About Us

About Reef Catchments

Reef Catchments is the Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisation for the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region. We facilitate change and work for long-term solutions to sustain, protect, and improve our region’s natural resources and environment, both now and into the future.

Our team are skilled and outcome-focused people who are all dedicated and motivated to facilitate positive change in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region.  We do this through listening, respecting and connecting with landholders, industry, first nations people and the community. Our local connections and insights are enhanced by an ongoing commitment to embracing new technologies and adapting to evolving standards.

Community ties

We love to engage with the local community, this is a high priority activity at Reef Catchments. It is through such engagement that we are able to focus our efforts where they have the most influence, from landholders to school children, urban and rural. Our staff all live locally and many have spent their entire lives here, being from multi-generational local families.

We have offices in Mackay and Proserpine and a staff of more than 30 people who work to improve the condition of our region’s land and sea.

Map of Reef Catchments NRM area.

We believe…

We believe a healthy environment and well-managed ecosystems are the basis for a healthy region, a healthy economy, and a strong community. See our Strategic Plan for more details.

We work…

In partnership with the community, local council, and State and Federal government agencies as well as with the private sector. We seek to improve community knowledge of natural resource issues, and community capacity to be involved in natural resource solutions. Our role is also to record and report natural resource conditions and progress.

What is Natural Resource Management (NRM)?

Our natural resources are the vital systems that are the bedrock of our lifestyle and industries. They include water, land, plants, animals and micro-organisms linked to our forests, woodlands, grasslands, rivers, lakes, wetlands, coasts, estuaries and marine ecosystems. NRM is the official term for the long-term, sustainable management of these valuable resources for the future.

Our programs…

Our programs provide a systematic process for improved management of our valuable natural resources. Our programs complement local, regional, State and Federal community and government goals and objectives.

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Our Team

Our team stands as our most valuable asset, comprising highly skilled individuals from diverse backgrounds. Our organisational culture forms the essence of our identity, grounded in a clear vision and firm values. We foster an environment where people take pride in their work and care for each other.

Reef Catchments team in group shot outdoors