Coasts & Biodiversity

Coasts and Biodiversity

The Mackay Whitsunday Isaac coastal zone is characterised by a diverse range of natural features including sandy beaches, rocky headlands, extensive intertidal flats, and substantial areas of coastal wetlands. These areas are under increasing threat from development, climate change, population growth and recreational use.

Aerial view of ocean.

The Coasts and Communities program was initiated to set a vision for the future of the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac coast and engage local communities in coastal management activities. The project provides a strategic and coordinated approach to managing our coast; developing local management plans to enable all organisations, community groups, and local residents to work together to achieve the best outcome for our coastal environments.

The Coasts and Biodiversity program is delivered in partnership with Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac regional councils, Landcare, Ecobarge Clean Seas,  community volunteers, local contractors and Reef Catchments and is supported by local government funding and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Community Action Plan

Reef Catchments has worked with the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac community to develop a Community Action Plan for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Work has been undertaken with a range of stakeholders to identify what is important to the community, and to map out potential projects. Read all about the official launch of the Plan. You can view the Plan resource here.

Local Coastal Plans

Local coastal plans are developed in consultation with coastal communities for public coastal land under council jurisdiction. The beach plans include large scale geographic representation of environmental, cultural and social values and issues, and subsequently, recommend and prioritise on-ground activities to ensure the long-term sustainability of the coastal zone. Read about the local coastal plans.

On-ground Projects

On-ground activities are implemented on a priority-based system and are being undertaken to reduce identified threats. All on-ground activities are focused on enhancing the condition and extent of coastal vegetation and are being implemented through council staff, land managers, contractors, community organisations, and volunteers. Activities include weed control, revegetation, maintenance activities, and rubbish removal.


Fact sheets and brochures

Project contacts

Emma Maxwell from Reef Catchments.

Emma Maxwell

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Sally Stutsel from Reef Catchments.

Sally Stutsel

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