Roles of the different governance groups
One of the key objectives of any partnership model is to ensure commitment and participation from all members of the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership. Commitment to the Partnership is through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by all partners. It is expected that the Partnership will meet twice a year and provide updates to all partners on progress. The Partnership is independently chaired.
The Mackay Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Management Committee is an Executive Committee of the Partnership and provides guidance on operational matters. The Committee meets every six to eight weeks and oversees management of the report card program design, budget, communication plans etc. Representation on the Committee includes up to two industry, community, and government representatives respectively as well as the Partnership Chair and Deputy Chair. The recommended structure and membership of the Committee seeks to ensure adequate and balanced representation across the partners.
Technical Working Group
A collaborative Technical Working Group (TWG) has been established to identify and coordinate available monitoring data and modelling information, identify critical gaps and develop the report card methodology and design, across the Mackay-Whitsunday and Wet Tropics Partnerships. The TWG is supported by the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership Technical Officer. Terms of Reference for the TWG can be found here.
Membership of the TWG is skills-based and includes experts and data custodians across different organisations. Technical Officer’s from both Partnerships work closely with officers from these organisations to identify datasets, and develop an agreed methodology for report card grades and report card design.
Independent Science Panel
To ensure the report card is based on best available independent science, the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan (2017-2022) Independent Science Panel (Reef ISP) provides advice, and reviews and endorses methodologies, systems and processes used to develop the report card.
The Reef ISP has agreed to this expanded role and will also provide advice on how best to nest regional report cards within the wider context of Great Barrier Reef report cards.
Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Bodies
The role of the Regional NRM bodies within the Partnership is to provide technical and communication support to develop the Mackay-Whitsunday Report Card. The two regional NRM bodies for the Partnership are Reef Catchments and NQ Dry Tropics.
The Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership Technical Officer works with the existing NRM regional working groups who provide a strong knowledge base for the Region. The technical officers liaise with the officers supporting these working groups or participate in the working groups when possible.
Knowledge and information obtained through these regional working groups will be made available via the technical officers to the TWG and ISP when required.