Archives for December 2016

First driverless tractor for Australian sugar ready to roll, Mackay

The first driverless tractor trial for the Australian sugar industry has been demonstrated at the property of local Mackay cane farmer, Steve Young.

Useful tools from climate adaptation workshop

A wide range of regional stakeholders attended the recent Climate Adaptation workshop at Proserpine including Biosecurity, Queensland Police, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, local government, Traditional Owners, members of conservation organisations, tourism representatives, and energy providers. The workshop, which covered topics including adapting to a variable and changing climate, managing risks, and identifying opportunities, also […]

Soil health a solid investment for our farmers

Mango producers Ken and Mary Ede (of Longmile Mangoes) spent years observing the rural sector for ideas on how to improve soil health.

Agritourism a gold concept for Whitsunday coffee plantation

When Trader Pete suggested growing coffee in the Whitsundays more than 15 years ago, he copped a few laughs. REEF CATCHMENTS HORTICULTURE FIELD DAY |

Weed of the Week – Rubber Vine

Weed of the Week! Get to know your enemies: one weed at a time, one week at a time… Rubber Vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) Restricted invasive plant under the Queensland’s Biosecurity Act 2014 Weed of National Significance  Flowers are a pale pink, darker in the centre. Strangles native vegetation, common and problematic in riparian areas and […]

Marine life on your mind

More than 78 lucky senior students from Mackay and the Whitsundays have participated in a marine conservation expedition like no other… Students from St Catherines College, Sarina, Mackay North, Pioneer, Mackay State High Schools took part in an outdoor education adventure through the Marine Classroom Program, spending four days on Brampton Island, exploring the island […]