The video below is an animated conceptual model of our region developed by the Partnership and Reef Catchments, showing the pressures that impact our waterways and marine environments. Note there is no audio to this video.

You can download Mackay-Whitsunday Water Quality Improvement Plan.

Current pressures in the Region

Current pressures in the Mackay Whitsunday region range from those occurring on an international level, to Reef-wide pressures, and to localised regional pressures. These include:

  • Climate change;
  • Population growth and associated urban, coastal, and industrial development;
  • Cyclones and natural disasters (including drought and major flood events);
  • Coastal development;
  • Ports development and shipping;
  • Agricultural development;
  • Fishing and hunting (recreational, commercial, and traditional);
  • Tourism and recreational use;
  • Litter;
  • Water quality:
    • Diffuse sources (agriculture and urban)
    • Point source (urban and industrial); and
  • Pests and weeds associated with waterway, wetland and marine health:
    • Aquatic flora/fauna
    • Terrestrial flora/fauna
    • Feral pigs.

Mackay Whitsunday Conceptual Model

The conceptual model on this page shows the pressures, impacts, and the responses, in the Mackay-Whitsunday Region.

The Program Design provides more information on the impacts of these pressures on, and associated responses for, the Region.