Our mission is to work collaboratively with the community to improve the condition of natural resources while sharing in their derived benefits, with a focus on the sustainable management of the region’s natural resources (land, water, biodiversity, coasts, and marine assets).
We receive our funding through Federal and State grants and competitive government investment processes, and we also gain investment via private stewardship programs to deliver a range of consultancy services via both Reef Catchments and its subsidiary companies.
Work collaboratively with the community to improve the condition of natural resources while sharing in their derived benefits.
Our key role in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region is to
Facilitate accelerated positive change in regional natural resource management actions via
- Educating and building capacity within the regional community to identify natural resource cases of concern and develop and implement both proactive and remedial actions for improvement.
- Recording and reporting on natural resource condition and its improvement to all stakeholders.
- Improving community knowledge of NRM issues along with improving community capacity to deal with these issues, backed with our strong commitment to innovative and efficient service delivery.
- Facilitating engagement and collaboration between highly diverse stakeholders (i.e. business, industry, community groups, indigenous people, science, research, and government) for regional NRM outcomes.
Extending from south of Bowen to Clairview, the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac catchment region on the Central Queensland Coast spans over 900,000 hectares land base, encompassing some of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes. The region extends from the western boundary of the Clarke Connors Range, shrouded in high altitude rainforests, across the expansive cane fields and grazing lands of the coastal lowlands, intersected with rivers and wetlands including the Proserpine, O’Connell and Pioneer Rivers, then flows out to the Coral Sea, continental islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest World Heritage Area, containing the largest single collection of coral reefs in the world with many diverse ecosystems of immense conservation value. The region is one of the most biodiverse in the Great Barrier Reef catchment area, and is known for iconic, nationally significant sites such as Eungella National Park, Whitsunday Islands National Park, Cape Palmerston National Park, Goorganga Plains, Sand Bay, St Helens Bay, and Sarina Inlet wetlands, in addition to other conservation and High Ecological Value areas.
The Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region’s unique features include
- Generating more than $22 billion of economic value to the Queensland and Australian economy
- Encompassing 900 km of mainland coastline, increasing to 2000 km inclusive of islands
- .The Whitsundays is known internationally as a tourism drawcard (i.e. Heart Reef, Whitsunday Island, 74 islands etc.)
- 44% of the total Great Barrier Reef tourism is serviced from the Whitsunday region, generating $1085 million in tourism expenditure per annum
- The Eungella Honeyeater is only found in a small area of plateau rainforest in the Clarke Ranges in Eungella National Park
- Sugarcane production from the Mackay Whitsunday region makes up one third of Queensland’s sugarcane production. Mackay Harbour is the largest bulk sugar terminal in the southern hemisphere
- Strong recreational fishing community, with the highest recreational boat registrations in Queensland.
Key natural resource management issues in the region include
- Habitat fragmentation
- Agriculture and grazing management
- Water quality and quantity
- Wetland and waterway management
- Coastal management and
- Island management
- Climate Change and CHG emission
- Pest management
- Fire management in rangelands