The Janes Creek catchment landholders’ project is a two-year Queensland Government funded water quality improvement project which engages a whole-of-system approach to management practice adoption, system repair, and treatment solutions.
Janes Creek catchment is a unique, dynamic system crossing from the rural farming zone into the urban Mackay City zone and Gooseponds area. Landholders place much importance on ensuring that farming in the catchment is carried out to best practices for a sustainable diversified ecosystem. Currently there are eight cane farmers, four contract harvest operators and four graziers who are directly involved in this project.
Reef Catchments is the project manager engaging with these commercial-scale operators to work collectively towards catchment water quality improvements.
The RCL Grazing Project Officer will work with the Janes Creek graziers to assist with property planning and to provide advice on ways to improve the quality of runoff water. MAPS will work with the Janes Creek cane growers and contract harvesters to provide extension to reduce the risk of nutrient, pesticides, and sediment loss.
Landholders will monitor water quality outcomes within the catchment.