months. Volunteers at Shoal Point and Bucasia removed weeds and planted nearly one hundred native seedlings in the Bucasia dunes. “It was great to meet local residents and provide them with an opportunity to help care for our local beaches” said […]

Project Catalyst nominated for Queensland Premiers Sustainability Awards

In early June 2012, Project Catalyst was lucky enough to be recognised in 3 different categories for the Queensland Premiers Sustainability Awards. These categories were Partnerships, Leadership and Rural and all had a focus on how projects used these themes to promote or implement actions with regards to environmental sustainability. These 3 categories fit in […]

Seeds, Weeds, Soils and Feeds Workshop well received

The first Seeds, Weeds, Soils and Feeds Reef Rescue Grazing Forum hosted by Reef Catchments in Mackay was hailed as a great success by all who attended. Feedback from participants indicated that all topics were important,  the quality of speakers was excellent and the MECC was an ideal venue. More than 120 people attended the […]

Finalists announced for regional waterways awards

After receiving entries from across the region from business, local government, community groups and schools, the Healthy Waterways Alliance has announced the finalists for their inaugural Awards. The Awards are celebrating the positive difference we can all make to keep our rivers and streams healthy. We often hear of the impacts of floods, development and […]