Archives for March 2014

Project Catalyst 2014 celebrates five years of grower action and ignites discussion for future work

Cane farmers swapped tractor seats for smooth sailing when they set off to Hamilton Island for the Project Catalyst Growers Forum 2014. The annual event attracted more than 150 delegates from Australia and globally, including leading researchers, industry partners, economists and sustainability experts, as well as cane farmers from the Mackay Whitsunday, Burdekin and Wet […]

Grazing Forum 2014 open to industry – register now

  It’s good news for local graziers and industry in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region – the annual Grazing Forum is on again Wednesday 9 April at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC). One of the only agricultural events in the region to focus purely on grazing, the 2014 forum will look at […]

Harry’s good health restored

It has been a good month for Harry the Hawksbill Turtle, who was recently given a clean bill of health and returned to the ocean off the Mackay coast after spending eight months in care at the Reef HQ Aquarium’s turtle hospital in Townsville. Harry was found washed up on Illawong Beach suffering from Floaters […]

Volunteers needed for an island restoration adventure!

Volunteers with a sense of adventure and a passion for ecosystem health are needed to take part in an island expedition from April 27 – May 3rd, 2014. Wild Mob, with support from Reef Catchments, is setting off to target invasive vegetation in critically endangered littoral rainforest, as well as plastics on turtle nesting beaches. […]

Coastal Recovery a top priority this storm season

The coast is a dynamic environment, and the recent king tides and storm surge from Tropical Cyclone Dylan have delivered a timely reminder of the value of stable dunes and healthy coastal vegetation systems. Reef Catchments’ Coastal Systems Project Officer Claire Bartron said erosion and sand blowouts along the Mackay coast as a result of […]

Young adventurers head off on tropical island expedition

A group of high school students from the Mackay area have taken part in a tropical island adventure as part of an environmental education program designed to foster a love of marine science and reconnect the community with the stunning seascapes in their backyard. The Mackay Marine Classroom Program will see nearly 100 local students […]

How will climate affect us? Envisioning possible futures for the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac NRM regions

Is our region equipped to manage an evolving climate moving forward? Not yet, according to recent workshops hosted by Reef Catchments. More than 40 delegates from Mackay, the Whitsundays and Isaac have gathered to discuss regional drivers of climate risk and change as part of regional scenario planning workshops in Mackay and Proserpine – Envisioning […]

Traditional Owner group re-forms in Mackay and the Whitsundays

Traditional Owners from Mackay and the Whitsundays once again have a platform to come together and share ideas on caring for their country and promoting traditional culture. The Traditional Owner Reference Group (TORG) for the Mackay Whitsunday area was re-formed this month and includes representatives of the Yuwi-bara, Gnaro, Gia, and Koinmerburra Traditional Owners of […]

New resource for the battle against weeds

A new book is available to help landholders identify and control weeds.  Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region and its companion booklet Control Options for Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region have been published by The Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (MRPMG). Chairperson for the MRPMG, Ms Christine Peterson said the book was an invaluable […]