Archives for December 2012

Free soil health workshops in January

Land managers will have the opportunity to participate in workshops to improve soil health this January under the guidance of soils expert Professor Ross Coventry from JCU. Reef Catchments will partner with Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association, Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group, and Whitsunday Catchment Landcare to offer two full-day soil health workshops with Professor Coventry. The workshops will […]

Reef Rescue grazing update

The Reef Rescue Grazing team has worked tirelessly to make the final year of Reef Rescue Grazing the best yet. Graziers from Clare View to Bowen have been keen to take advantage of the available funding for on-farm projects to help improve water quality leaving the farm. In 2012 alone 91 graziers joined the program, […]

Reef Rescue counts big wins

We are now in the final 6 months of Reef Rescue and it’s a good time to reflect on the great outcomes and look ahead to the potential opportunities to continue the great work into the future. For more than four years regional NRM organisations* have worked closely with agricultural producers and industry bodies to […]

Monitoring the breeding patterns of low-flow spawning fish in Cattle Creek

Reef Catchments’ Land and Water Coordinator for Healthy Waterways, Melanie McSwiney, is undertaking an Honours research project through CQUniversity that is investigating species composition and abundance patterns of low-flow spawning fish larvae in upper Cattle Creek. Why do this Research? The research will collect accurate data that may be used to enhance water quality management […]

Keeping Watch on the Engineered Log Jam Demonstration Reach

The engineered log jams recently constructed on the O’Connell River to stabilise a 200m stretch of failing streambank will be closely monitored over the coming wet season to watch the way the structures change the behaviour of water in the river. Reef Catchments has installed time-lapse cameras at the site, which will provide a complete […]

Capping off a year of Coastal Community Activities

The final Coastal Community Activities of 2012 were held on Saturday 1 December at Bucasia and Haliday Bay.  Over 30 dedicated volunteers celebrated the first day of summer at the event, coordinated by Reef Catchments and Mackay Regional Council. Volunteers planted over 600 trees to improve the condition of coastal dunes at Bucasia Beach and […]

2012 year in review

As another busy year draws to a close, it’s timely to look back on all that we’ve achieved, both as an organisation and as a community. Here we review our achievements during each month of 2012, from hosting the Island Symposium in Canberra in January to the final 2012 meeting of the Healthy Waterways Panel […]