ANNUAL REPORT RCL 2018-2019

OUR ANNUAL REPORT Reef Catchments is proud to present our Annual Report for the 2018-2019 Financial Year. We invite you to read about the projects and achievements we have worked on in our region. WITH THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS, STAKEHOLDERS, AND LOCAL COMMUNITY. Resilient ecosystems, engaged community – Reef Catchments is your Natural Resource Management […]

Mackay hotel patrons vote with their butts to help the environment

A well-known Mackay watering hole is using an unusual device to help keep pollutants out of our waterways. Smokers at McGuire’s CBD Hotel can now use their finished cigarette butts to vote on a question put to them by the hotel management. In doing so, they ensure that their discarded butts, a major pollutant of […]

Cane movie

Click on this image to view the new movie about Reef Trust 3, a review of what Reef Trust 3 has achieved on the ground. Includes interviews with farmers and extension officers. You can also visit the Reef Catchments YouTube page for a variety of videos on the work being done by Reef Catchments.

Update to Sustainable Grazing Guide released

Pasture management, ground cover and herd nutrition are just some of the topics updated in the 2018 Sustainable Grazing Guide. New and updated information on tropical coastal grazing information relevant to the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region is now available here and in hard copy from the Reef Catchments office. Readers will find updated ABCD frameworks for practices […]

Cutting farm costs – better for the back pocket, and our backyard

The cost of fertiliser, chemicals, fuel, and power are four costs which are seriously compromising our local cane farmers. In light of this, a group of growers is moving toward what they hope will be a more efficient future – one that helps the environment and our ‘backyard’ as much as their back pocket. Through […]

RT3 Cane Project well on track

More than 240 growers farming 35,587 ha of cane, have actively participated in the project and taken up the opportunity to access $838,000 worth of major grants to assist with equipment upgrades that fast-track practice change to improve nutrient and herbicide management.

Mackay and the Whitsundays lead International Year of Reef (IYOR) action

Twenty-one small steps for Mackay and the Whitsundays, one giant leap for our reef. Twenty-one diverse organisations in Mackay and the Whitsundays are paving the way to change for International Year of the Reef (IYOR). From local council, to conservation, to coal – all sectors have come together under the umbrella of the Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy […]

Combating climate challenges the focus at Mackay field day

Around 65 local farmers turned out to see the latest in innovative climate smart farming practices at a field day at Marian on Sunday. The event “Climate, Cane and Carbon” was co-hosted by Reef Catchments and Farmers for Climate Action.

Highlights from the Soil Health Innovation Tour 2018

Nine members of Central Queensland Soil Health Systems along with a group of 19 growers from Far North Queensland attended a Soil Health Innovation Tour in March 2018. Agroecologist, David Hardwick from Soil Land Food travelled with the group to provide interpretation of the on farm practices, visiting a range of operations over the 5 […]

Furrow-closer on the cards

Mt Christian cane farmer Fred Axiak tells us more about what they’ll be doing toward reduced fertiliser use – including using a furrow closer they have manufactured themselves.