Australian Partners

Mary River Catchment Coordination Association Inc

Over the past 20 years, the MRCCC has successfully developed and implemented natural resource management projects for a range of organisations including the Federal Government Departments of Agriculture and Environment, local government across the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast regions, State Government including the Department of Main Roads, the Department of Environment, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and regional organisations. Throughout a long history of working with the national and international scientific community, the MRCCC has amassed considerable technical and scientific knowledge about the sustainable management of natural resources. The MRCCC staff members collectively encompass over 100 years experience in the fields of sustainable land management, agricultural systems, riparian zone systems, water quality monitoring and data analysis, aquatic health assessment, sub-catchment planning and threatened aquatic species monitoring.

Well established (20 years) organisation with a proven track record and a high standing in the community. Extensive experience with community mentoring and engagement. Highly experienced and qualified staff. Successful delivery of multiple projects within given time frames for a range of clients. Resource Centre owned by the MRCCC in Gympie provides for constancy of long term operations and a base for clients to visit and gather information. Mentoring and auspicing of community organisations. The MRCCC has a proven track record of successful financial management over the last decade. The organisation is currently in a sound financial position.

  • Reef Water Quality Grants Programme
    The Reef Water Quality Grants Programme (RWQGP) works by co-investing with land managers to give them an incentive to improve their grazing land management practices. The MRCCC, in partnership with BMRG, DEEDI, Gympie District Beef Liaison Group and AgForce is delivering the RWQGP in the Mary Catchment. Funded by the Australian Government, the project works with interested graziers to implement improved land management practices to reduce the amount of nutrients, chemical and sediments leaving their farms and impacting on Reef Water Quality. Improved grazing land condition leads to greater pasture productivity, sustainability and enterprise profitability, whilst reducing the loss of valuable sediments and nutrients from our grazing lands. Wetland systems such as riparian zones, billabongs and marshes will be of a particular focus due to their important function of filtering out nutrients and sediments from the grazing landscape, before they reach the river system.
  • Mary Catchment Community Waterwatch Networks
    The MRCCC currently coordinates 8 Community Waterwatch networks involving 98 volunteers who monitor water quality at over 119 sites on waterways throughout the Mary River Catchment every month. Using field equipment provided by the MRCCC, volunteers monitor temperature, electrical conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity. Volunteers also collect information on weather conditions, fauna sightings, aquatic weeds and pests. Data from the networks is entered onto a regional database, providing a baseline to observe trends and anomalies in water quality. Water quality reports are produced annually for each network, providing a water quality rating for each site. Some volunteers have now been collecting data for over 10 years.
  • Mary River Threatened Species Recovery Plan
    The MRCCC has developed a draft recovery plan for threatened aquatic species in the Mary River Catchment, which is soon to be released for community consultation. Developed by the MRCCC in collaboration with the Federal Government and the Threatened Species Recovery team, the plan sets out a suite of actions needed to ensure the survival of the Mary’s most endangered and vulnerable aquatic species, including the Mary River cod, Queensland lungfish, Mary River turtle and Giant Barred frog.
  • Australian Government Biodiversity Fund Project- Restoring Riparian Resilience in the Mary River Catchment
    This project targets landholders who are protecting and restoring riparian zones that contain habitat for the endangered Mary River Cod and Turtle, Australian Lungfish and the Giant-Barred frog. Activities of this project include riparian fencing, creation of offstream water supplies, riparian revegetation and riparian weed control including vine weed bio-control agent releases to encourage rainforest regeneration. An important outcome of this project is to increase community awareness of the threatened aquatic species and their habitat, and to provide community support for improving riparian resilience. The project is targeting several river and tributary reaches containing threatened species habitat from Cambroon to Tiaro.
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