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Fitzroy Partnership for River Health News!

June 2016 edition...

Ready to launch 14-15 Waterway Report Card

The 2014-15 Report Card grading the health of waterways in the Fitzroy Basin will be launched on Friday 24 June 2016 in Rockhampton. 

The fifth Report Card will mark an important milestone for the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health, providing five years of trend data and allowing the Partnership to offer comprehensive comparative analysis and visualisations for waterways across the Basin. The Report Card will include grades for Aquatic Ecosystem Health, Drinking Water for Rockhampton Region and Central Highlands Region townships and suitability of water for stock and cropping throughout the Fitzroy Basin.  Interested partners and community stakeholders are invited to attend the launch and a unique Fitzroy Basin Water Forum to learn more on this day. To view previous Report Cards please click here

Invitation: Water Forum covers hot topics

Partners and stakeholders are invited to attend a Fitzroy Basin Water Forum in conjunction with the launch of the 2014-15 Report Card, to be held at the Empire Conference Centre in Rockhampton from 10am to 3pm on Friday 24 June 2016. 

A comprehensive program of speakers will cover topics such as the Fitzroy Water Infrastructure Projects, the Great Barrier Reef Report Card for 2013-14, Surat Underground Water Impact Report 2016, the Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan, Fitzroy Salinity Model and more. 

To view the invitation and RSVP details please click here.

Seeking Partner support - new Prospectus

We ask our Partners and valued stakeholders for their time to review the 2016-17 Prospectus and Strategic Plan 2016-2021 which should have arrived in the mailbox of many organisations over the past few weeks.

The new Prospectus and Strategic Plan outline in detail the work of the Partnership, our activities and achievements to date, along with our vision and goals for the coming years.  To discuss Partnership opportunities please contact Nathan Johnston, Executive Officer on nathan.johnston@riverhealth.org.au

New HeART of Basin Scholarship underway

Joining with Partner CQUniversity, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health has recently launched its new HeART of the Basin Scholarship, aimed at supporting increased research and understanding of waterway health in the Fitzroy Basin. The new scholarship, initiated to honour the contribution of inaugural Science Panel Chair, Professor Barry Hart, has recently closed its first application round on 5 June 2016.  CQUniversity undergraduate Honours, Masters or PhD Research students were eligible to apply for the $2,000 Scholarship to assist with research expenses for a chosen waterway health topic focussed on Fitzroy Basin waterways.

Not only does it allow the Partnership to support local students, it is hoped the research topics will assist the Partnership in its vision of providing a more complete picture of river health in the Fitzroy Basin.The Scholarship will be offered again in 2017. 

Mindi set for Rocky River Festival. Join us?

Fitzroy Partnership will once again be involved in the Rockhampton River Festival as part of our community engagement efforts to increase awareness of the importance of healthy waterways. 

This year the event will be held from 15-17 July 2016 and the Partnership looks forward to unveiling a new product to educate budding scientists on the day and at Partnership activities in future. 

More students learn to Care for Creeks

The final winning groups for the 2015 Care for Creeks Bursary were presented with their waterway monitoring equipment recently. Gundoo Junior Rangers in Rockhampton and Marlborough State School, just north of Rockhampton were given a demonstration on how to measure the range of indicators of waterway health at their local waterway.
 
The aim is to increase the use of the Fitzroy Partnership for River 
Health MyWater Community portal, to learn more about waterways and the potential impacts of natural events and human activities on waterway health. Check the pulse of your waterway and log your data here.

Exploring the future: Enhanced Monitoring

The Fitzroy Partnership for River Health recently finalised a Monitoring Efficiency Report that reinforced the need for adequate data to be collected for all indicators in all catchments. This review, endorsed by the Management Committee and Science Panel, involved a series of statistical and spatial assessments to inform recommendations on how monitoring efficiency could be improved across the Basin, particularly for the annual waterway health Report Cards. 
 
The main conclusion from this review was that temporal and spatial monitoring gaps for indicators used in the ecosystem health index (EHI) need to be filled as a high priority to ensure annual report cards are more robust and representative.  

As a result of this report, establishment of an Integrated Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program for the Fitzroy Basin is being explored to help try and fill data gaps for existing indicators and to collect data for most of the aspirational indicators. The idea is to implement more comprehensive assessment on a comparatively smaller number of sites than the 200 that are drawn upon to produce the current report card. 

Chief Scientist in Rocky for final GBR report

Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett (pictured here with Nathan Johnston) visited Rockhampton for the second time in two months this week to advise key local stakeholders on the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce's Final Report which was released in May 2016.  

The Taskforce was established to provide the Queensland Government with advice on how it can meet its ambitious water quality targets and the priority areas for investing an additional $90 million over five years. The Taskforce’s key objective is to ensure clean water flows from the rivers to the sea to ensure a healthy Great Barrier Reef. For detail on the final report visit Great Barrier Reef Living Wonder website for more information.

Where does FPRH fit in waterway sphere?

There's local, state and federal government, there's mining, energy, agriculture, research, natural resource management, community organisations and everything in between.  So where does the collective, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health fit? View our newly developed Partnership 'Waterway Map' by clicking here. 
If you would like more information about joining the partnership please contact:

Nathan Johnston - Executive Officer
P: 07 4999 2821 | M: 0400 221 055 | E: nathan.johnston@riverhealth.org.au
 
If you have a more general comment or request, please contact:
 
Luke Ukkola - Science Integration Coordinator
P: 07 4999 2819 | E: luke.ukkola@riverhealth.org.au

Address:
Fitzroy Partnership for River Health
Level 1, 80 East Street
PO Box 139 Rockhampton, QLD 4700
 
FBA is the current host organisation of the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health.

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