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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

Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group is supported by Mackay Regional Council through the Natural Environment Levy and Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Limited.

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Who is Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group?

Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group Inc. is a non-profit community based, natural resource management organisation, incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981. It was formed in the early 1990's as one of the first catchment groups in Queensland, and was then called Pioneer Integrated Catchment Management Association (PICMA).

The Pioneer Catchment area includes sub-catchments of all coastal streams from Alligator Creek in the north to Sandy Creek in the south, and extends west to the Clark Connors Range. The catchment includes the urban centre of Mackay and townships including Marian, Mirani, Eton, Walkerston and Calen.

Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group is governed by an elected management committee who are representatives from a wide range of interest groups including local government, rural producers, commerce and industry, urban community, conservation and education. The current management committee includes the following members:

  • Chair –  Dave Hunter
  • Deputy Chairperson – Di Salau
  • Treasurer – Margaret Lane (Society for Growing Australian Plants- Mackay branch)
  • Committee Member – Irene Champion
  • Committee Member – Caitlin Davies (Conservation Volunteers)
  • Committee Member – Grant Howard
  • Committee Member - Cr Theresa Morgan (Mackay Regional Council)
  • Committee Member - Dianne Williams

PCL currently has four part-time Officers:
  • Office Manager – Wendy Eiteneuer
    (Secretary to the Management Committee - Non-voting)
  • Project Officer – Carla Lambropoulos
    (Projects:  Regional Forestry Working Group, Sugarcane Trials, Giant Rats Tail Grass Trials, Pond Apple Eradication)
  • Project Officer – Lara Mathewson
    (Projects:  Owens Creek Log Jam, Marian Riparian project, Land for Wildlife, Action on the Ground - Soil Health)
  • Project Officer – Laura Whitbread
    (Projects:  Peri-urban project, Equine Landcare projectt)

 ... with Margaret Lane assisting as a volunteer to deliver Reliance Creek Vine Forest Rehabilitation project and Nursery program coordination