History and Activities


The Johnstone River Catchment Management Association Inc. (JRCMA) was formed in 1991 to undertake a Pilot Study in Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) for the then State Government.

On completion we went on to develop and begin the implementation of a Catchment Management Strategy for the Johnstone Catchment.

In the intervening years we have accessed funding from programs such as the National Landcare Program (NLP), National Heritage Trust (NHT) and more recently Caring for Our Country (Reef Rescue Grants) as well as from non-government sources to continue this work.

Our membership remains widely representative of the industries, community organisations, the two Local Government Councils, key government agencies and individual members with special relevant qualifications.

Our organisation holds regular monthly meeting and through its activities and that of its members and support staff remains fully engaged with key industries, Government agencies, Councils, the regional body for the Wet Tropics (Terrain Nrm), community groups such as Landcare and recreational users in progressing sound and sustainable management of the Catchments resources.


In 2012 Jcma under took a major review of our activities and resolved to focus our future activities on –

On Ground Projects –

Continue and complete existing projects and activities and seek further opportunities in key achievable areas within the organisation’s abilities to deliver.

To extend the operations of the Association activity as a totally independent community organisation in the areas of:

Extension Services – Through involvement in DAFFs Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Reefocus Extension Programme supporting Agricultural Extension services and promoting the outcomes of JRCMA’s own successful projects.

Publicity – Develop a program of publicity focused on identifying, recognising   and promoting the positive, innovative management practices of the industries, individuals and groups within the Catchment to other landholders and to the wider community.

The program will seek to link these positive improving “on ground” outcomes to the health of the Barrier Reef and thereby contributing to a more balanced discussion of this important environmental issue.

Advocacy / Lobbying – Establish and nurture links with Regional Councils, local members of Parliament, State and Federal, and their advisors to identify and promote the needs of catchment community based NRM.