Reef Catchments targets rural-to-urban change

Mar 15, 2018 | ,
Constructed fishway with rocks.
Located in the Pioneer River Basin, Janes Creek runs into the Mackay Gooseponds constructed wetland in the Mackay City. The site has recently been identified as highly important to fish passage in our region, with monitoring showing more than 31,000 fingerlings passing through a constructed fishway in just eight hours.

Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government, Reef Catchments will work with cane farmers, graziers, and harvesting contractors to deliver an exciting new project in the Janes Creek Catchment that improves both rural and urban areas. 

Janes Creek is located in the Pioneer River Basin and flows on into the Mackay urban area (Mackay Gooseponds).

The project will engage all cane farmers, graziers and harvesting contractors in the Janes Creek catchment to improve practices, conduct system repair and install treatment solutions.

The project will improve water quality in the catchment via a whole-of-system project integrating management practice adoption, system repair and treatment solutions.

Water quality improvements will then be evaluated and monitored.

The Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region has been identified as requiring a 70% reduction in dissolved organic nitrogen (DIN) for all catchments, and is a priority region for reducing pesticide run-off.

Sediment has also been identified as a priority pollutant requiring reduction in the Pioneer Catchment (Draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017-2022).

The Janes Creek catchment is approximately 1700 ha, consisting of approximately 60% sugarcane production and 30% grazing.

While the catchment covers 1700 ha, the number of agricultural landholders within the catchment is small with ten sugarcane growers and five graziers. This enhances the manageability, effectiveness and opportunity for improved agricultural management practice change of the project.

The Janes Creek project provides significant opportunities to positively influence local agriculture communities towards improved water quality management practices and activities.

Funding for this collaborative project has been provided by the Queensland Government – Department of Environment and Science.