Coasts & Biodiversity

The Mackay Whitsunday Isaac coastal zone is characterised by a diverse range of natural features including sandy beaches, rocky headlands, extensive intertidal flats, and substantial areas of coastal wetlands. These areas are under increasing threat from development, climate change, population growth and recreational use.

The Coasts and Communities program was initiated to set a vision for the future of the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac coast and engage local communities in coastal management activities. The project provides a strategic and coordinated approach to managing our coast; developing local management plans to enable all organisations, community groups, and local residents to work together to achieve the best outcome for our coastal environments.

One of the local coastal plan beaches in Mackay.

The Coasts and Biodiversity program is delivered in partnership with Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac regional councils, Landcare, Ecobarge Clean Seas,  community volunteers, local contractors and Reef Catchments and is supported by local government funding and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Local Coastal Plans

Local coastal plans are developed in consultation with coastal communities for public coastal land under council jurisdiction. The beach plans include large scale geographic representation of environmental, cultural and social values and issues, and subsequently recommend and prioritise on-ground activities to ensure the long-term sustainability of the coastal zone. Read about the local coastal plans.

On-ground Projects

On-ground activities are implemented on a priority based system and are being undertaken to reduce identified threats. All on-ground activities are focused on enhancing the condition and extent of coastal vegetation, and are being implemented through council staff, land managers, contractors, community organisations, and volunteers. Activities include weed control, revegetation, maintenance activities, and rubbish removal.

Coastal News

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Key Contacts

Emma Maxwell from Reef Catchments in Mackay
P (07) 4968 420
M 0439 308 179
E Emma Maxwell

P (07) 4968 4206
M 0429 155 841
E Cass Hayward

Mackay Coast Study
Marine turtles in the GBR area
Nationally protected Broad leaf tea-tree (Melaleuca viridiflora) woodlands in high rainfall coastal north Queensland
Nationally protected Littoral rainforests and coastal vine thickets of eastern Australia (aka beach scrub)
National Recovery Plan for the northern quoll
National Recovery Plan for marine turtles in Australia
National Recovery Plan for the water mouse
Queensland Coastal Plan
Seagrass and marine resources in dugong protection areas
Fact sheets and brochures
Are your garden plants going bush?
Species and ecosystem profiles
Mackay Coastal Study
Shorebird identification sheets
Turtle ID