Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Open Day at the Gerry Cook Hatchery planned for Tuesday 26th November Has been postponed until further notice. For more info call the MRCCC on 07 5482 4766
Download the MRCCC's 2013 Annual Report
MRCCC General Meeting presentations can be downloaded on the Publications page
Valley Bees info - go to the Valley Bees page
Mary River Brochure now available
The importance of riparian health is the subject of a new brochure which was launched by MRCCC Chairman, Ian Mackay, at Day 2 of the Rivercare Forum on the 22nd August 2013. The highly informative Mary River brochure was developed by Cooran creative designer Liz Capelin as a component of the Mary River Restoration Stories Project, which was funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program. As well as highlighting why riparian health is important, the Mary River Brochure also celebrates two decades of riparian rehabilitation in the Mary Catchment, and reflects on challenges faced and lessons learned.
Riparian health refers to the health of every living thing on the banks of a natural watercourse. In the Mary Catchment, many threatened plants and animals depend on a healthy riparian zone. These include the Mary River cod, the Giant barred frog, the Mary River Turtle and the Australian Lungfish. The riparian zone is also important in the estuary where mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses stabilise sand and riverbanks, and are essential for many species of fish, dugong, marine turtles and migratory birds.
Call in to the MRCCC Office in Gympie to collect your free copy of the brochure or you can request a copy of the brochure to be mailed out. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The aim of the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC) is to promote within the community and through interested sectors, a common view of a sustainable and productive catchment. Key roles which promote the MRCCC’s nonregulatory and cooperative approach in achieving this aim have been determined. These roles are Education and Awareness, Planning (assisting Local Government) and assisting interest-sectors to adopt Best Management Practices.
The Mary River Catchment is one of the most diverse catchments in Queensland. It covers 9595 km2 from Maleny to Fraser Island and contains a population of over 200,000 people, both on the land and in urban areas and rural subdivisions. Economic activities in the Mary River Catchment range from dairying, beef, forestry, fishing, horticulture, mining, sugar, farm forestry, tourism, sand and gravel extraction, small industry and cottage arts and craft. The Mary River itself is 310 km long and water quality varies from fresh through to saline in the estuarine areas where the river flows into the RAMSAR listed wetlands of the Great Sandy Strait, home to Dugongs, migrating whales and migratory birds. This complex catchment is subject to high intensity cyclonic rainfall on very steep slopes and is experiencing major changes in land use, increased competition for resources, and rapid population growth (being adjacent to the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay).
The MRCCC gratefully acknowledges the support of;
Gympie Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, the Burnett Mary Regional Group, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and landholders throughout the Mary Catchment.
DONATIONS TO THE MARY CATCHMENT PUBLIC FUND ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE