MackayWhitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership 3 slide

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Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership 3 slide introduction National Waterway Report Card Networkshop

Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership 3 slide introduction National Waterway Report Card Networkshop Adelaide March 2018

The Partnership (23 members) is 4 years old

The Partnership (23 members) is 4 years old

Three report cards down 2016 report card: take homes • • • 2013/14 environmental

Three report cards down 2016 report card: take homes • • • 2013/14 environmental and social/economi c data 2014/15 stewardship data • • 2014/15 environmental data 2015/16 stewardship, economic and cultural heritage data • • • 2015/16 environmental data 2016/17 stewardship and economic/social use data • • • Region hit by severe TC Debbie in 2017 Pesticides still an issue in the Region Lower than average rainfall mean WQ scores similar to previous years WQ in Whitsunday inshore marine zone decreasing Seagrass/coral improving (but prior to Debbie) Region largely unscathed from major bleaching events Reported on marine debris for first time Stewardship scores similar to previous years

What have we got in the pipeline? Future Report card improvements: • Lag time

What have we got in the pipeline? Future Report card improvements: • Lag time issue • New freshwater WQ sites to improve confidence scores • Southern inshore project • Estuarine/freshwater flow indicator development • New freshwater fish community health data • Additional Indigenous cultural heritage assessments • Human dimensions (social, economic and governance) Other projects: • 5 year monitoring plan • Report card automation • Possible marine debris reporting system • Needs analysis into the fate of pesticides • Taking a closer look at Whitsunday reefs impacted by Debbie Partners Forum on 20 th and 21 st March! Targets, actions, role of the Partnership…