Reef Rescue R&D Regional Science Forum: Mackay Whitsunday

Informing Prioritisation of Reef Rescue 2 Delivery: 9 and 10 September, 2013


To facilitate uptake of Reef Rescue R&D results, five regional forums were resourced through Reef Rescue 2 to bring researchers, managers and research users together to review the research outcomes, and discuss how to progress these outcomes into practical on-ground benefits. Information relevant to the Mackay Whitsunday NRM region was presented in Mackay on 9 and 10 September 2013.  The forum was coordinated by the RRRC in collaboration with Reef Catchments.

The forums will inform prioritisation of Reef Rescue 2 delivery, including guidance for water quality grants and systems repair projects, identification of future R&D needs, and provision of information for Water Quality Improvement Plans. The five regional forums have been well attended, generating robust discussions about how research results can inform on-ground actions and future investment.

The outcomes of all of the forums are combined into a summary report that will be uploaded soon. 

The presentations delivered at the Forum are available below.

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Session 1: Overview and context

pdfReef Rescue / Reef Rescue 2 and Reef Plan context1.46 MB (Australian Government)

Reef Plan 3 overview / P2R2 update/Wetlands Prioritisation (Queensland Government)

pdfOvervie of Reef Rescue 2 successful proposals and discussion82.35 KB (Reef Catchments - Will Higham /Rob Hughes)

pdfOverview of industry involvement and proposed extension model1.46 MB (Canegrowers - Matt Kealley)

Management Practices overview

pdfManagement Practice overview from Reef Plan Scientific Consensus Statement4.42 MB (Peter Thorburn)

pdfFactors affecting adoption of land management practices that have water quality benefits in the GBR catchments: Evaluations scenarios for cane farming594.6 KB (Delwar Akbar)

Cane nutrient management

pdfEvaluating and improving A class management practices to control nutrient losses from sugarcane1.48 MB (Peter Thorburn)

pdfMackay nutrient management research presentations5.79 MB (Phillip Trendell)

Herbicide and Economics

pdfPesticide dynamics in the Great Barrier Reef catchment and lagood: management practices in the sugarcane industry7.39 MB (Steve Lewis)

Local herbicide trials and results relating to P2R (Ken Rhode)

pdfIntegrated assessment of Best Management Practices cost-effectiveness and decision support for regions and landholders2.63 MB (Peter Thorburn)

Project Catalyst economic analysis (Megan Star)

Grazing + Future Directions

pdfRunoff Nitrogen generation rates from pasture legumes - an enhancement to reef catchment modelling2.63 MB (Craig Thorton)

pdfQuantifying the impacts of rehabilitating degraded lands on soil health, pastures, runoff, erosion, nutrient and sediment movement5.42 MB (Trevor Hall)

Day 2 - 10th September

GBR overview

GBR update, overview including Risk Assessment (Jon Brodie and Jane Waterhouse)

Update on research initiatives relating to RWPP, NERP and eReefs (Jane Waterhouse)

WQIP and Systems Repair

pdfReef Catchments WQIP philosophy and approach & System repair grants: Overview of proposals, key activties and prioritization approach 82.35 KB(WIll Higham and Adam Folkers)

pdfNovel biological method for herbicides monitoring in freshwater3.33 MB (Ben Kefford)

pdfPollutant load estimation for Great Barrier Reef catchments: Accounting for the uncertainty in monitoring and modelled data using data assimilation technique6.34 MBs (Petra Kuhnert)

GBR Coastal Ecosystems strategy and supporting information (GBRMPA)