NLP Past Projects


Three NLP funding recipients

Successful funding recipients are all smiles, from left Janice and Graham Armstrong (Chair, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare), with Jacki Smith from Eco Barge.

Seventeen new environmental projects have been successfully funded through the National Landcare Programme (NLP). Eleven local groups, in Mackay Whitsunday and Isaac, shared in $135,000 in grants through the Looking After Local Landscapes program.

The funding covers high priority issues which are relevant to this region. Successful projects include marine and island debris removal, fish tagging and research, pest and weed mapping, development of a community garden, and waterway and creek rehabilitation.

Geoff Bethel.

Cr Geoff Bethel (Isaac Regional Council), with Reef Catchments sustainable agriculture project officer, Daniel O’Keeffe.


Focus of the funding is on projects which allow a variety of local groups to work within their own landscape, needs, and priorities. The funding also targets key Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES).

The Looking After Local Landscapes program invited local groups to apply for grants of between $2000 and $15,000. Many of the successful applicants will undertake work in collaboration with farmers and landholders across the region. Groups which were eligible to apply included Landcare and community groups, traditional owners, local councils, landholders, and rural fire brigades.

Successful applicants and project details

Airlie Beach Aquatic Reef Club School holiday education program to educate the community in the importance of Reef Protection, rejuvenation and of being safe in the tropical waters.
Eco Barge Eco Barge is sourcing funding to ensure that 40 marine debris removal trips are achievable. Current funding allows 10 marine debris removal trips to be undertaken in 2016 and through the NLP project funding, will allow a further 8 trips to be undertaken, with a minimum of 2,400 kilograms being expected to be removed through these trips alone. To ensure the long-term protection of our marine life and environment, the quantity of marine debris across the Whitsunday region will continue to be reduced, making it easier to clean more hotspot locations per trip.
Isaac Regional Council Coastal connectivity and rehabilitation along the Clairview foreshore reserve to remediate the anthropogenic impacts caused by the unauthorised use of the land over the years over 9.38Ha of coastline whilst mitigating and preventing future impacts. Increase connectivity of the fragmented regional ecosystems whilst involving Landcare groups to help involve and educate the local community in local NRM issues.
Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance Baseline Data collection for net-free fishing zones. The aim/outcome of the pre-net free declaration baseline data gathering exercise is to gauge a thorough understanding of fish numbers, fish sizes and species diversity prior to the implementation of the NFZ and then repeat the process bi-annually every year after to see how stocks are improving as a result of NFZ implementation.
Reef Check Australia (RCA)
This project will undertake six reef health surveys in the Whitsunday region and four in the Mackay region. Each RCA survey covers a reef area of 400m2 public use. All data will be provided to Reef Catchments for natural resource management applications including incorporation into future iterations of the WQIP. We will also coordinate a community education resource (to be determined in consultation with partners) to share findings and information that builds community understanding of reef health issues. This project would help to build initial foundations to support long-term volunteer reef monitoring in areas requiring additional reef health information. Our medium to long-term aim would be to work closely with Reef Catchments and relevant local organisations to build a sustainable framework for community engagement in reef monitoring, education and conservation.
Wild Mob
Percy Island – reduce weed infestations and marine debris on turtle nesting beaches. The specific outcome of the project is to build on previous investments by improving the quality of 18ha of beach scrub, to minimise the threat of marine debris entanglement and ingestion for up to 1000 green turtles in direct vicinity of breeding and nesting areas and improve knowledge of these assets within the Percy Island group. In doing so, another benefit of this project will be to reduce the threat of entanglement in marine debris for migratory shorebirds and seabirds.
Finch Hatton Community Garden Inc This project will focus on educating our members on the importance of sustainable gardening and agricultural practices to protect and preserve our natural assets. The insights gained will encourage private landholders to undertake conservation management on their land and spread wider into the community through family members and friends and be ongoing through generations to help protect the Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park and surrounding forest, now and into the future. The outcome of members participating in these workshops will contribute towards shared understanding and application of permaculture principles and will enhance collaborative design of Finch Hatton’s Community Garden, once land use has been agreed. The training will foster future educational and partnership opportunities with Pioneer Valley and other Mackay based conservation and sustainable agricultural practices.
Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group This project will focus on the collection and propagation of seeds for the reinstatement of native vegetation at various areas in the Mackay Region. Focus on creating a seed bank for endangered local native species and creating GIS records regarding the local occurrence
Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group Enhance Pioneer Catchment Landcare’s community presence, currently the group has minimal to none in the way of promotional material to use at events. A need exists to get PCL brand out into the community to create public awareness.
Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group
Weed removal and reinstatement of native vegetation in significant local riparian area.
Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group
Identify areas that have cats claw creeper infestation. Inform the community of the presence of the creeper and educate them on how to identify
Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group
Owens Creek – weed management and watering (revegetation maintenance) to protect the revegetation plantings and ensure survival
Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group
Installation of habitat nest boxes in collaboration with landholders, community training in monitoring, data collection and reporting.
Sarina Landcare and Catchment Management Association
Community awareness raising events including grazing land management, native vegetation and biodiversity, weed identification and management, native flora and fauna and public natural areas e.g. coastal esplanades. This project will aim to engage with landholders, community members and youth to gain a better understanding of the natural assets in their local area and how to protect them.
Sarina Landcare and Catchment Management Association
To build resilience in natural areas within the Sarina Catchment by identifying infestations of Cats Claw Creeper, controlling it to a manageable level, and allowing all types of native vegetation to increase in size and abundance, to ensure the biodiversity of the various ecosystems increases.
Whitsunday Catchment Landcare
This funding will allow Whitsunday Catchment Landcare the ability to remove declared plants from an endangered ecosystem and build on existing work in revegetating degraded foredunes
Department of Natural Resources and Mines The aim of this project is to quantify the flow requirements necessary for breeding stimulation and/or migration to estuarine and marine spawning grounds for diadromous fish species — that is, those species that require the use of both salt and freshwater for some aspect of their life history (e.g. breeding, nursery habitats etc). More specifically, the influence of water flows (baseline flows, low flows and flood flows), water quality parameters, barriers to migration and subsequent use of fishways, habitat preferences and utilisation (e.g. waterhole use, spawning locations) are all outcomes to be answered by this project.
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