The Partnership is gearing up for the release of our first full report card later this year – planned for late October.
Our priority is to improve on the pilot report card released in October 2015 by ensuring that we access all available data, co-invest in new work including with Traditional Owners, and identify priority gaps and how to address these. Some gaps will not be filled this year such as estuarine and marine fish indicators; this is a relatively new area for monitoring and so we are working with a range of partners, research institutions and government agencies to ensure we develop a methodology that is rigorous and can be used in other regions.
We are also working on a new website that will incorporate the data that underpins the report card and so make the results more accessible for anyone interested.
There’s a lot happening in the Mackay-Whitsunday region. We hope that the following newsletter gives you a sense of all this good work.
Chair, Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership