Reef Rescue Water Quality Grants are managed collaboratively by six coastal regional natural resource management (NRM) organisations and agricultural industry bodies. Reef Catchments Limited manages the Reef Programme grants in the Mackay, Whitsunday, Isaac region. The grants provide rural land managers with advice and support in order to adopt Best Management Practices (BMP) that will improve farm productivity and the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.
During the first five years Reef Rescue exceeded five year targets of 1300 farmers and 650 graziers participating in the Mackay Whitsunday region. The program has worked with more than 60% of sugarcane growers in the Mackay Whitsunday region, leading to a big improvement in water quality in our local fresh water bodies and the water entering the Reef.
There is still plenty of work to be done. Reef Catchments has partnered with local sugar and grazing industry leaders and local farmers to design a program to build on the previous five year’s work and to continue to improve the region’s water quality.
Ph: (07) 4968 4215
M: 0419 191 373
E: Michael Boland