Archives for December 2014

Bonsucro trip brings industry leaders to Philippines

This November the annual Bonsucro AGM and conference week was held in Manila, Philippines, attracting industry leaders and innovators from around the globe, including some of the foremost authorities on sugar, ethanol, farming, milling and refining.

New Program Aims to Improve Land Management and Condition

Reef Catchments has a new funding opportunity for property owners to increase productivity, make property management easier and improve biodiversity.

Hunt for Tilapia continues in Mackay

Efforts to detect and control tilapia outbreaks in Mackay were recently renewed, taking a high-tech twist with the use of environmental DNA (eDNA sampling).

Mackay 2014 coastal achievements released

Coastal works done across the Mackay region in partnership with Mackay Regional Council and the community have been tallied for the year – and the results show an outstanding commitment to our coast.

Systems Repair funding increases irrigation capacity

Systems Repair funding increases irrigation capacity and helps improve water quality entering local waterways. Bakers Creek sugarcane grower, Shane Cowley, has been able to increase the on-farm water supply available for cane farm irrigation by installing a sediment detention basin and second flush chamber directly upstream from his wetland, which flows into Bakers Creek. With […]

Reef Catchments to explore carbon opportunities for land managers

The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s policy suite to reduce emissions. The fund will provide incentives for emissions reduction activities across the Australian economy. The Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 was passed by the Senate on 31 October 2014 and the House of Representatives on 24 November 2014. Legislative […]

New tracking program to shed light on turtle’s journey

Where do our region’s female turtles go? That elusive question is set to be answered by the Mackay and District Turtle Watch Association in partnership with James Cook University. A new project, funded by Mackay Regional Council’s Natural Environment Levy, is seeing adult female Flatback Turtles (Natator depressus) fitted with satellite transmitters to find out […]

Region’s first Turtle Talk and Beach Walk

It’s that time of year again, when marine turtles start making their way up beaches along our coastline to nest. This year, members of the Mackay and Pioneer Valley community had the rare chance to learn more about the incredible journey and nesting cycle of our returning sea turtles, with the region’s first Turtle Talk […]

Farmers action Soil health at Mackay symposium

The spotlight was firmly set on soil health in Mackay this month, with a full-day symposium for farmers at the MECC held Thursday, 4th December. With soil health one of the biggest challenges faced by our region’s growers, the symposium provided insight from leading soil and land management experts. More than 80 cane producers and […]

Grower Case Study: Simon Mattsson, multi-species intercrop trial (Marian)

GROWER CASE STUDY: SIMON MATTSSON, MULTI-SPECIES INTERCROP TRIAL (MARIAN)  Background Simon Mattsson has a sugarcane farm on the north side of the Pioneer River at Marian. Sugarcane farmers in the Mackay region have been experiencing a decline in production over the last 15 years which Simon believes is due in part to declining soil health […]