Recapping the Healthy Waterways Symposium and Awards

Jun 22, 2012 | ,

More than one hundred and fifty delegates attended the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Healthy Waterways Symposium and Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards three-day program at CQUniversity. Delegates represented state and local government, industry groups, research institutions, environmental consultants, community and non-profit natural resource management organisations from the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville.

Seventeen presenters contributed to the Speakers Program bringing the latest in research, monitoring, management, reporting and extension for improved water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchments to the Mackay Whitsunday region. Dr Siwan Lovett opened the program with her keynote talk on promoting resilience in ourselves and our community. Her reminder to all to reflect on ‘why we do what we do’ inspired several presenters to share their own stories of the passion that led them dedicate their professional life to help manage our natural environment.

Reef Catchments Phil Trendell commented, “In natural resource management, I find that sometimes I focus on why people aren’t working with me or the program (and then try to change to suit them!).  Siwan’s presentation made me think about focusing on the people that do want to work with me and channel that positive energy and participation. I also tend to focus on presenting outputs and processes without engaging the listeners and letting them know why I want to work in natural resource management or why I am here telling them about it. “

The inaugural Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards created opportunities for local schools and community organisation with outstanding water quality initiatives to enter for a share in the $2000 cash prize money. The Awards also offered peer recognition for efforts to improve water quality in the region.  Sustainable agriculture as well as exemplary water quality monitoring and management programs from industry and government were also awarded.

The 2012 Healthy Waterways Symposium was possible with the support of our sponsors:

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

Queensland Government

Bronze Sponsor

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

And our sponsors for the inaugural Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards:

Community Award

Canegrowers Mackay

Urban Business Award

North Queensland Bulk Ports

Rural Industry Award

Reef Water Quality Protection Plan

Schools Award

Reef Catchments

We look forward to joining our regional NRM community again for Healthy Waterways Symposium and Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards in 2013.