Our Region

The Burnett Mary Region encompasses a land area of more than 56,000 square kilometres and a marine area of almost 10,000 square kilometres.

Geography

The region covers five major river basins:

  • Baffle
  • Burnett
  • Burrum
  • Kolan
  • Mary

Our coastal area starts in the north at the Eurimbula National Park and Bustard Bay down to Wide Bay. It includes the RAMSAR listed Great Sandy Strait Wetland of international significance and the World Heritage listed Fraser Island and a part of the Cooloola Coast.

Inland, our region includes Mary Valley, Maleny, the Bunya Mountains and the regional towns of Kingaroy, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto.

Industry

Extensive primary production is conducted within the region including, cane, horticulture, citrus and tree crops, grain crops, viticulture, dairy and grazing. Commercial forestry and tourism are also major industries represented within the region.

Population

Approximately 300,000 people live rural, regional and coastal lifestyles and the region is one of the fastest growing regions within Australia.

Biodiversity

The region is incredibly biodiverse and contains many unique and endangered species such as

  • Marine turtles such as the Loggerhead and Green
  • Significant proportion of the East Coast Grey Nurse Shark population
  • Mary River Cod
  • Mary River Turtle
  • Spotted Quoll
  • Isis Tamarind
  • Goodwood Gum
  • Threatened Ecological communities – Brigalow and Littoral Rainforest

Annual_Report_10_11_final2_77.jpgGreat Sandy Biosphere

In 2009, BMRG championed nomination for a significant portion of our region to be designated by UNESCO as Biosphere Reserve. In addition to international recognition for the outstanding natural values contained within our region, the Great Sandy Biosphere aims to increase community understanding and involvement in finding ways to live more sustainably.