Reef Assist Program 2.0

Funded by: The Department of Environment and Science, QLD

PCL Coordinator – “With a changing climate and the increasing need for environmental restoration and protection, now is the time to invest in the people and mobilise and support communities in practical change, implementation and positive results the support landscape restoration, biodiversity, soil and water health and build the resilience of our rural and regional communities.

The project will build a stronger future for Landcare and catchment management through collaboration, employment, tailored training and on-ground practical skilling, achieving sustainable NRM, fostering a culture of collaboration and respect while building a greater social, economic, cultural and ecological legacy.

Project Outline: The project’s primary focus is to improve water quality in the Mackay
Whitsunday and Isaac (MWI) region by reducing sediment loss to the Reef.
Reef Catchments Limited, in partnership with Whitsunday Catchment
Landcare Inc., Pioneer Catchment Landcare Inc. and Sarina Landcare
Catchment Management Association Inc., local businesses and the
Indigenous community will undertake a range of minor and major land
management activities to halt sediment runoff through improving and
enhancing natural riparian habitat condition.
The project will generate employment opportunities for partner
organisations and local contractors. The three Landcare groups will be
supported to directly employ and train 5.05 FTE staff to assist targeted
landholders in various conservation and land management activities. RCL
will support 1 FTE and nine local businesses to employ 1.8 FTEs to
undertake major land management activities across the MWI region.