Mackay-Whitsunday region set to receive first waterway health report card

Aerial photo of Mackay Whitsunday waterways

Coastal communities have a strong and enduring connection with their waterways.

A new report card specific for the Mackay Whitsunday region will highlight the health of waterways and in particular identify local impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.

Due for release later this year, the report card will provide information about the health and condition of local freshwater rivers, wetlands, estuaries and coastal and marine environments. Catchments and estuaries covered include the Don, Proserpine, Pioneer, O’Connell and Plane basins, as well as the inshore and offshore marine and reef areas.

These waterways influence the lifestyles and livelihoods of the community, by providing a wide range of recreation uses from fishing, to boating and diving, along with supporting the regional economy through jobs in tourism, fishing and charter boats.

The report card is being developed by the Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, a collaboration of 28 partners from across the community. The Partnership is founded on a shared vision for the region’s rivers and reefs – to ensure they are healthy and contribute to a prosperous and iconic region where people visit, live, work and play.

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Di Tarte, Chair  |  Mackay Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership

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