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After 5 years we say thank you to Julie Boyd, and welcome new Chair

At the end of June, long standing Chair of the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, Julie Boyd handed the reins over to incoming Chair and previous Executive Officer Charlie Morgan.

As a former Mayor of Mackay, Julie’s strength in advocating for action in protecting and maintaining waterway health was greatly appreciated by the Partners and team, as was her strong connections in the natural resource sector and broader community.

After five years in the role, Julie is the longest serving Chair across the five regional Report Card Partnerships and over that time has seen a lot of changes. The Partnership grew to 34 members, and in 2019 we published the first Stewardship Magazine – a compendium of Partner projects showcasing what the Partnership is doing to maintain or improve waterway health.

Julie said she was most proud of seeing the different partner organisations coming together for one common purpose.

“The beauty of the Partnership is the diversity of organisations that are seated around the table, united by the interests of protecting their local environment,” Julie said.

Julie Boyd holding the 2021 Report Card and 2022 Stewardship Magazine.
Julie Boyd holding the 2021 Report Card launch in October 2022.

“There aren’t many situations where you would have these different stakeholders – from all levels of government, agriculture, and industry, working with environmental organisations and community groups in a truly collaborative way for the benefit of the community.

“The Partnership really is unique, and I’m proud to have been a part of it – as should all the Partners.”

In welcoming the new Chair, Julie said she was confident that the Partnership will continue to be a great avenue for collaboration and driver for regional investment.

“I wish Charlie and the Partnership all the best as they continue to work towards providing a complete picture of regional waterway health; and help guide action and investment to protect our waterways and Great Barrier Reef catchment for years to come,” she said.

“In the lead up to Partnership’s 10-year anniversary in 2024, I’m excited to see what is achieved in this next chapter.”

Kev Kane and Julie Boyd.
Kev Kane (North Queensland Bulk Ports) and Julie Boyd at the 2018 Report Card Launch.
Carlos Bueno and Julie Boyd.
Carlos Bueno (Reef Catchments) and Julie Boyd during Julie's first year as Chair.