Launch of new report card for Mackay-Whitsunday waterway health
A new pilot report on the health of Mackay-Whitsunday waterways has highlighted data gaps and the need for more action to be taken to secure the long-term health of our basins, estuaries and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership pilot report card has launched in Mackay. Still in the early phases, the report clearly highlights missing links in water quality monitoring and research, while also identifying regional strengths and key areas of concern.
Who We Are
The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (the Partnership) was launched on 1 October 2014 and consists of 28 partners from community, industry, science, tourism and government. The geographic area of the Partnership covers the catchments of the Don, O’Connell, Proserpine, Pioneer and Plane basins, the urban area of Mackay, the ports of Abbot Point, Mackay and Hay Point, marinas, and the coastal marine area.
The Partnership supports the development of an annual Mackay-Whitsunday report card, which takes a nested approach to reporting and will align and integrate a range of regional monitoring programs. The Partnership is also seeking to take a whole-of-catchment approach to planning, and will integrate management approaches across organisations (e.g. looking at how the Mackay-Whitsunday Water Quality Improvement Plan, Reef Water Quality Protection Plan and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, and other activities of partners, can help improve waterway health).
The Partnership draws on existing programs and collaborations, where possible, to ensure as much consistency across Queensland report cards, such as using the Reef Plan Independent Science Panel. More detail on how existing programs are being integrated into the Mackay-Whitsunday report card is provided in the Program Design.