Healthy rivers and Reef contributing to a prosperous region where people live, work and play.


To celebrate 10 years of the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, we are calling for creative submissions – photography, drawing mixed media, film, writing and more!

Creative submissions should focus on waterways in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions. Entrants will be in the running to win some amazing prizes, and will also have their artwork displayed as part of the Mackay Festival of Arts.

Entries close 5pm, Friday 7th June.

View the competition details.


We are giving away a brand new iPhone 15 (valued at over $1,500). Let us know your views on our region’s waterways to be in the running!

Participants must be over 18 years old and live in the Mackay, Whitsunday or Isaac region.

We will ask you questions about how you use and value our waterways, what you think of the current condition of local rivers, coasts and marine environments; and your opinion on how these are managed.

The survey is completely anonymous and should take less than 15 minutes.

This survey is being conducted in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and with funding and support provided by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Queensland Government’s Reef Water Quality Program, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

2023 Stewardship Report


Our Stewardship Report is a celebration of projects and initiatives to maintain and improve waterway health in our region. The collection of stories is an impressive showcase of the breadth and variety of Stewardship activities that our Partners are involved in from investment, monitoring, on-ground action and everything in between. Our Stewardship Report demonstrates the power of collaboration and working together for healthy rivers and Reef.

Released every year, the 2023 edition is the Partnership’s fifth publication.

If you would like physical copies of Above and Beyond sent to your school, business or organisation, please, contact us.

The 2022 Report Card


Released in July 2023, the 2022 Report Card assesses the condition of waterways in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region based on data collected between July 2021 and June 2022.

It assesses a variety of environmental indicators including freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments, as well as human dimensions such as litter, urban water management and cultural heritage sites.

If you would like physical copies of the Report Card for your business, school or organisation, contact us.

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