Archives for June 2016

Project Profile Lagoons Creek Rehabilitation

  PROJECT PROFILE Project? Lagoons Creek rehabilitation Where? Lagoons Creek, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens What’s happening at this site? Creation of a naturalised waterway with two adjacent wetlands. Stage two includes creation of a corridor to the wetlands and installation of three fishways. Who’s involved? Reef Catchments is working closely with Mackay Regional Council and the Department of Transport and […]

Traditional Owners Reunite

Traditional Owners reunite on Country in the beautiful Whitsundays and Cape Hillsborough region. During May, Traditional Owners from the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region came together on Country to meet, connect and have a say in the management of our natural resources. The Traditional Owner Reference Group (TORG) is hosted by Reef Catchments. Bringing together mobs […]

Vegetation protects against stream bank erosion by more than 80%

Every year thousands of cubic meters of valuable soil is lost from local properties during rain and flood events to rivers and streams. A study was undertaking by Alluvium Consulting in 2010/2011 which looked at the role of vegetation in protecting stream banks from erosion. The study found that stretches of stream that have been […]

Fishway construction and Hymenachne spray

What’s happening at this site? Reef Catchments is working with a landholder to improve fish passage and habitat through waterways in the Rocky Dam Creek Catchment. A partial width rock ramp fishway was constructed on an existing fish barrier adjacent to a large wetland area near Koumala. A Hymenachne infestation in the wetland was also […]

Better fish health a GOOD catch for Mackay

From barra to barred javelin – the release this May of a benchmark report in Mackay shows keen recreational fishers are set to benefit from healthier fish stock and improved quality and quantity of fish in our waterways. The report St Helens to Cape Hillsborough net free zone pre and post declaration surveys has highlighted […]

BUNYIP SAVES THE WORLD… Starting in Cannonvale

ROAR! Students at Cannonvale State School have turned a new page for the environment with the launch of their book – Buster the Bunyip Saves the World. With every class from Prep to Year Six contributing text and illustrations for the story, it’s a must-read as Buster tackles some big issues to save the environment […]

Forestry an untapped alternative for farmers

Landholders in the Mackay-Whitsunday region are being encouraged to find out more about how to make forestry work in their favour. A Forestry Field Day was hosted this month by Reef Catchments to help demonstrate how cultivating trees could create an extra stream of income. “The focus is on how to make use of marginal […]

New information now on offer for cane growers

Practices that can make a real difference to growers’ bottom line and our environment are in demand. However, more research and resources are needed to help growers identify and adopt changes that are right for them and financially viable, finding out where real gains can be made. To support this challenge, Reef Catchments is coordinating […]

New Sustainable Grazing guide launches for Mackay-Whitsunday region

From pasture management, to herd nutrition and climate forecasting – graziers in the Mackay-Whitsunday region can now easily access the information they need with the launch of the new Mackay-Whitsunday Sustainable Grazing Guide. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE GUIDE Reef Catchments sustainable agriculture coordinator, Michael Boland, said the Sustainable Grazing Guide was designed to help […]

New Sustainability Guides for Horticulture and Forestry

Reef Catchments is excited to announce the launch of a new suite of guides designed to be an important tool for landholders in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region. Alongside the Mackay-Whitsunday Sustainable Grazing Guide, the suite also includes new guides for Horticulture and Forestry. While less practiced in the region, these sectors offer strong potential […]