The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (the Partnership) was established in 2014 to produce an annual report card for the Region, which covers from Home Hill in the north to Flaggy Rock Creek in the south, including the freshwater and marine environment (to the eastern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park).

Healthy Rivers to Reef 2015 report card.The 2015 report card represents the first full waterway health report card for the Region. The primary objective of the report card is to effectively communicate to the community scientifically sound and independent information at a relevant scale.

Since the release of the 2015 report card in October 2016, many improvements have been made to methodologies and scoring of the report card’s environmental indicators. This has meant amendments to previously reported scores in the 2015 report card. These amendments allow for direct comparison of results between reporting years.  These up-to-date scores can be viewed on our interactive results page.

These improvements reflect the Partnership’s commitment to continued improvement and use of the most up-to-date science. Please contact the Partnership if you are interested in seeing the original 2015 report card and technical reports.

What was new in the  2015 report card?

  • New fish community health and fish-barrier indicators were added and provided an important gauge for native fish health and diversity. A newly developed flow indicator in the 2017 report card will complete the picture.
  • Cutting edge new cultural indicators showed Cape Hillsborough and islands of the Whitsundays are home to some very important cultural heritage sites.
  • Stewardship scores across all industries in the Region were similar to the previous year.


See answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The Role of the Reef Independent Scientific Panel

To ensure the validity of both the assessment methodology and the data used in the report cards, review by the Reef Independent Science Panel (ISP) was included at key points during the development of the report card. Specifically, the ISP reviewed the assessment methodologies for all data included in the 2014 pilot and 2015 report cards. Further details on the assessment methodologies and data can be found in the technical reports which accompany the 2015 and 2014 pilot report cards.