Partnership Officially Launched

Organisations across the Wet Tropics are working together to build the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

Yesterday Dr Steven Miles, Queensland Minister for the Great Barrier Reef, came to Cairns to officially launch the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership, an initiative of the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan.

The event was also an opportunity for organisations across the Wet Tropics to find out more about the Partnership and how they can make a contribution.

Chair Ryan Donnelly said this was an important community initiative and all organisations and groups in the region are encouraged to get involved.

“All the groups that have been consulted recognise the need to work together as a community to enhance the health of the Reef. Everyone can make a contribution,” he said.

One of the aims of the Partnership is to coordinate the sharing of water quality data to better understand the health of the region’s waterways and help inform where expenditure is best targeted.

The Partnership will produce an annual Wet Tropics Report Card that will present scientific data about waterway health against an agreed set of indicators in easy to understand diagrams. The first one will be released at the end of 2016.

“The Report Card will be collated from various sources and is underpinned by serious scientific rigour. The collective water quality data is openly available so that Partners can add substantial value to their own water quality data collection.

“The Report Card will help us monitor the progress we are making to improve waterway and reef health in our region. Our economy is dependent on the health of the Reef and, while climate change requires global action, we can take action locally as a community to ensure that the Reef is in the best possible condition to recover from events like the recent coral bleaching,” he said.

Organisations in the Wet Tropics who want to do something about enhancing the health of the Reef are invited to become a member of the Partnership.

The Wet Tropics Report Card will align with other Great Barrier Reef reporting programs such as the Great Barrier Reef Report Card and Outlook Report.

To find out more about becoming a member of the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership email info@wettropicswaterways.org.au

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