The WQIP is an important document that aims to ensure water quality is suitable for human uses and aquatic ecosystem protection. This plan builds upon the 2008 WQIP and describes management interventions for rehabilitation of priority habitats and reduction of pollutant loads from diffuse and point sources.
The plan has been developed to play an important part in guiding the MWI region towards addressing requirements established under the Australian Government’s Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan) and requirements for Healthy Waters Management Plans (HWMPs) specified in section 24 of the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 (EPP (Water)).
This plan will improve the water quality and ecological health of the waterways, estuaries, wetlands, and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) within the Mackay Whitsunday region.
The WQIP is a collaboration of Reef Catchments and the Australian Government, with expert advice and assistance provided by the Healthy Waterways Alliance and regional working groups, through funding from the Australian Government.
Thanks go to all involved stakeholders, including: Mackay Regional Council, Whitsunday Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the Queensland Government, the Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, James Cook University, CQUniversity, Canegrowers, ports authorities, and regional tourism and commerce representatives.
If you have any questions or comments, or require further information, do not hesitate to contact us.
Hard copies are available on request from Reef Catchments or ring 07 4968 4200