Fitzroy Partnership for River Health News!

September 2016 edition....

New sampling guide to support community

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health has created a Water Sampling and Monitoring Guide as a new resource. The guide provides a step by step approach for each of the waterway health indicators relevant to the MyWater portal. The objective of the guide is to increase involvement by the community in water monitoring. The resource is available to download from the MyWater community portal website and is also available in hard copy for interested community stakeholders. 

Please spread the message to your own school, community and citizen 'scientists' to get involved!

Fitzroy Partnership expertise in demand

Since commencement in 2012, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health have released five Report Cards grading the health of catchments in the Fitzroy Basin. During this time, the Partnership have expanded their capacity to inform the public about waterway health by producing hard-copy report cards, as well as informative and appealing online reporting that enables viewers to explore the detail.

In the past twelve months, this expertise has attracted attention, and Fitzroy Partnership for River Health staff have been busy supporting other Queensland waterway reporting initiatives, including Fitzroy WQIP, Mackay Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership Report Card, and more recently the GBR Reef Report Card. The Partnership draws upon their expertise to offer a niche service that enables clients to easily turn results into simple and appealing web-based visualisations. The goal of these products is to improve the end user experience and understanding of waterway results. If interested in this service, please contact or phone (07) 4999 2821. 

New Maisy the Mayfly education resource

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health released a new, giant game on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at FLOW Visitor Centre with a special new snakes and ladders ‘Maisy the Mayfly’ resource joining their Mindi the Barramundi two metre barramundi mascot to spread the message of waterway health in the Fitzroy Basin.

Visiting primary students from Sacred Heart School Yeppoon were the first to try out the new 9 square metre game, which includes messages about the health of Fitzroy Basin waterways from a waterbug's perspective.

“Our school students are the future so we want to inform their young minds and get them thinking about the fact that everyone has a part to play in waterway health including agriculture, industry and our urban communities,” said Mr Johnston.

To inquire about using the educational resource at your school or community event, please contact Fitzroy Partnership for River Health.

Partner welcome to Jellinbah & Origin

The Partnership is a collective of 21 motivated organisations committed to providing a clearer picture of waterway health in the Fitzroy Basin.  In tough economic times we appreciate the ongoing support of many partners.  In 2016-17 we welcome back Jellinbah Resources and Origin Energy to the Partnership.   All current and past Partners and waterway stakeholders should have received a Prospectus in the mail recently. If your organisation would like to discuss membership of the Partnership please get in touch. 

Waterway Report Card Network catches up

The fourth catch-up for the Waterway Report Card Network was held via teleconference recently. The group met to share ideas and learnings. The group discussed several pertinent topics, including Governance, Management Effectiveness Reporting, Engagement and Promotion. The next meeting will be held later this year, with plans for a broader workshop being considered for Semester 1, 2017. Please contact Nathan for those actively involved in developing or delivering waterway report cards who may be interested in joining the network.

FPRH: Staff update

Nathan Johnston will be on extended leave in September/October 2016, travelling to the USA for a holiday and to represent Australia alongside his brother in the 35-39 Age Group category at the 2016 Oklahoma ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships.

Luke Ukkola, Science Integration Coordinator for the Partnership will be the primary contact while Nathan is away. Please contact for any urgent matters.
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:
If you have a more general comment or request, please contact:
Luke Ukkola - Science Integration Coordinator
P: 07 4999 2819 | E:

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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