2023 Stewardship Report

Stewardship Reports

Above and Beyond is a celebration of sustainability initiatives underway or completed in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region. Learn about the actions and projects being delivered by partners and other organisations to improve our environment and importantly, our region’s waterway health.

In our latest edition, we celebrate the different types of Stewardship such as investment, monitoring and on-ground action and how these are most effective when combined.

By working together our Partners combine their individual strengths, resources and expertise to achieve more for our waterways and Great Barrier Reef.

Read the report here.

2022 Above and Beyond Stewardship MagazineIn the 2022 edition, many of partners have collaborated on projects to maintain and improve waterway health, showing that more can be achieved by working together for healthy rivers and Reef. View the report here.

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.

2022-23 Annual Report

Annual Reports

Healthy Rivers to Reef’s Annual Report provides an overview of the Partnership’s activities and achievements throughout the previous financial year.  From 2014 to 2020, the Partnership released a three-yearly report. In 2021, we moved to an annual release.

2021-22 Annual ReportRead about our achievements across the 2021-22 Financial Year here.

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

2017-2020 Annual Report

Read the 2017 – 2020 Annual Report Summary covering events and activities over the three-year period.

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.

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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.


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.