| Welcome to the last Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef e-newsletter for 2016.
This has been a busy year, with the release of the region’s first full waterway health report card in October, following the development of a pilot report card last year.
The report card includes brand new indicators and datasets including fish community health and fish barrier assessments, water quality in the central inshore zone (off Mackay) and urban stewardship indicators. For the first time the report card also assesses the value and condition of a number of indigenous cultural heritage sites relevant to the region’s waterways and marine environments. You can access the results of both report cards released to date on our brand new interactive data platform here.
Importantly, the Partnership has also focussed on collating a database of activities completed to date which are aimed at improving waterway health. This database will be used to identify where critical gaps in on-ground activities exist and will assist in informing management arrangements for report card ‘hotspots’ in the future.
We look forward to continually enhancing and improving our report card, including the development of new environmental indicators such as river flow and new social indicators such as community stewardship in 2017. We hope you all have a very happy and safe Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2017.
Please note: Partnership staff will be on leave from 23rd December 2016 – 7th January 2017.
Chair, Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership