Project Catalyst supports a network of Mackay Whitsunday, Burdekin and Wet Tropics farmers who are leading the way in the use of cutting-edge management practices for a more sustainable and productive farming future.

Our Story

Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between more than 70 innovative Queensland cane growers, Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups, the Australian Government, WWF, and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

The project aims to support sugarcane growers and to promote groundbreaking farm practices that improve water quality from sugarcane farms impacting the Great Barrier Reef.

Here is the November 2019 update – PROJECT CATALYST Nov update

Virtual farm tour – improving soil health in wet tropics

Integrating animals into cane farming


Virtual farm tour – biological stimulants


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Key Partners

Introducing the people with passion for Project Catalyst.
Without their commitment to communities, innovation, and the environment – none of this would be possible.


To deliver the outcomes of Project Catalyst we draw upon a range of resources to support the growers in undertaking the trials, collection of trial data and economic, environmental and agronomic assessments.


Soil health has been on the decline but new practices are helping to restore and protect soil properties that lead to better yields

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Any good pest adapts, so farmers have to adapt smarter and faster to keep the crops healthy and productive

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Finding the sweet spot for nutrients applied to the crop means very little can be lost to the waterways which is a win for the pocket and for the Great Barrier Reef.

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Balancing too much with not enough, or at the wrong time, is the growers' constant juggle.

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