Healthy Waterways Alliance Mackay Whitsunday Isaac December 2011
Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac

Alliance news


Since the launch of the Healthy Waterways Alliance last April, members of the Alliance Panel and Think Tanks have been have been working toward the Vision for a 'productive and liveable region with resilient waterways and ecosystems'.

The Ecosystem Water Quality Think Tank is revising the regional water quality monitoring program that will help to update Mackay Whitsunday Water Quality Management Plan II (2015-2021).

Right now Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac local government water management and urban planning experts are testing an urban ABCD management framework drafted by the Urban Think Tank. The framework has been designed to integrate with council planning and support best management and innovation in urban waterway management.

At the same time the Ag Industry Think Tank has been building a commodity specific extension program that will interpret WQ information from statewide and regional monitoring and modelling programs.

This week representatives of the Think Tanks will present their work to The Panel, tasked with progressing regional capacity to update the next generation Water Quality Management Plan II.

Healthy river update

Gregory River Restoration (near Proserpine)
For almost two years Reef Catchments has been working with land managers on the Gregory River to encourage shared responsibility and stewardship in their catchment. Focus has been toward water flows for fish and restoring instream habitats as well as facilitating adaptive water management.

Professional development program

The Healthy Waterways Alliance and Reef Catchments recently hosted the Stream Rehabilitation Short Course: Principles and Practice of Bank-Erosion Assessment and Treatment at the Catchment Scale in partnership with the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University.

Eight local water management professionals were joined by 14 other experts who travelled from as far afield as southern Victoria, central New South Wales, south-east and northern Queensland to attend the course. The group’s skills ranged from integrated catchment management to bush regeneration, reef management, local government and urban water management.

New demonstration reach and river partnerships

O'Connell River
In a collaborative project with the Australian Rivers Institute, DERM, Pioneer River Improvement Trust, Central Queensland University, and O’Connell River land managers, Reef Catchments is looking at the contribution to environmental health, the structural effectiveness and cost benefit of Engineered Log Jams (ELJs) as a solution to streambank instability for tropical river systems.

ELJs will be constructed along a 150m section of unstable river, ‘recycling’ around 130 logs.

We are pleased to announce Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund has recently joined  the O'Connell River project as a partner in our river rehabilitation program. Reef Catchments is looking forward to working with all our river rehabilitation project partners.

Contact us if you can help connect Reef Catchments with a partners to source timbers for the ELJs.

Healthy Waterways Symposium
13-15 June 2012

Central Queensland University

Watch this space for details of the Healthy Waterways Forum 2012! This will be another great gathering hosted by Reef Catchments and the Healthy Waterways Alliance Mackay Whitsunday Isaac, to celebrate healthy waterway achievements in our region. Be a part of the Symposium and have a hand in guiding the future of local water management.

Why not join our Gold Sponsor, ANZ, to secure a special role in the Symposium celebrations.

Contact us  for a copy of the Healthy Waterways Sponsorship Proposal.


This project is partially funded through Reef Catchments and the Queensland Government's Q2 Coasts and Country


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