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Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership Panel members, from left: 
Matthew Fullerton (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection), Katrina Dent (Partnership deputy chair and Reef Catchments), David Wachenfeld (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), Partnership Chair Di Tarte, Kevin Kane (North Queensland Bulk Ports), Dan Staley (Whitsunday Regional Council , Kerry Latter (Canegrowers), Lance Murray (Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance), Samarla Deshong (Koinjmal Traditional Owner), David Brewer (CSIRO), Partnership executive officer Charlie Morgan and Ellen Roberts (Mackay Conservation Group).

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Healthy Rivers to Reef – a collaboration between 22 partners from community, Traditional Owners, farmers and fishers, industry, science, tourism and government.

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Students of the sea

It’s not your everyday classroom, but the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands have offered 35 local Mackay students a truly memorable marine lesson.

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Reef Catchments aims to assist farmers with the implementation of best management practice, ultimately aimed at reducing water run-off impacting the Great Barrier Reef and improve the long term viability of farms within the region.



Reef Catchments River Restoration Projects and Healthy Waterways Program seek to advance science and standards of practice of river restoration and improving the health of the waterways throughout the region through education and community participation programs.

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Biodiversity is defined as the variety of species, their genetic types and the ecosystems they form when they interact together. The conservation of biodiversity is not a luxury; it is essential to the long-term social and economic well being of society.

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Reef Catchments has developed a range of fire management tools in consultation with Volunteer Rural Fire Brigades, Fire Wardens, fire scientists and key landholders to support their fire management activities.

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Over 2700 exotic plant and 73 exotic animal species have been introduced into Australia, severely impacting agriculture systems, urban areas and the natural environment.