“Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd (DBCT P/L) has been part of the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership since its inception. We value the Partnership’s work, as well as the network it creates for Mackay and the Whitsundays. Being a member of the Partnership has enabled DBCT P/L to work with Mackay Regional Council and others on environmental projects. These activities progress our environmental and waterway goals, and were strongly assisted through the relationships developed by the Partnership.”
– Ricci Churchill, Manager Safety, Risk and Environment, DBCT P/L

Ricci Churchill.

“The Partnership model is one I think we could learn from and implement in other areas, including economic development. It is such a mix of people and groups, and yet it works. You’d think we’d be poles apart in our views, but we’re not. When you can have a discussion and be frank, and still be there for the common good, it’s a good outcome. I’ve now got a better understanding of the other sectors, as they do of tourism and what we’re trying to achieve. I’m better versed on the challenges and opportunities in this space.”
– Cr Al Grundy, Councillor for Division 2


The Partnership provides a platform to share information and combine existing data sets which allows us to identify trends and find where gaps lay. Establishing a baseline of the current condition of our waterways is very important to us. In order to see where we are going and to plan for the future, it is imperative we understand what the current state of play is.
We can then focus on improving the situation where required.”
– Luke Galea, Supervisor – Waterways, Mackay Regional Council


“Canegrowers Mackay is a proud founding member of the Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership. Reports produced by the Partnership have enabled us to feel confident in our discussions with state and federal governments about what needs to be done in our region. It will be great to see adequately funded positive actions come from this information in the years ahead.”
– Kevin Borg, Chair, CANEGROWERS Mackay


A major benefit of the Partnership is the breadth of stakeholders that are involved working together. The Partnership provides a forum that brings together diverse organisations specifically on initiatives to improve both the condition of, and our understanding of, water quality. This understanding is essential to good waterway health decision-making and management”
– Adam Folkers, Manager (Health, Environment & Climate) Whitsunday Regional Council

Adam Folkers.