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

The Partnership has released the 2014 pilot, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 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.
Cover for 2018 report card.


The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership has launched the region’s latest waterway health report card for 2018. These are the most comprehensive scores yet, and are specific to the Mackay, Isaac and Greater Whitsunday area. From Prossie to the Pioneer Valley, find out how your waterway scored.

This year’s scores revealed our freshwaters were rich in native fish species. This is great news for the local community and highlights the importance of protecting our waterways from pest fish and other future threats.

The new waterway health report card for the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region also continues to tell the water quality story for the Bowen region, in the Don basin. The Don basin scored a ‘Moderate’ for overall waterway health, but achieved a ‘Good’ for water quality.



The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (HR2RP) represents 27 organisations committed to understanding and improving the health of Mackay-Whitsunday waterways and marine environments. From ports and resources, to agriculture, conservation and natural resource management, research and Traditional Owners – diversity amongst Partners ensures all sectors are at the table. The Partnership allows collective access to the best available science in waterway and marine monitoring programs, representing an investment of more than $4 million on an annual basis.

Our commitment is to:

  • Confirm a long term approach to the management of the region’s waterways and marine environment in a holistic manner
  • Communicate information effectively
  • Support decision making
  • Be specific to the Mackay-Whitsunday region

The Partnership draws on existing programs and collaborations, where possible, to ensure as much consistency across Queensland report cards, such as using the Reef 2050 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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