Our Vision: A region that is resilient and adaptive to change; where people, the environment, production, and development, exist together in balance.
The natural and human environments of the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region contribute to our identity, culture, lifestyle and economy. This social and economic wealth is inextricably connected to our natural resource base, so it is essential this remains healthy and viable.
Our region faces challenges from a number of issues including water scarcity and quality, invasive species, inappropriate urban development, and climate change. If allowed to degrade, restoration of these assets will be at a significant cost, with some impossible to replace.
The NRM Plan takes a strategic approach that considers what natural assets we have collectively as a region, and wherein the landscape these assets might be maintained, restored or enhanced.
The NRM Plan contains agreed outcomes and management actions for protecting and restoring our natural assets. It is a non-statutory plan and provides a framework for a partnership approach to guide the strategic and efficient use of resources and funding.
The NRM Plan is fundamentally a community plan that is guided, endorsed, and owned by the day-to-day stewards of the land — the Mackay, Whitsunday, and Isaac community. Developing the plan has required extensive input and agreement from diverse sectors, including landholders, Traditional Owners, industry, and state and local government. Reef Catchments has worked with the community to write the plan and to develop a new and unified vision for the future of the region’s natural resources.
For more information please contact Reef Catchments or telephone (07) 4968 4200.