Archives for February 2015

Mackay Sugar and Reef Catchments restore wetland at Racecourse Mill

Mackay Sugar and Reef Catchments have joined forces to help restore a heavily degraded wetland on Horse and Jockey Road, near Mackay Sugar’s Racecourse Mill. The project is supported by the Australian Government Reef Programme.

Eco Barge program to clean the streets of Airlie

Thanks to Reef Catchments and Eco Barge, land-based litter on the streets, creeks and foreshore areas of Airlie Beach will once again be targeted through the Clean Streets and Creeks Program.

Funding Announcement: New program to improve land management and condition

Reef Catchments has a new funding opportunity for property owners. The grants aim to assist property owners to increase productivity, make property management easier and at the same time improve the condition and health of the land. Supported through the Australian Government, incentives are available to help property owners implement a range of management activities […]

Feral Pig control delivers results in Rocky Dam Creek and Carmila catchments

Landholders in the Rocky Dam Creek and Carmila Catchments are pleased with the results of an aerial pig control program undertaken in December last year.  Just over 160 feral pigs were controlled during approximately 9.5 hours of flying. The latest aerial control event complements previous events which have been undertaken annually over the past 8 […]

Reef Catchments and Whitsunday Regional Council join forces to reduce pollution flow to reef

Through the Australian Governments Reef Programme, Whitsunday Regional Council in partnership with Reef Catchments have installed three gross pollutant traps within the Cannonvale Botanic Gardens precinct to reduce the gross pollutant load entering Pioneer Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be involved […]

Launch of new Natural Resource Management Plan for Mackay Whitsunday Isaac

This February saw the launch of a new plan to help set the bar for local natural resource management. Reef Catchments joined a wide range of stakeholders at the MECC to formally launch the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac (MWI) Natural Resource Management Plan 2014-2024. The launch included the formal sign-on of NRM Plan signatories by […]

New Mackay Whitsunday waterway report card set to check the health of our rivers and reef

A new report card, due for release in October 2015, will highlight the health of waterways in the Mackay­ Whitsunday region – and in particular identify local impacts on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Developed by the Mackay­ Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (“The Partnership”), the report card will help the local community to […]

New Climate Change projections for our region

The CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology have released new climate projections for Australia as a part of the national NRM Planning for Climate Change program funded by the Australian Government. At a national scale average annual temperatures are likely to be 1.3o C warmer by 2030 than the 1995 baseline period. Future projections about the […]

Seasonal Forecasting workshops a success

Seasonal Forecasting workshops were held last month in Walkerston and Proserpine for interested growers, land managers and extension providers to better understand the climate drivers that impact on our weather. The workshops also provided information on tools to use for medium-term forecasts to help improve decision-making on farm. The workshops were an integrated effort by […]

Hardwood farm forestry trial established at Bloomsbury

A small trial is being established at Max McFarlanes property at Bloomsbury on the O’Connell River as part of Reef Catchments Sustainable Agriculture program. The trial site is too stoney for growing cane but will provide information on alternative crops (in particular fence posts and poles) that can be grown in those small areas on […]