Archives for February 2016

Soil Health Field Day in April

Central Queensland Soil Health Systems will present the third annual Soil Health Field Day in April 26-27. If you’re keen to understand mechanisms to improve productivity, profit and sustainability then don’t miss it. Dr Greg Bender will present his unique insight into the beneficial interactions between plants and soil microbes, integrating natural systems with modern […]

Water Quality Plan (eBook) Launched

Reef Catchments In partnership with the Australian Government has launched an updated Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) 2014 – 2021 for the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region. Reef Catchments Manager Katrina Dent said, “This is the first update to this important document since 2008. The WQIP aims to ensure water quality is suitable for human […]

Grower Story – The Muscat Family

Joe, Christine and Stephen Muscat | Oakenden “We’re not about to do anything to jeopardise this piece of dirt, it’s our bread and butter. We’ve been farming the same block of land for 50 years and the proof is in the pudding, the environment definitely matters to me…” Joe Muscat is a second-generation sugarcane farmer […]

Sugarcane farmers the ‘Game Changer’ for our reef

Shared learning to encourage wider adoption of on-farm practice change Farmers are hoping radio transmitters can better protect the Great Barrier Reef whilst reducing their own costs. The transmitters and moisture probes which turn irrigation off at precisely the right moment to reduce runoff, save water and potentially boost crop yield, are to be trialled […]

Students dive into holiday fun for the Reef’s future

Teaching the next generation safe swimming may be the purpose of the Airlie Aquatic Reef Program, but thanks to the Federal Government National Landcare Programme (NLP), kids have the opportunity to learn about the importance of reef conservation and their role in it, whilst snorkelling in the pristine waters of the Whitsunday islands. “Reef Catchments […]

Fishway monitoring shows fish on the move

Recent fishway monitoring has revealed fish are well and truly on the move in the Mackay-Whitsunday region, with fish flying through our rivers and estuaries at a rate of more than 400 fish per hour. Juvenile fish making their way upstream have excited local scientists, who have been working to construct fishways that improve aquatic […]

Mackay Whitsunday region kicking goals on our Coast

It’s good news for Mackay Whitsunday beaches – a newly released summary of environmental coastal works in our region has highlighted some major achievements over the past 12 months. Reef Catchments Coastal Officer, Jessica Berryman, said the Coasts and Communities Key Achievements (2015) summary was an important way of recognising the great work done by […]

Controlled burns reduce wildfire risk and response time

As the dry, hot summer most of Australia has suffered is expected to continue, it is imperative to remember the respect nature deserves, as our lives become increasingly integrated with the Australian landscape. The Central Queensland Coast has been fortunate not to suffer a severe wildfire in recent years, and this record can be maintained […]

October 25, 2015 – Town Beach

The GBR clean up on 25 October at Town Beach, Iluka Park resulted in a haul of 145 kg of rubbish which, oddly enough, included a huge number of ear plugs and ear plug wrappers. Irregular finds included two laptops, a camera, and an injured wader bird which was taken to the vet and sent […]