Archives for January 2013

Mackay says goodbye to pond apple

In 2011 Reef Catchments received funding through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program to eradicate pond apple from the Mackay Whitsunday Region over a period of three years.  The project, which is actively supported by Mackay Regional Council, the Queensland Government, Pioneer Catchment Landcare and the Mackay Regional Pest Management Group, has entered […]

Engineered logjams put to the test

The wet season has commenced in typical tropical-climate style with Healthy Waterways staff keen to see how the engineered logjams constructed on the O’Connell River demonstration reach will protect the stream bank and change the behaviour of the water as levels rise over the coming weeks. Heavy rain hampered the efforts of the team to […]

NRM planning for climate change

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities last month released funding guidelines for NRM groups to assist with planning for climate change impacts and maximising the environmental benefits of carbon farming. Under the program, $24.16 million will be provided to the 56 regional NRM groups around Australia to support climate change planning and […]

Grants for healthier central Queensland catchment

Run-off and pollution levels at the Upper Pioneer Catchment will be significantly reduced thanks to the Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group’s successful bid under the Queensland Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants. Local Member for Mirani Ted Malone announced the group had been awarded almost $63,000 to improve the health of the catchment near Gargett. “The water […]

Community Landcare Grants on offer

The Australian Government has announced it is seeking grant applications for its Community Landcare Grants under the Caring for our Country initiative. Grants of between $5000 and $50,000 are available to help build skills and capability and encourage community participation in the Landcare movement. The funds will also target pests and weeds, encourage community participation […]

A tale of too many pigs

Feral pigs didn’t stand a chance last month with the Rocky Dam Creek Catchment Annual Pig Shoot bringing more than 20 landholders together for an aerial offensive against the damaging pests. The event augmented the extensive trapping and baiting work already done by a regional partnership involving Reef Catchments, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, Whitsunday Regional Council, […]

Reef Rescue helps more than the reef

Each year thousands of native animals are caught in barbed wire fences around Australia, leading to permanent injury or death. Animals like birds, bats, sugar gliders and wallabies easily get snagged on the top row of barbed wire fences as they fly or jump their way from one paddock to the next. Through the Reef […]