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Welcome to the Partnership’s first newsletter for 2016.

 Let me also welcome our new project support officer, Emma Carlos who started in mid-January. Emma has a background in environmental sciences and will play the crucial role of assisting our executive officer, Charlie Morgan to deliver a wide-ranging technical, networking and communications work program in 2016.

With the launch of the Mackay-Whitsunday pilot report card in October last year, we are now working with the Partnership’s Technical Working Group to confirm indicators, identify gaps and start the data collection work to ensure that our first Report Card due later this year is more comprehensive.   It would be great to hear from partners as to how you found the pilot report card.  Is it useful? How can it be improved? Have you shown it to anyone else and what have been their reactions?

We would love to hear from other potential partners who would like to be involved. We believe the benefits of joining the Partnership are many … being associated with the regional report card, contributing to discussions on how to improve the Mackay-Whitsunday waterways, meeting and working with other waterway savvy organisations, staying up-to-date on the many waterway, industry and Great Barrier Reef-related programs underway in the Queensland and Australian governments.

We are planning to produce this e-newsletter bi-monthly, so please keep it in mind to promote your waterway-related initiatives and events.

Di Tarte
Chair, Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership

Read the full newsletter here.

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