This project is supported by The Central Qld Coast Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country

Caring for our Country

What is Landcare?

Landcare is a volunteer movement between the community, government and business which helps to protect and repair our environment. While Landcare activities had been carried out for many years by individuals and groups, the Landcare movement officially began in 1989 when the National Farmer’s Federation and the Australian Conservation Foundation lobbied the Australian Government to commit to the cause. The Australian Government, with bipartisan support committed to fund the National Landcare Program.

The movement began with initiatives to improved agricultural productivity through sustainable land management. Today, Landcare adopts a broader focus on sustainable management of all of our natural resource assets. It now encompasses individuals and groups across the whole landscape from the coasts to urban centres to remote areas across the country.

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Healthy Waterways - Water Quality Monitoring Program (2003 - Current)

Main proponent:     PCL, Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Limited
Cash funding:   Natural Heritage Trust, Envirofund
Other proponents:  
In kind funding:   PCL, community volunteers

Project outline:

Project achievements and outcomes:

Water quality monitoring was done in the Waterwatch program for many years.  The Healthy Waterways program, started in 2003 by Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Limited and aimed to build on the work done by Waterwatch and develop a coherent water quality monitoring program that would enable us to gauge the health of our waterways. The program engaged and educated community members at the same time as collecting invaluable water quality data.

PCL managed a team of volunteers conducting ambient WQ monitoring 6 creeks around the region.  All the data collected was used to inform the Water Quality Improvement Plan, published by Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Limited in 2008.  The Plan sets targets for managing our waterways up to 2014. Funding from the regional body for this program ceased in June 2009, however PCL has continued ambient water monitoring and schools activities with the aim of building our catchments' water quality database and helping to inform related projects.

Sharon and Tom water testing St Helen's Ck

Fiona - baseline testing at St Helens Creek