What is Reef Catchments?
Reef Catchments is a team of skilled and outcome focused people all dedicated to looking after the environment in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region.
We are the Natural Resource Management (NRM) group 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.
Engaging with the local community is one of our top priorities, it is through such engagement that we are able to focus our efforts where they have the most influence, from farmers 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 about 30 people all working to improve the condition of our region’s land and sea across multiple areas.
The work we do includes caring for and promoting the health of water and waterways; wetlands and coastlands; biodiversity; pest and weed management; sustainable agriculture, particularly in regional activities such as cane, grazing and horticulture; landcare practices as well as ecosystem restoration; and engaging with the community.
We believe a healthy environment and well-managed ecosystems are the basis for a healthy region, a healthy economy, and a strong community.
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 condition 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 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.