BHP has now joined the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, with a financial contribution spread over three years to assist in the gathering of technical data to better understand the health of the waterways in an area that stretches from Home Hill (in the north) to Flaggy Creek in the Carmila region (southern boundary) and into the marine area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The latest Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef report card has been released. This report card marks the second full report card for the Region and reports environmental condition data from the 2015/16 period, as well as stewardship data from the 2016/17 period. Check out our interactive results page to see the results. You can download the document as a 3MB pdf.
Cyclone Debbie severely impacted the Region in 2017. The next report card will capture the impacts of this severe weather event. Until then, we have produced a summary of how the cyclone impacted our waterways and marine environments in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Region.
A group of concerned sugar cane growers has been working with a range of organisations to conduct their own pesticide monitoring..
The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (the Partnership) consists of 23 partners from community, industry, science, tourism, and government. The geographic area of the Partnership covers the catchments of the Don, O’Connell, Proserpine, Pioneer, and Plane basins, the urban area of Mackay, the ports of Abbot Point, Mackay, and Hay Point, marinas, and the coastal marine area.
The Partnership supports the development of an annual Mackay-Whitsunday report card, which takes a nested approach to reporting and which aligns and integrates a range of regional monitoring programs. The Partnership is also seeking to take a whole-of-catchment approach to planning, and will integrate management approaches across organisations (e.g. looking at how the Mackay-Whitsunday Water Quality Improvement Plan, Reef Water Quality Protection Plan and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, and other activities of partners, can help improve waterway health).
The Partnership draws on existing programs and collaborations, where possible, to ensure as much consistency across Queensland report cards, such as using the Reef 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.