Stewardship Reports

The Stewardship Report – Above and Beyond created by the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership (HR2RP) is a celebration of sustainability initiatives enacted in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region. These actions undertaken by the partnership organisations, individuals, local business and community organisations with the aim to improve our environment and importantly, our communities waterway health.

Our latest edition of the ‘Above and Beyond’ report features a diverse range of stories, initiatives and insights into how organisations across the region prioritised waterway health during the 2020-21 financial year. View the report here.

Cover Stewardship Report 2020In this second edition of the report, you will find 20 stories of organisations that have gone “Above and Beyond” for waterway health. View the interactive report here.

Cover for Mackay Whitsunday Isaac stewardship report 2018.We released our first ‘management response’ report in 2019 – a compendium of Partner projects to showcase what the Partnership is doing to maintain or improve waterway health. Take a look here.


Annual Reports

Healthy Rivers to Reef’s Annual Report covers all major regional activities that the Partnership is involved in. Our first report covered the Partnership’s first three years since inception (2014-2017), the second 2017 to December 2020. From the 2021 FY, we have moved to annual production.

Take a look back on all our achievements across the 2021 Financial Year here.

We have produced an Annual Report Summary to highlight our activities during this time period. Click here to see the report.

In its first three years, Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership achieved a great deal. We have produced an Annual Report Summary to highlight our activities during this time period. Click here to see the report.


Program Plan

The Partnership’s Program Plan outlines our operational and strategic objectives, regional investment priorities, technical program and communications/engagement strategy.

The Partnership’s 2019-2022 Program Plan covers objectives, priorities, our technical program and budget information since the Partnership’s inception in 2014.

Diver near the reef.

Historical Water Quality Decline in the Whitsundays


CSIRO/AIMS recently delivered a project (funded by the Australian Government) to investigate the historical decline in water quality experienced by tourism operators in the Whitsundays. Read the summary report here and the full report here.

Partners at report card launch.

Partners Forum

Our Partners forums are one way in which our partners come together to determine the future direction of the Partnership. These meetings include everything from priority projects to report card results, to brainstorming new innovative ideas.

Partners came together in March 2018 to discuss the future direction of the Partnership. Topics such as the role of the Partnership in response to report card results and priority projects to improve the report card were discussed in detail. Our full report contains all the key information from the event, whilst our 2 page summary is a useful quick reference.


Regional Features

These reports cover important news and climatic events in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Region.

The Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership launched the first collective post-cyclone regional update for the state of the Whitsundays.

From river restoration and coral flipping, to tourism, and a 1902 ship equipped with state of the art monitoring equipment – the document focuses on the environmental and social impact of the cyclone, and the action that has since taken place.

View the feature. 

Person with pole next to water.

Sandy Creek Grower-Led WQ Case Study

Concerned sugarcane growers in the Sandy Creek area initiated a water quality monitoring program in 2015/16 in response to high pesticide concentrations detected in routine catchment monitoring programs. Find out more about the project here.