The Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) urban system repair program began July 2013 as a means to identify, prioritise and implement management actions to improve urban water quality and protect and enhance native vegetation and biodiversity across waterways, wetlands (constructed and natural), estuarine and coastal environment with the MWI. The program was funded by the Australian Government under the Reef Programme and concluded in June 2016. Urban rehabilitation works included:
- public access management for water quality and habitat management
- erosion control for water quality and sediment reduction
- flow management for fish passage & waterhole persistence
- bed and bank management for waterhole persistence and aquatic habitat enhancement
- riparian restoration (weed control and revegetation) for connectivity and bank stability
Concurrent to on ground works, this program aimed to target education, knowledge sharing and capacity building for community groups, land managers, local government, industry and other stakeholders. Education and engagement activities generated stakeholder commitment and ownership to long-term project maintenance. Activities under this program were delivered through a combination of contractors, partnerships with local governments, coastal land managers, and community volunteers.
The achievements of the urban system repair program, particularly strong partnerships and on-ground outcomes, will used as a means to promote future investment into the MWI region.
The urban system repair program values the significant contributions of the following project partners:
- Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
- Department of National Parks, Sport and Recreation
- Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks and Association
- Isaac Regional Council
- Mackay Regional Council
- North Queensland Bulk Ports
- Pioneer Catchment and Landcare Group
- Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Authority
- Whitsundays Catchment Landcare Group
- Whitsundays Regional Council
All urban collaborations showcase a highly successful partnership between Reef Catchments, its stakeholders, and the wider local community.
Urban Think Tank (UTT)
The MWI urban think tank provides an effective forum to discuss regional urban water quality and native habitat priorities among stakeholders. It is hosted by Reef Catchments and attended by Local and State Government Agencies. The UTT is proud to have completed the regions first Urban ABCD framework for incorporation into the MWI Water Quality Improvement Plan 2014-21. The Urban ABCD framework provides a means to promote the adoption of improved urban management practices within the region. Please contact Stefanie Wabnik if you would like to represent your organisation at this forum.