We have compiled answers to some frequently asked questions about the Partnership. If you require further information, please contact us. 

Partnership questions

The Partnership’s primary purpose is the development of the annual waterway health report card and addressing data gaps in the 2015 report card. As data gaps are filled, the report card will better highlight priority areas for investment on new, innovative, and enhanced management activities. Currently the Partnership showcases the programs, including on-ground projects, undertaken by Partners aimed at improving waterway health, via the Activities Spotlight and associated mapping product.

Membership of the Partnership is open to organisations or community representatives with an interest in maintaining, and where necessary improving the health of the five catchments, the urban area of Mackay, the ports of Abbot Point, Mackay and Hay Point, marinas and the adjacent coastal marine areas of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Membership contributions are tiered according to the type and size of the member organisation and payable on an annual basis.


Funding Category  Annual Membership Contribution (excl. GST)  Example of who could be in this category  Vote
 Contributing Partners
 Tier 1  $1,000-$5,000*  Local Businesses, Small Companies and Small public utilities, small (regional) charities/not-for-profits, Peak Industry Associations  Yes
 Tier 2  $5000-10,000**  Regional NRM Bodies, Medium Companies, Medium public utilities, large (State or National) charities/not-for-profits, Universities, and Research Organisations  Yes
 Tier 3  $25,000-$100,000*  Large Companies/Industry/Coal Terminals, Port Authority  Yes
 Government Tier  $20,000**  Regional Council  Yes
 $100,000  Commonwealth Government  Yes
 $250,000  State Government  Yes
 Nominal $50  Community  Yes
 Nominal $50  Traditional Owners  Yes
 N/A  Interested non-members  No

Access to reliable and scientifically supported information

The Partnership aims to inform Partners about waterways and Reef health through understanding monitoring and results that are collated and distributed to Partners first.

Community recognition and promotion

Partners have an opportunity to be recognised as an active participant in not only reporting on the health of the Region’s waterways, but also being connected with the management of one of the world’s greatest assets- the Great Barrier Reef.

Collaborative opportunities

The Partnership offers the opportunity to network and build relationships between organisations, whilst engaging with community and government.

The Partnership has come together with a shared vision for healthy rivers and reef contributing to a prosperous and iconic region where people visit, live, work, and play. The primary purpose of the Partnership is to develop an annual Mackay-Whitsunday regional waterway health report card. The report card uses the best independent science and integrates a range of GBR-wide and regional monitoring programs to measure waterway health in an environmental, social, economic, and cultural context. By drawing on information from existing monitoring programs, duplications and gaps can be identified, and more easily communicated to the community in a cost effective way.

The Partnership is a collaboration between community, Traditional Owners, industry, agriculture, tourism, science, fishers, and all levels of government with an interest in waterway health across five regional river basins that include eight estuaries, and out to the marine areas and adjacent Great Barrier Reef.

Partners have a common vision to provide a more complete picture of waterway health, contributing to a prosperous and iconic region where people visit, live, work, and play.

Partners support this vision by providing funding, and resources, and contributing monitoring data where available.

The Partnership was formally established in October 2014 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Additionally, a consolidated set of agreements have been developed and agreed upon by the Partnership to ensure that all Partners have a common understanding of the governance and operation of the Partnership.  Membership is renewed on a financial year basis.

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Reef Catchments has been endorsed by the Partnership as host organisation for the Partnership. Reef Catchments represent an excellent host for the Partnership due to their involvement in extensive regional initiatives directly relevant to the Partnership and the annual waterway health report card.

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