Wetlands working with the land

Stewart and Sarah Borg’s grazing property “Marklands” in the Rocky Dam Creek sub-catchment is impressive. Home to wallabies, barramundi and more than three hundred bird species, the wetlands are an important habitat.

Monsoon brings water monitoring madness

It’s been a hectic time for Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) staff tasked with monitoring the region’s water quality. The recent monsoon has filled all the waterways to capacity making it prime time for natural resource management (NRM) organisations to find out just what pollutants are being washed down our river systems. Seven days a […]

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 on our website and in hard copy from the Reef Catchments office. Readers will find updated ABCD frameworks […]

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.

How do you shop?

Take this 10 minute survey to assist the farmers in our region to understand the demand for regional, sustainable produce. This project is supported by Reef Catchments through funding from the Australian Government national Landcare Program.

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.