Healthy rivers and Reef contributing to a prosperous region where people live, work and play.
The Partnership has released the 2014 pilot, the 2015 and 2016 report cards to date.
The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership is a collaboration between community, Traditional Owners, farmers and fishers, industry, science, tourism and government.

2016 waterway health report card released

The 2016 Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef report card has been released. This report card marks the second full report card for the Region and reports environmental condition data from the 2015/16 period, as well as stewardship data from the 2016/17 period. Check out our interactive results page to see the results. You can download the document here.

Cyclone Debbie severely impacted the Region in 2017. The next report card will capture the impacts of this severe weather event. Until then, we have produced a  summary of how the cyclone impacted our waterways and marine environments here in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Region.

What are our Partners doing to improve waterway health? Check out our activities spotlight mapping tool to see what our Partners are doing throughout the Region. 



Who We Are

Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership group in Mackay

The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (the Partnership) consists of 22 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 which aligns and integrates 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.

The Partnership is hosted in the Mackay-Whitsunday Region by
Reef Catchments Limited.

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